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Building Alliances in Global Health: From Global Institutions to Local Communities

Understand the challenges of alliance building within the global health sector with this innovative and informative course.

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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Build alliances in global health using polio eradication as a case study

This hands-on course will prepare you to overcome the challenges associated with alliance building within the global health sector.

Using The Global Polio Eradication Initiative as a case study, you’ll address the themes of political advocacy, policymaking, health communications and wider community engagement.

Discuss the value of and best practices for building alliances in global health

You’ll gain an in-depth look at the process of alliance building using The Global Polio Eradication Initiative; an exemplar of global partnerships between UN agencies, the private sector, non-governmental actors, civil society organisations and local communities.

You’ll learn about the wide variety of stakeholders present throughout the policy and planning processes, and will also get an insight into the challenges that can sometimes occur due to resistance, opposition and even hostility.

Apply communication and community engagement strategies to disease control programmes

Using the polio eradication effort as a case study, you’ll address political advocacy and community engagement, and will also explore the politics and interpersonal relations required to build a global health programme.

You’ll also reflect upon the lessons learned from the polio eradication effort.

Study with experts from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Convening the Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations from Polio Eradication (STRIPE)- a project bringing together polio experts from around the world - you’ll be learning from the best minds at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; a leading global institution in healthcare.

Many lecturers who teach the course are partners as part of STRIPE, and these partnerships are recognised within every lecture.

What topics will you cover?

• Building global alliances and engaging national governments
• Policy, process, stakeholders, and context for vaccination programs and eradication
• Policy engagement in conflict settings
• Health communications and behavior change
• Community engagement and social mobilization
• Applying lessons from polio eradication to non-polio efforts

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the value of and best practices for building alliances
  • Identify and engage a wide variety of stakeholders in the policy and planning processes
  • Apply communication and health behavior change strategies to disease eradication programs
  • Reflect upon and apply the lessons learned from the polio eradication effort

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people working or aspiring to work on global infectious disease control programmes.

It is suitable for people working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ministries of health, public health agencies, international organisations, healthcare systems, and academic institutions.

Who will you learn with?

Olakunle Alonge's teaching and research focuses on advancing the field of implementation research and applying its methods to improve the implementation of complex public health interventions globally

Svea is Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a medical anthropologist who studies health systems.

Dr. Kalbarczyk is a faculty member in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Assistant Director of the Hopkins Center for Global Health.

I am a public health physician currently working in health systems strengthening research projects in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Who developed the course?

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university, is committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning, independent research, and sharing the benefits of discovery with the world.


The Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations in Polio Eradication (STRIPE) project seeks to map, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge from the polio eradication initiative using an implementation science lens.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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