Health Context Considerations in Global Health

Health Context Considerations in Global Health

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB) - Global Health Division

Health Context, Culture, and Communication in Global Health- PMO1017

Course Description:

Successful Global health Engagements require a foundational understanding of the country or region's Health Context.  practitioners from both the Department of Defense and the larger Global Health community recognize the need to understand the health context as an enabler for gloval health engagement efforts.  Perceptions of, and approaches to, health may vary significangly across the health context, through consideration of the cumulative influence of the contry context, socio-cultural background, health culture and communication, determinants of health, and the health system, is essential to effective global health engagements.

This course will prepare military health professionals to utilize the health context analysis framework as a standardized tool to collect, organize, and interpret information about a specific country or region and to inform global health engagements.  This course is designed to develop the students understanding of the components of the health context analyses framework and to apply the framework to a specific country.  At the conclusion of the course the student will be equipped with an in-depth understanding of the components of the health context analyses framework and have the experience to apply the framework to a designated country to enable the successful design and execution of Global Health Engagements.

By using the framework to examine a country's health context, students will be able to identify:

  • Critical aspects of the socio-cultural context that influence the country's health sector
  • Root causes of problems or challenges in the country's health sector
  • Capacity gaps in the country's health sector
  • Country needs and priorities in the health sector