Health Context Analysis

Health Context Analysis

USU Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB) - Global Health Division
Health Context Analysis - 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 global health engagement efforts. Perceptions of, and approaches to, health may vary significantly across regions, localities, or even within a family. A comprehensive understanding of the health context, through consideration of the cumulative influence of the country context, determinants of health, and the health systems, socio-cultural background, and health culture and communication is thus 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. It is designed to develop the students understanding of the components of the health context analysis framework and to apply the framework to a specific country.  

At the conclusion of the course, students will be equipped with an in-depth understanding of the components of the health context analysis 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:

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