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Introduction to global health science

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;

  • To appreciate key concepts and terminology in health economics, and the relation between health, income and economic development.


  1. Halving premature death
  2. Infectious diseases and major epidemics 
  3. Maternal and child health
  4. Blood pressure, cholesterol
  5. Obesity, diabetes
  6. Tobacco control
  7. Cancer
  8. Economic and health economics
  9. Infectious disease and major epidemics
  10. External causes of death