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Introduction to global health science 1

Module leads

Sarah Lewington Sarah Lewington

Richard Peto Richard Peto

Jane Green Jane Green

Learning objectives:

  • To have a clear outline of the global burden of disease;

  • To understand what drives the incidence of disease in terms of population at risk and prevalence of exposures;

  • To understand how preventive measures and effective treatments have greatly reduced mortality rates;

  • To know how the evidence emerged about some of the major causes of premature death. 


  1. Halving premature death: the global burden of disease
  2. Infectious diseases and major epidemics 
  3. Maternal and child health: history and future
  4. Effects of tobacco: history and future
  5. Tobacco control
  6. Major risk factors for vascular disease
  7. Global burden of cancer: history and future
  8. Global burden of external causes of death: history and future