Courses

The Global Health eLearning Center offers courses aimed at increasing knowledge in a variety of global health technical areas. A complete listing of courses is below. Individual courses are also part of certificate programs, listed to the left, as well as on the Certificate Program page. Courses that have been translated and can be found on the Translation page.

  • Because birth complications are often unpredictable, having an emergency plan in place can mean the difference between life and death for a mother and her newborn. Read about the effects of anemia, malaria, HIV and syphilis on pregnancy. Delve into a session devoted entirely to ANC program considerations, including utilization of services, integration with other programs, and monitoring and evaluation. 

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) refers to the situation when disease causing germs are able to withstand the killing or suppressing power of antimicrobial medicines.

    Increase awareness and understanding of the basic principles of AMR in this course. Study the impact AMR has on individuals and society, why it is rapidly becoming a major public health concern and what is being done internationally to address it. 

  • This course provides general information on cervical cancer. Learn about its growing global burden, and discover effective, low-cost tools available to detect and treat precancerous lesions.

    The course also contains essential information for planners and managers of cervical cancer programs

  • Many programs aimed at improving the health of a population focus only on the public health sector. Yet, the healthcare system is comprised of both the public and private sector. 

    Program planners interested in working with the private sector will greatly benefit from taking this course, as it provides a basic understanding of the commercial for-profit private sector in health.

  • Created for program managers who design and implement CBFP programs, this course orients the learner to the major strategies, benefits, and challenges of CBFP while learning essential concepts for successful, sustainable programs.

  • A mother and child sell vegetables at a roadside stand in Kampala, Uganda. © 2011 Rachel Steckelberg, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Creating an Enabling Environment for Young Vulnerable Children and their Caregivers is the fifth in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) series which aims to engage staff of implementing agencies involved in ECD programs, focusing on vulnerable children affected by HIV, or facing other challenges such as chronic poverty, displacement, or conflict. The six course series will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding necessary to incorporate holistic ECD messages and activities into their programs (i.e., home-based care, OVC programs, etc.).

  • To make HIV/AIDS programs effective, high quality data are needed to inform, monitor, and manage them. In this introductory course, learners understand what data quality is, why it is important, and what programs can do to improve it.

  • The purpose of this course is to promote data use for evidence-based HIV/AIDS program planning and improvement. Aimed at HIV/AIDS program managers, the course provides an overview of the use of data and the processes associated with planning for data collection, analysis, and utilization. 

  • Source - Blake Zachary, The DHS Program/ICF International. Description - Field workers walking to a cluster in Ethiopia.

    For thirty years, The DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys) Program has collected data on fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV, and malaria. Aimed at program staff, policy makers, and researchers, this course provides an overview of the DHS project including a description of demographic health surveys, topics covered in the DHS, and steps to conduct a DHS. 

  • The international development community now recognizes that for foreign aid to be sustainable, the donor/recipient relationship must become one of partnership. The relationships between donors, governments, civil society, and the private for profit sector need to be redefined.

    This course is the first in the series, Dependency to Partnership. It explores the dimensions, psychology, and dynamics of change needed to make foreign aid more effective.

  • This is the second course in the series, Dependency to Partnership. It looks at the management and leadership practices that will be required to lead teams, offices, agencies, businesses, delegations, government structures, civil society, and private voluntary organizations to bring about the shifts that are called for in the way aid programs are delivered.

    This course will introduce you to the practices of leading and managing that underlie successful change and that are essential to foreign assistance programs that work.

  • New HIV infections continue to fall and more people than ever are starting treatment. Yet, to be effective, the AIDS response must focus on high-impact, high-value strategies. One of these strategies is to design and implement HIV prevention programs for people at higher risk of HIV infection. This course will provide field staff and country partners guidance on best practices for HIV prevention programming with key populations.

  • Take this course to learn the etiology and epidemiology, assessment and classification, treatment and prevention of diarrhea.

    Program managers will particularly benefit from sessions on program considerations, highlighting information on diarrheal program goals and components, partners, supply chain management, and monitoring and evaluation. 

  • In the face of increasing economic constraints, it is critically important to evaluate how to utilize available resources. The information gained from economic analyses on the cost and value of public health activities helps decision makers make choices based on data.

    In this course, learners will understand the main methods of economic evaluation and the steps involved in performing an economic evaluation.

  • The course is aimed at those individuals involved in planning for, implementing, and evaluating essential obstetric and newborn care (EONC) programs. EONC encompasses all care that is provided during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and the postpartum period to prevent and manage complications.

  • It is estimated that 34 out of every 1,000 babies born in developing countries die before they reach one month of age. In this course, authors discuss the continuum of care of the newborn which spans antenatal care, labor and birth care, immediate newborn care, and postpartum care for mother and newborn, and devote an entire section to infant feeding.

