Below are a few selected online global health courses USC Institute for Global Health faculty teach and/or facilitate.

Certificate course: UAVs (Drones) in Global Public Health

This online certificate course, launched in 2018,  will explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/drones) in public health, emergency response and related fields. Developed and taught by Shubha Kumar, assistant professor of preventive medicine and director of the USC Master of Public Health online program, in collaboration with Helena Samsioe, CEO and founder of drone service company Globhe, the course is structured as an introduction to government officials, agencies, organizations and companies interested in utilizing drones to improve their operations. Learn more »


Global Health LIVE!

Global Health LIVE!Global Health LIVE! is an innovative graduate seminar for graduate students that was co-designed by Professors Terry Schmidt (from University of California, Irvine), Shubha Kumar (University of Southern California) and Mellissa Withers (University of Southern California). First offered in 2015, the course extends global health theory to practice. At least three universities (approximately 40-50 students) participate in the course. Universities sign on simultaneously once a week for two hours over 10 weeks through a web-based platform. These live sessions provide a space for students to interact with each other and their instructors, as well as with prominent weekly guest speakers—high-ranking academic, government and non-profit organization leaders and researchers from around the world. The guest speakers present lectures and discuss professional challenges and successes they have faced in their global health careers. One major assignment requires students to work in multi-university groups to produce short final videos outlining global health leadership topics. Learn more »


NCDs & Human Rights Online Short Course

NCD Short Course

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health developed a free online course to address the links between non-communicable diseases (NCDs), human rights and public health. Designed to boost literacy and support action, the course is intended to be a useful resource for advocacy groups, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, students and anyone interested in exploring and addressing the links between human rights and NCDs. The course is divided into seven sessions, and includes lectures, video links, and access to key documents. Course lecturers include USC professors Laura Ferguson and Sofia Gruskin, as well as David Patterson (International Development Law Organization) and Marcus Stahlhofer (World Health Organization). Access the course: www.ncdsandhumanrights.com


Ethical Issues in Global Health

First offered in 2016, this online global health ethics course taught by Drs. Shubha Kumar and Mellissa Withers brings universities around the world together for a virtual classroom experience in global health ethics. Students participate simultaneously each week for approximately 10 weeks. Two weeks of introductory lectures, both pre-recorded and live, teach the students core ethics principles. Then, through online trainings, movies, guest lectures and social media, they learn to apply these principles to real-world cases involving such contentious topics as organ transplantation, clinical trials in developing countries, assisted reproductive technologies and more.



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