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Global Perspectives on Public Health

Promoting Health and Preventing Illness

Join this FREE virtual, four-week short course to gain insight into the field of Public Health with a global perspective. Be part of a global virtual classroom with peers from around the world.

A comprehensive outlook on Public Health from global experts

Designed for third- and fourth-year bachelor's students, the Global Perspectives of Public Health (GPPH) short course is perfect for those who desire to enter the Public Health field.

Each 90-min session will cover a current public health topic and will be taught by a public health leader or expert faculty from across the globe.

Upon successfully finishing the short course, students will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Cincinnati.

Course Schedule

The course schedule will include 8 web-based sessions on Zoom, including:

  • an introductory meeting 
  • completion ceremony
  • eight 90-minute sessions
    • 60 minutes of topic overview 
    • 30 minutes of Q & A

We expect that by signing up for this program, you will block your schedule for all sessions and are planning to attend them. If that is not the case, inform us of this at the time of your application. You must attend 7 of the 8 sessions to receive the certificate of completion from the University of Cincinnati.

February 12 - March 6

Classes will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 - 10am EST.

A course description is coming soon!

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Dr. Tina Cheng, MD, MPH

B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Tina L. Cheng, MD, MPH, is the B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, Chief medical officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation

We will first review where global health came from (over more than a century), and how it was conceptualized, defined and taught initially. The 2020 Covid-19 crisis has shed a very hard light on global health in many ways. A local health issue went global and reached the pandemic stage in less than two months.

Globalization has shown that public health responses could no longer be at local and country level, but that the inter-dependency with economies and political systems had serious health impacts all over the world. The governing bodies of global health have sadly shown they were at least partly inefficient and could not provide the adequate responses on this rapidly evolving context. A large reform of the World Health Organization (WHO) and perhaps of other multilateral agencies is thus being contemplated and already actively discussed.

This lecture will summarize this unprecedented series of events and will update the audience on where this may lead the global health movement.

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Prof. Dr. François Dabis

Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health (ISPED), Université de Bordeaux

Medical doctor, Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health of Bordeaux University. Coordinator of the public health program against HIV/AIDS in Nouvelle Aquitaine, South-Western France.

To describe main concepts including fundamental normative requirements like Ottawa, UN SDGs or Habitat III; based on research examples illustrate main aspects of associations between urban areas and facets of Public Health including methodical approaches like geographic information systems (GIS); to demonstrate the interdisciplinary dimension of Urban Public Health.
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Prof. Dr. Susanne Moebus

Director of the Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH), University of Duisburg-Essen

Director of the Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH) – formerly Centre for Urban Epidemiology (CUE) – at the University Hospital of Essen, Medical Faculty University of Duisburg-Essen.

The presentation will address the future of public health with focus on the Middle East. It will start by raising questions about the need for thinking about the future, and what are the potential associated dangers with wrong projections. It will then discuss the three common mistakes made with future projections especially in healthcare.

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Prof. Yahya Al-Farsi

Professor of Public health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

This lecture will discuss:

  • A brief history of causal thinking in epidemiology and public health 
  • Contemporary debates about causal inference
  • The problem of external validity in public health – “one size doesn’t fit all” 
  • Conceptual basis of prediction in public health
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Prof. Alex Broadbent

Director, Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg

Alex Broadbent is Director of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. He specializes in philosophical issues in epidemiology, medicine and causation.

The central idea of the lecture will be to examine the predominant treatment / illness-focused approach within public mental health, and encourage the audience, as present and future public health leaders, to ideas from positive psychology and related fields can inform mental health promotion. advocate for mental health promotion.

We will explore how key ideas from positive psychology and related fields can inform mental health promotion. In addition to examples and case studies, the lecture will include practical exercises to encourage application, self-reflection, and sharing.

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Prof. Divya Ballal

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Christ (Deemed to Be) University

Divya Ballal holds a PhD in Social Work and works as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. Her interests lie in the field of child and family mental health.

In general, social welfare refers to the reciprocal relationships between individuals with society and between society and individuals, which may or may not translate into satisfaction, achievement of capabilities and finding purpose for individuals and communities.

This session explores alternative definitions and concepts related to well-being, the contrast between objective and subjectve well-being, and five specific aspects of well-being in detail.

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Prof. Rolando Enrique Peñaloza Quintero

Director at the Institute of Public Health, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Director of the Institute of Public Health at the Javeriana University. Titular Professor. Doctor in Political Studies from the Externado de Colombia University. Director of the research group "Health Policy and Economics."

Members of the panel are a mix of public health "practitioners" and educators. The overarching aim of the panel is to provide students with an understanding of the diversity in career pathways and trajectories that are available to students with an interest in Public Health.

The panel discussion will be built around personal narrative rather than a deep dive into content. 


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Joumana El Turk

Dean, School of Health Sciences, International University of Casablanca, Morocco

Dr. Joumana El Turk is the Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the International University of Casablanca. She is a specialist in molecular genetics and biotechnology with more than 20 years of experience.

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Kim Miller, MD

Associate Professor and Executive Director, UC University Health Services, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Kim L. Miller MD is a practicing internist and associate professor on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is a college health specialist, and executive director of UC's University Health Services.

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Lakshmi Sammarco

Coroner, Hamilton County, Ohio

Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco is a board-certified neuroradiologist and the first female coroner and Asian Indian ever elected to a political post in Hamilton County.

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Malaki Tshipayagae

General Surgeon, Sidilega Private Hospital, Botswana

Malaki Tshipayagae is a General Surgeon currently working at Sidilega Private Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. He assisted in the national response to COVID-19 as a member of Botswana's Presidential Task Force.

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Da (Alfred) Li

Chief Pharmacist, Raffles Hospitals, China

Da Li is the Chief Pharmacist for Raffles Hospitals in the China region. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of a telemedicine platform for patients and healthcare professionals in Wuhan, China during the pandemic.