  • More than 200 million women in the developing world will enter their reproductive years during the next decade. In the future, as in the past, family planning (FP) will help save the lives of countless women and children, and will help alleviate poverty, reduce stress on the environment, and ensure that families are better able to feed, clothe, and educate their children.

    This course will provide basic "need-to-know" information relevant to voluntary FP programs and services.
     

  • Counseling is an essential element of family planning (FP) services. This course describes FP counseling and explains its importance. FP providers and FP program managers will particularly benefit from this course.

  • Learn the guiding principles that can help family planning professionals create new systems, make improvements to existing platforms, and prepare for future challenges. This course highlights program experiences, best practices, lessons learned, and provides key resources. 

  • A violation of women’s fundamental human rights, the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) endangers the physical, psychological, reproductive, and sexual health of women.

    This course sheds light on FGM/C, its global prevalence rates, and related socio-economic factors such as age, generational trends, mother's education, place of residence, religion, ethnicity, and household wealth. 

  • This course is designed to build the skills of those who are in a position to support change agents in health service delivery. These change agents may be either local health practitioners and managers or mid-level program managers who champion a change in their programs.

  • Clients, providers, and programs can benefit from including family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH) in HIV/AIDS service settings. This course is aimed at FP/RH/HIV service providers and program managers. Authors discuss the benefits of integrating FP services and counseling with HIV/AIDS services, overcoming some common obstacles to integration, and strengthening health systems for integration. 

  • A counselor talks with the mother of a new born about breastfeeding, infant health, and child nutrition practices at District Hospital of Chhindwara in the District of Madhya Pradesh, India. © 2013 Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The course will assist USAID field-based health officers, foreign service nationals, and U.S. government partners to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in health systems strengthening efforts. By the end of the course, the learner will understand how health systems components interact with each other, how gender plays a role in each health systems component, and how to address these gender issues in health systems strengthening activities in order to improve health and social outcomes. 

  • Gender norms influence people's access to and use of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and programming. Health professionals need to understand the relationship between gender and SRH to improve health outcomes.

    Anyone interested in gaining an introduction to gender and sexual and reproductive health will benefit from taking this course. 

  • Human health is intimately related to one’s physical location on Earth. The spatial pattern of disease in a population is vital evidence for public health analysts and decision makers when seeking to understand causes and plan interventions.

    This course is intended for public health program planners, managers, and professional staff who are interested in learning how geography and spatial data can benefit their programs. 

  • A poster at a primary health center in Zanzibar promotes family planning. © 2005 Alfredo L. Fort, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    Effective health communication interventions are an essential component of public health programming. Research shows that theory-driven, interactive communication that follows a proven process for design and implementation can increase knowledge, shift attitudes and norms, and produce changes in a wide range of behaviors. 

    This course aims to increase the learner’s understanding of the basic principles of health communication. It also includes tips and additional resources for managing health communication projects.

  • For-profit health care providers are a large, diverse, and growing group who are not only service delivery points - they are businesses. To ensure these for-profit health care businesses continue to provide quality health care services, they have to operate on viable and profitable terms. This course will benefit anyone interested in gaining an overview of the private health care sector, but is specifically designed for donors and program managers. 

  • Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) education is a family planning intervention to help women and couples space or limit their pregnancies to achieve the healthiest outcomes for women, newborns, infants and children.

    This course covers basic information about HTSP and why HTSP is important around the world. 

  • Discover the basics of HIV/AIDS biology, epidemiology, and prevention in this course. Learn the basic biology of the virus, modes of transmission, progression of the disease and basic epidemiology of HIV.

  • Stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS have a profound effect on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The fear of stigma and discrimination negatively affects the way in which individuals and families protect themselves, provide care, and support those affected.

    Anyone interested in gaining a basic understanding of stigma and discrimination as it relates to the HIV/AIDS epidemic would benefit from taking this course.
     

  • HIV surveillance systems monitor the magnitude and trends in the prevalence of infection and risk behavior. This course will provide a background of the HIV epidemic – magnitude, modes of transmission, and natural history – an overview of HIV surveillance systems and a basic understanding of HIV surveillance components. 

  • Hormonal contraceptives are very effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly and are an important part of a program's contraceptive method mix.

    This course provides information that program managers and clinic staff can use to improve the quality of care in providing hormonal contraceptive methods. 

  • This course introduces the basic principles and promising practices related to human resources for health (HRH). HRH is an important element of health systems in general and HRH issues have no simple solutions; resolving them requires a coordinated response from a variety of stakeholders representing all levels of the healthcare system and even beyond.

  • In this course, discover basic concepts of immunity, vaccination, vaccine-preventable diseases, and the global effort to immunize all children. In addition to providing a range of tools and resources for immunization program personnel, authors also present a case study on strengthening routine immunization coverage in Madagascar. 

