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Global Health Security: Policies and Organisations

Learn about global health security and how international health policies and organisations help protect public health.

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Global Health Security: Policies and Organisations

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Foster global health security with Taipei Medical University

With the rapid advance of technology and the rise of big data, twentieth-century health issues have become globalised. That makes global health security an issue of vital importance everywhere.

This four-week course from Taipei Medical University provides an overview of global health security and the policies and organisations that promote it.

Paying particular attention to the Global Health Security Agenda and the impact of COVID-19, you’ll learn how international cooperation can help prevent the spread of diseases and protect public health.

Unpack health policies including the GHSA and the PIP

You’ll start the course by tracing the history of international health regulations, and the organisations that determine them.

Next you’ll home in on two crucial contemporary policies: the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) framework.

You’ll examine the different goals of the two regulations, and some of the controversial issues they are tasked with resolving.

Explore the impact of COVID-19 on global health governance

Over the four weeks of the course, you’ll focus on one particularly important case study: the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you explore changing approaches to infectious disease control, you’ll learn how the world’s experience of the pandemic has helped shape global health governance.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge you need to play your own part in tackling infectious diseases and fostering health security all around the world.

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  • Week 1

    Fostering Global Health Security

    • Fostering Global Health Security: Evolving Policies and the WHO's Vital Role

      This week, we will explore several topics in global health security, including how organizations develop global health strategies and briefly introduce the WHO.

  • Week 2

    Global Health Security Agenda

    • Fusing GHSA Capacity and International Health Regulations for Global Health Securit

      This week we will explore GHSA and IHR for Global Health Securityand find out how to enhance global health safety.

  • Week 3

    The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework

    • The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework

      The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework is a global initiative established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to enhance worldwide readiness for managing large-scale influenza outbreaks.

  • Week 4

    Changing Patterns of Global Health Governance in Infectious Disease Control

    • Global Health Security and COVID-19

      In this session, you will learn about the critical issues and its impact as a Global Health Security Challenge.

    • Final Reveiw

      This will be the last part of this course. Have a quick review to reflect your learning.

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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...

  • Describe the history of international health regulations.
  • Explore global health organizations, what they are for and what they are doing.
  • Explain what PIP framework is, and how it contribute to global health.
  • Summarise the Current Global health security threat, and how to face them.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in understanding and fostering global health security.

You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience to enrol in this course.

Who will you learn with?

Professor and Director,
Master Program in Global Health and Health Security
Taipei Medical University

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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