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PHHP 660 Current Global Health Issues

An overview of current issues in global health, including the impact of globalization on health, poverty, culture, conflict and the problem of refugees, food security and nutrition, environment and climate change, population growth and urbanization, HIV/AIDS, chronic diseases, infectious diseases and the special concerns of maternal and child health based on the available data and student self-experience.

Units: 3


Graduate students:

  • MPH ( Health Promotion Emphasis)

This course may also be taken by

  • Health professionals for continuing education
  • Graduate students of other schools as transfer credit


At least 2 hours/day for approximately 2 months



By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the distribution and impacts of major global health issues
  • Appreciate the complex interaction among the various global processes and issues and how, separately and in various combinations, they affect human health and well being
  • Discuss the ways in which major global health concerns are articulated at global level and the measures undertaken by local, national and international agencies to address them
  • Have the skills to propose effective interventions at individual, household, community and national levels to address global health issues



Week 1

Globalization: Process and Impacts

Week 2

Health in a Globalized World

Week 3

Health Disparities and Sustainable Development

Week 4 

Population Growth and Urbanization

Week 5

Nutrition and Global Health

Week 6

Maternal and Child Health

Week 7

Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Week 8

Sanitation, Water and Hygiene




Alaisa Lee Mbiriri, DrPH

Dr. Alaisa Lee Mbiriri is a Malawian national, born and raised in Zimbabwe. She is currently serving as a faculty at AIIAS Public Health department. She is a food scientist and nutritionist by profession, and holds a doctoral degree in Public Health Major in Preventive Health Care. She is an enthusiast in health promotion currently working towards being certified as a Lifestyle Medicine specialist. A certified trainer for women leadership, Dr. Alaisa enjoys training women for leadership.


Milton Y. Dariela Mesa, MD,MPH

Dr. Milton Mesa is currenly serving as a professor at Universidad Adventista del Plata in Argentina. He was a former faculty at the Adventist International Institute of Advcanced Studies (AIIAS) for several years.

Ayuka Oendo, MPH, PhD

Dr. Ayuka Oendo was a former faculty at the Adventist International Institute of Advcanced Studies (AIIAS) for several years. His interests are in community development, environment health and other current health issues.