  • A grandmother laughs with her two grandsons in Howrah, India. © 2012 Susanta, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Improving the Lives of Young Vulnerable Children and their Caregivers is the third in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) series  which aims to engage staff of implementing agencies involved in existing ECD programs in different contexts, currently focusing on vulnerable children affected by HIV, or facing other challenges such as chronic poverty, displacement, or conflict. The six course series will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding necessary to incorporate holistic ECD messages and activities into their programs (i.e., home-based care, OVC programs, etc.).

  • Source-CARE. Description-Swaddled baby girl.

    The Integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programming for Young Vulnerable Children course is the second in the ECD series which aims to engage staff of implementing agencies involved in existing ECD programs, focusing on vulnerable children affected by HIV, or facing other challenges such as chronic poverty, displacement, or conflict. The six course series will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding necessary to incorporate holistic ECD messages and activities into their programs (i.e., home-based care, OVC programs, etc.).

  • Source - CARE/Save the Children

    Introduction to Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the first in the ECD series which aims to engage staff of implementing agencies involved in existing ECD programs, focusing on vulnerable children affected by HIV, or facing other challenges such as chronic poverty, displacement, or conflict. The six course series will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding necessary to incorporate holistic ECD messages and activities into their programs (i.e., home-based care, OVC programs, etc.).

  • The IUD is one of the most popular and effective methods in the world, with many positive attributes. Yet in many countries, IUDs are not widely used. This course reviews the basic attributes and advantages of the IUD, safety issues, insertion and use. 

  • Description-Info Lady shows video to adolescent girls. Source-© 2012 Cassandra Mickish/CCP, Courtesy of Photoshare.

    Knowledge management (KM) is the intentional and ongoing process of generating new knowledge, capturing and organizing existing knowledge, adapting that knowledge to meet different audiences' needs and sharing it at the right time in a format that is useful and usable. Health care providers, program managers, and policy makers around the world require evidence-based information and knowledge to reduce duplication of effort across programs and activities and increase efficiency, inform decision making, and improve the quality of services.

  • A billboard shows family planning methods near the Plassac Health Clinic run by HAS (Hôpital Albert Schweitzer) in rural Haiti. © 2008 Margaret F. McCann, Courtesy of Photoshare

    Ensuring access to information and affordable quality services for a wide range of contraceptive methods within family planning (FP) programs is vital to enabling women and men to achieve their reproductive intentions, whether they choose to delay a first pregnancy, space pregnancies, or limit further childbearing.

  • The purpose of a logistics system is to get the product to the customer, thereby providing good customer service. This course provides basic information on supply chain logistics for health commodities and explains the importance of logistics to health programs. It is an overview of some of the basic principles of logistics and serves to orient the learner to the topic.

  • Quality HIV/AIDS programs depend on individuals and organizations with solid monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experience—not to mention adequate infrastructure and resources. Creating M&E frameworks is an integral step in the development of M&E plans. This course has been developed for strategic information (SI) generalists, M&E professionals, program managers and public health professionals working at national and sub-national levels.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an essential component of any intervention, project, or program. This course will benefit anyone interested in learning the basics of M&E. Authors describe what monitoring and evaluating really mean, the M&E plan, M&E frameworks, indicators, data sources, collection, and use. 

  • A field worker in Vihiga, Kenya registers HIV/AIDS orphans

    M&E of Holistic ECD Programs is the final course in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) series which aims to engage staff of implementing agencies involved in existing ECD programs, focusing on vulnerable children affected by HIV, or facing other challenges such as chronic poverty, displacement, or conflict. The six course series will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding necessary to incorporate holistic ECD messages and activities into their programs (i.e., home-based care, OVC programs, etc.).

  • Malaria is a leading cause of illness and death in the developing world and a significant drag on economic development.

    This course will provide basic knowledge about malaria including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. 

  • This course provides health professionals with an overview of both the science and the programming associated with prevention and control of malaria in pregnancy (MIP). Authors explore MIP partnerships and the roles of various malaria control partners at different levels of the health system, and review 'MIP readiness' - whether countries have the necessary guidelines, resources, and other MIP program components in place.

  • The evidence is compelling – male circumcision (MC) reduces female-to-male transmission of HIV by approximately 60%. This course provides health policy makers and program managers with an overview of scientific evidence of MC's protection against HIV transmission, the acceptability and safety of MC, challenges to MC program implementation, and policy and program guidance.

  • This course is aimed at program and technical advisors working to reduce the number of maternal deaths around the world. Authors cover the magnitude of global maternal mortality, progress, and obstacles to reaching Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5: Reducing Maternal Mortality.

  • Source - Satish Srivastava/Catholic Relief Services. An ASHA uses a CommCare application on mobile phone to counsel her pregnant client.

    mHealth is the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives.

