Leadership and Global Health

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineCatherine Oswald

Course Description

The COVID-19 global pandemic tracks the fault lines of inequality—and this is not by accident. Nor is it coincidence that the pandemic has fueled the Movement for Black Lives with solidarity from all corners of the globe. The correlation between infections and racial and economic inequalities has played out time and time again throughout history, as TB, HIV, Ebola, and cholera have shown. Far from being an equalizer, COVID-19 has amplified pre-existing structural inequities tied to race, class and geography which increase risk for disease and are associated with decreased access to the health care in the US and globally. As the global community comes together to “build back better” after COVID-19, governments are grappling with how to overcome inequities in access to health care and reduce poverty as a means of curbing the spread of disease and improving lives. Building on this growing momentum, this course will focus on the important role that young people can play as leaders and innovators in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of global health. Students interested in public health research, medicine, economics, engineering, health policy and education, human rights law, business and management, and environmental science and sustainable development will be engrossed by this course.

Through course readings and lectures, students will learn about: infectious diseases such as COVID19, Ebola, HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis; maternal and child health; nutrition and food security; mental health and other non-communicable diseases; natural and man-made disaster emergency response situations; climate change and impact on global health; the US opioid epidemic; emerging infectious disease; bioethics; biomedical technology; and nonprofits and international aid organizations. By connecting global health challenges with local inequalities, students will leave this course with the background knowledge and leadership skills to develop Action Plans to address key challenges in global health and social justice to bring back to their own communities.


This course is part of the Leadership Institute Online, a four-week academic program that helps students cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. This unique program consists of two core elements: academic content based on the course of one's choosing and leadership content common to all courses, including the development of an Action Plan.

Enrollment in this program requires participation in one-hour synchronous or "live" sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am Eastern Standard Time (EST) - 12:30pm (EST). Other than participation in these two weekly synchronous or "live" sessions, participation in the course may be completed daily, at any time.

Additional programmatic information may be found here.

Prerequisites: None required.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEBI0941

Program Information

Leadership Institute

Brown's Pre-College Program focused on developing socially responsible leaders and creating positive change. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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