Global Health Policy

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About this course: In this course, learners will become familiar with principles and theories of global health problems, and major challenges and controversies in improving global population health as well as practical applications of quantitative methods to analyze and interpret issues and challenges for policy. Topics will include health and foreign policy, health governance, acute disease surveillance, non-communicable diseases, burden of disease, universal health coverage, health systems strengthening, health financing, and human resources for health and ageing.

Who is this class for: Both undergraduate and graduate students aiming to learn basics of global health policy. No ba…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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About this course: In this course, learners will become familiar with principles and theories of global health problems, and major challenges and controversies in improving global population health as well as practical applications of quantitative methods to analyze and interpret issues and challenges for policy. Topics will include health and foreign policy, health governance, acute disease surveillance, non-communicable diseases, burden of disease, universal health coverage, health systems strengthening, health financing, and human resources for health and ageing.

Who is this class for: Both undergraduate and graduate students aiming to learn basics of global health policy. No background is necessary, though basic medical knowledge is helpful.

Created by:  The University of Tokyo
  • Taught by:  Hiroshi Nishiura, (Former Affiliation) Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

    (Current Affiliation) Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University
  • Taught by:  Stuart Gilmour, Associate Professor

    Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine
  • Taught by:  Kenji Shibuya, Professor and Chair

    Department of Global Health Policy, Graduate School of Medicine
Level Beginner Commitment 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.4 stars Average User Rating 4.4See what learners said Coursework

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WEEK 1


Global Health Policy and Governance



There are four modules in this lecture series. We will start with key issues in current global health policy and governance. The year 2015 reminded political leaders and the public that people’s safety is a genuine challenge at a time of disease epidemics, terrorism, refugee and migration crises, and climate change among others. The recent Ebola virus outbreaks in west Africa exposed weaknesses in core global functions, such as the provision of global public goods, management of cross-boarder externalities and fostering of leadership and stewardship. This module describes major challenges and issues in global health policy and proposes actions in global health, in particular for Japan at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.


9 videos, 1 reading, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Course Overview
  2. Reading: Course Description
  3. Video: Global Health Transition
  4. Video: Epidemiological Transition
  5. Video: Evolution of Global Health
  6. Video: Global Health Governance
  7. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 1-1
  8. Video: Global Health Challenges
  9. Video: Challenges in Global Health Policy
  10. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 1-2
  11. Video: Japan’s Commitment to Global Health
  12. Video: Proposals for the G7 Summit
  13. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 1-3

Graded: Graded Quiz 1

WEEK 2


Pandemics and Health Security Responses



In this module, we will explore the relationship between universal health coverage, disasters and pandemics. We will learn how to measure and understand the spread of infectious diseases, and how to respond to them. We will also consider the conditions necessary to ensure an effective and timely response to both infectious disease emergencies and disasters, and identify the common role that universal health coverage plays in preparing societies for these unexpected threats to human well-being.


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  1. Video: Pandemics and Health Security Response I
  2. Video: Pandemics and Health Security Response II
  3. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 2-1
  4. Video: Outbreak Investigation "Consider Your Action" I
  5. Video: Outbreak Investigation "Consider Your Action" II
  6. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 2-2
  7. Video: Lessons from Pandemic H1N1-2009
  8. Video: Real-time Research Response
  9. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 2-3
  10. Video: Disasters, health and human security
  11. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 2-4
  12. Video: Acute disaster response in an aging society
  13. Video: Acute effects
  14. Video: Long-term health effects
  15. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 2-5
  16. Video: Health, human security and disaster response
  17. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 2-6

Graded: Graded Quiz 2

WEEK 3


Universal Health Coverage in the Context of Aging



In Module 3, we will introduce the basic concept of universal health coverage (UHC), some technical aspects of health financing, and methods for measuring and improving UHC systems. We will also discuss the challenges to UHC posed by aging and development, including for developing countries. Finally, we will explore policy solutions to aging, and look at new policies being used around the world to improve and strengthen UHC systems.


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  1. Video: Overview and concepts
  2. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 3-1
  3. Video: Financial Risk Protection I
  4. Video: Financial Risk Protection II
  5. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 3-2
  6. Video: Health Service Coverage
  7. Video: Equity
  8. Video: Aging
  9. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 3-3
  10. Video: Case study 1: Japan
  11. Video: Case study 2: Bangladesh
  12. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 3-4
  13. Video: New Policy Directions
  14. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 3-5

Graded: Graded Quiz 3

WEEK 4


The Future of Japan's Health System: Sustaining Good Health with Equity at Low Cost



One of the central themes in today’s global health policy is the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). The recent Ebola crisis has indicated that not only responses, but preparedness is key to tackling health emergencies. There is a growing consensus that a set of low-cost, smart investments at country level has the potential to make a significant difference in building resilient health systems. Japan achieved UHC in 1961 at a time of rapid economic development, while the country was still relatively poor. Japan has achieved some of the best population health outcomes at relatively low cost with equity over half a century. However, Japan is facing a huge demographic and fiscal challenge to sustain its health system. In this module, we will review the historical context for Japan’s health system development, examine current challenges to its sustainability, and examine ongoing efforts to reform the system. The major objective is to share important lessons in current debates on global health policy and governance from Japan’s experiences.


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  1. Video: UHC in Japan: Introduction
  2. Video: Understanding Health System Performance
  3. Video: Population Health
  4. Video: UHC in Japan: Achievements and Challenges
  5. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 4-1
  6. Video: Cost Containment
  7. Video: Service Quality
  8. Video: Population Aging
  9. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 4-2
  10. Video: Future Directions
  11. Practice Quiz: Practice Quiz 4-3

Graded: Graded Quiz 4
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