Global Health


To understand the main challenges of Global Health.
To understand the determinants of health in a globalized world.
To understand the link between health and development.
To know the competences needed to practice Global Health.
To understand the link between human rights and global health.
To understand the basics of Travelers Medicine.
To understand the gap in human resources and its implications for access to health.
To know the main institutional actors in global health.
To understand the organization, objectives and impact of the most important global health initiatives.
To become familiar with the main International Reports, Declarations and Seminal Documents.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Prof.ª Doutora Ana Abecasis


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Teaching language





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2. Jogerst K, Callender B, Adams B, Evert J, Fields E, Hall T, Olsen J, Rowthorn V, Rudy S, Shen J, Simon L, Torres H. Identifying interprofessional global health competencies for 21st century health professionals. Annals of Global Health. 81 (2), 2015. 239-247.
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7. European Commission. Towards an EU response to situations of fragility - Engaging in difficult environments for sustainable development, stability and peace. Brussels; 2007 Oct.
8. OECD. Concepts and Dilemmas of State Building in Fragile Situations: From Fragility to Resilience. 2008.
9. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & McKinsey and Co. Global health partnerships: Assessing country consequences. 2005. Available:
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13. World Health Organization. World Health Statistics 2018: Monitoring Health for SDGs. Geneva: World Health Organization 2018.
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15. UNICEF. The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World. UNICEF 2017.
16. The World Bank and The World Health Organization. Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report. 2017.
17. Organização das Nações Unidas. Declaração Universal dos Direitos Humanos. 1948.

Teaching method

The Curricular Unit will be taught using interactive teaching and:
a) Formal presentation by the teacher
b) Plenary discussions on specific and controversial topics.
Each topic will be introduced by a formal power point presentation. This presentation will be posted in moodle platform together with references to relevant scientific articles. During the presentation a plenary discussion on controversial topics will be encouraged. 

Evaluation method

The assessment of students is made:
- In the 1st season through a Written Examination.  The assessment and evaluation of the learning will be done through a multi-choice questionnaire related to the slides and documents posted in the moodle.
- In the 2nd and special exam seasons through oral essay questions. The evaluation will be done through questions related to the contents thought in classes and/or available in the documents provided in moodle.

Subject matter

1. Introduction to global health
Evolution of the most important concepts and principles that govern the practice of global health.
Competences need to practice Global Health.

2. The concept of Fragile State and its reflexion in Health Systems
 Presentation of the case of Human Resources in Health.

3. Human Rights and Global Health
Core principles of human rights. Core elements of a right to health.

4. Infectious diseases
Distribution and expansion of transmissible diseases in the world and in Europe. Mecanisms needed for its control.

5. Noncommunicable Diseases
Current status of noncommunicable diseases and presentation of a guide for action to revert the existing epidemic.

6. Global Health Initiatives
Institutional actors in global health.
Organization, objectives and impact of the main global health initiatives.

7. Travelers Medicine
Basic principles of traveler’s medicine.

8. Humanitarian Law and response to humanitarian crises
International Humanitarian Law. Response to humanitarian crises.

9. Reports, Declarations and Seminal Documents in Global Health
Importance of reports, declaration and seminal documents and its impact in Global Health.


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