Continuing & Online Education

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

Drone flight in rural Kasungu. Drones in Public Health Online Course - The use of drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles—"UAVs") in the public health context is relatively new but has been growing significantly over the last three years. Drones are being used globally to solve some of the most common health logistics challenges by circumventing problematic infrastructures on the ground, speeding up delivery processes and making supply chains more responsive. In addition, UAVs are being used to provide real time-imaging, collect data and map large areas quickly. This online course gives an understanding of how drones are being used in public health, emergency response and related fields. It serves as an introduction to government agencies and other organizations interested in utilizing drones to improve their operations. Learn more »
NCD Short Course NCDs & Human Rights Online Short Course - The Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute on Inequalities in 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:

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. Learn more »

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.