    The widespread use of mobile phones is one reason why this practice is rapidly progressing.  This course provides an introduction to this emerging field and an overview of best practices for mHealth solution development.

    The focus of the course is on mHealth applications commonly used in developing country contexts.

  • This course will provide a basic overview of the importance and usefulness of mortality data and will introduce a range of approaches to collecting such data. Approaches discussed include vital registration (VR) systems, verbal autopsy, sample vital registration systems (SAVVY), and population-based surveys with verbal autopsy. Examples from the field are given throughout the sessions and the advantages and limitations of the various methods are discussed.

  • Every year more than 700,000 children are infected with HIV. The most common route of HIV transmission for newborns and infants is mother-to-child transmission (MTCT).

    This course discusses the magnitude of the problem and the method of transmission from mother to child. 

  • This course covers key issues in the prevention and treatment of neonatal infections, including epidemiology and magnitude of the problem, prevention and treatment of bacterial infections in the newborn at peripheral facilities and in the community.

  • Aimed at program managers, this course discusses the basic concepts of good nutrition and common nutritional deficiencies, the magnitude of malnutrition in different populations, vulnerable groups, and the causes of undernutrition. Authors also discuss the causal framework of malnutrition, “short route” interventions to improve nutritional status, and key indicators for nutrition programs. 

  • Anyone interested in learning about the etiology and epidemiology of pneumonia will benefit from taking this course. Service providers and program managers will particularly benefit.  Discover tools for assessment, classification, treatment, and prevention of pneumonia. Focus on key components and strategies to reducing pneumonia mortality. 

  • This course explores the ways in which population, health, and the environment interact in people's lives. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an insider's view of 1) the basics of integrated PHE programming, 2) successful PHE programs from around the world, and 3) tools and resources that can help you develop integrated programs.

  • This course orients learners to the postpartum period and recommended care while recognizing realities in the field. An estimated 70% of women in developing countries do not receive postpartum care. This course discusses strategies to prevent postpartum mortality and morbidity and programming implications of household-to-hospital continuum of care. Case studies are presented from Nepal, Indonesia, and Egypt.

  • This course orients the learner to the importance of family planning during the postpartum period.  Discover guidance on the timely initiation of appropriate contraceptive methods for the postpartum woman, service delivery issues, and integrating postpartum family planning (PPFP) with other services. 

  • This course describes the contribution of postpartum hemorrhage to maternal mortality around the world and discusses the causes of PPH. Focus on strategies to prevent PPH with special attention on active management of third stage of labor. 

  • A mother kisses her infant in Chiangmai Province, Thailand. © 2010 Hansa Tangmanpoowadol, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The Special Considerations for Highly Vulnerable Children and Their Caregivers course is the fourth in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) series which aims to engage staff of implementing agencies involved in existing ECD programs, focusing on vulnerable children affected by HIV, or facing other challenges such as chronic poverty, displacement, or conflict. The six course series will equip learners with the knowledge and understanding necessary to incorporate holistic ECD messages and activities into their programs (i.e., home-based care, OVC programs, etc.).

  • Learners who take this course will be able to define SDM and CyleBeads® and explain how this method works. They will be aware of factors that both facilitate and limit the use of this method and the common misconceptions that accompany it. Learners will also be taught how to make the method more available in country programs and the essential steps for integrating it into the family planning method mix.

  • Source - © Jessica Scranton, courtesy of SHOPS Project. Description -  TMAs can help increase the number of people using priority health goods.

    A total market approach is a lens or process that can be applied to develop strategies that increase access to priority health products in a sustainable manner. This approach helps grow the market for health products by better targeting free or subsidized products, reducing inefficiencies and overlaps, and creating room for the private sector to increase its provision of health commodities. 

  • This course is a follow-on to Tuberculosis Basics (Updated) and presents more information about tuberculosis (TB), including an assessment on progress made in TB control  and prevention, information about MDR and XDR TB, childhood TB, infection control, the International Standards for TB Care (ISTC), and advocacy, communication, and social mobilization (ACSM).

  • This is an updated version of the Tuberculosis Basics eLearning course. It provides some basic information about tuberculosis (TB) and its global impact, along with an overview of some strategies that are currently under way to control TB. 

  • In this course, learners get a solid overview of the legislative and policy requirements that govern US assistance for family planning (FP) activities. The course is intended for staff of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and USAID’s implementing partners, although anyone interested in FP legislative and policy requirements will benefit from taking the course.
     

  • Source - © 2009 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - A young girl after an HIV talk at Kalingalinga Clinic in Zambia.

    Half of the world’s population is younger than 25 years old and 9 out of 10 young people live in developing countries. These young people face profound challenges, such as high rates of early marriage, unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and maternal mortality and morbidity.