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.

© 2014 SHOPS project. Description - A private provider counsels a client on family planning options.
The Office of Population and Reproductive Health in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health has identified the Total Market Approach (TMA) as a strategic focus area for 2014-... read more
To orient the participant to key concepts in antenatal care (ANC), including the importance of focused (goal-directed) ANC.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is when disease causing germs are able to withstand the killing or suppressing power of antimicrobial medicines. This phenomenon is increasing... read more
Source - World Health Organization 2011.  Combat drug resistance poster.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when disease-causing germs are able to withstand the killing or suppressing power of antimicrobial medicines. This phenomenon... read more
Cervical cancer is preventable and curable when detected at an early stage. However, cervical cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among women in developing... read more
In any country, the healthcare system is comprised of both the public and private sector. The private sector is a large and diverse group that is increasingly being... read more
Community-based family planning (CBFP) brings family planning (FP) information and services to women and men in the communities where they live, rather than require... read more
© 2012 Jessica Scranton/SHOPS Project. Description - Two doctors from a private hospital in Malawi
Globally, contracting for the delivery of health services is becoming increasingly prevalent due to growing private insurance industries and national health insurance reforms... read more
A mother and child sell vegetables at a roadside stand in Kampala, Uganda. © 2011 Rachel Steckelberg, Courtesy of Photoshare
Quality, child-friendly policies set the stage for the delivery of quality services to children. Often, young children who are the most vulnerable are overlooked in... read more
High quality data are needed to inform, monitor, and manage HIV/AIDS programs. This course will help participants understand what data quality is, why it is important, and... read more
The purpose of this course is to promote data use for evidence-based HIV/AIDS program planning and improvement. By the end of this course, learners will understand concepts... read more
Source - © 1999 Edson E. Whitney, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - Wall charts used to track clinic data at a communal health center in Vietnam.
Global health professionals are tasked with communicating data to decision makers in efficient ways. The volume of data available throughout the world is ever-increasing:... read more
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.... read more
The international development community now recognizes that for foreign aid to be sustainable, the donor/recipient relationship must become one of partnership. The lasting... read more
The international development community has come to realize that if foreign aid is to be sustainable, the donor/recipient relationship must shift from dependency to... read more
Understanding how to better design, implement, and evaluate HIV prevention programs for key populations remains a critical need for field programs. There is a strong desire... read more
PEPFAR-funded programs require rigorous monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in order to determine whether they are meeting their objectives, being implemented as planned, and... read more
More than 500,000 women die of pregnancy-related conditions, and an estimated four million newborns die, each year. Yet nearly all of those life-threatening conditions can be... read more
The newborn period is the most vulnerable time in a child's life. This course will orient the participant to key technical and programmatic concepts in the provision of... read more
Source - © 2011 JHUCCP, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - A couple in Uttar Pradesh, India, receives family planning counseling from RESPOND Project staff.
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... read more
Source - FHI 360. Women living with HIV waiting in line at a family planning clinic.
This course will explain the benefits of integrating family planning (FP) into HIV services and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain the delivery of integrated FP... read more
This course explains the importance of counseling in family planning service settings and introduces key family planning counseling skills.
Source - © 2005 Henrica Jansen, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - A billboard for an HIV/AIDS prevention campaign promotes condoms and fidelity and discourages unsafe injections in Duong Dong, the largest town on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
This course is based on the issue of Population Reports, "Elements of Success in Family Planning Programming." It summarizes the core factors contributing to... read more
Source - © 2012 Paolo Pangui/HORIZON JEUNE/Cameroon Youth Network, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - Adolescents show solidarity in the fight against female genital cutting in Foumbot, a small rural community in the West region of Cameroon.
The practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) harms the physical, psychological, and reproductive and sexual health of women and is a violation of women's... read more
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... read more
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... read more
Gender and sexual and reproductive health are inherently connected and must be examined together to bring about better health outcomes and more gender equitable... read more
Source: Wayne Hoover. Description: A mother consults with health workers in Tanzania.
There are many different programs and organizations that address gender inequalities, or gender-related health and development issues. In many cases, evidence is lacking to... read more
It is important to harness geography to manage, analyze, and leverage spatial data effectively when planning, monitoring, and evaluating health sector programs. Through this... read more
Source - Peter Eichenauer October 2013, flickr.com. Description - Health Facility in Rwanda.
This course presents a practical guide for using a geographic information system (GIS) to integrate, visualize, and analyze geographically-referenced data extracted from the... read more
Source - Rui Pires.  Description - Mother and child in pharmacy.
Poor governance leaves health systems vulnerable to corrupt practices and mismanagement. When these problems occur in pharmaceutical systems, the ramifications can be costly... read more
Source - MSH. Description - Beneficiaries of a well-governed and managed health facility.
Governance is a structured process used by a group of people—usually referred to as a governing body—to make decisions about policy, plans, and rules of... read more
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... read more
© Photo by Trevor Snapp / courtesy of IntraHealth International (A family planning consultation at the Mathare North Health Centre in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2013).
Given the global health worker crisis, now more than ever there is a critical need to improve the productivity of the existing health workforce and maximize service delivery... read more
As governments and the donor community work aggressively to strengthen the provision of health care for populations in developing countries, increased effort is placed on... read more
Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) education and services is a family planning intervention to help women and couples delay, time, space, or limit their... read more
Source - © 2009 Gaurav Gaur, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - Students of the Department of Social Work at Panjab University make a red ribbon to mark World AIDS Day in Chandigarh, India.
Over 35.3 million people are living with HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, 2013). HIV Basics is the introductory course in the Global Health eLearning Center's HIV/AIDS Certificate... read more
Stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS have a profound effect on the course of the epidemic. The fear of stigma and discrimination negatively affects the way in... read more
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the HIV/AIDS legislative and policy requirements that govern HIV and AIDS activities.  The primary audience... read more
Surveillance plays a fundamental role in public health. HIV surveillance systems monitor the magnitude and trends in the prevalence of infection and risk behavior. Data... read more
Description - A health worker administers a Somazet injection for family planning at a community health clinic in Islampur union, Rajbari district, Bangladesh. Source - © 2004 Ahsanul Kabir, Courtesy of Photoshare.
Hormonal contraceptive methods, in conjunction with nonhormonal contraceptive methods, offer women a wide range of options for delaying, spacing, and limiting births.... read more
The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and promising practices related to human resources for health (HRH).
The purpose of this course is to provide essential technical and managerial information that immunization program personnel need to know to plan, implement, monitor, and... read more
Source - Photo by ASSIST Nigeria, 2014. Description - In Nigeria, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project supported the scale-up of national standards for vulnerable children programming in seven core service areas.
A range of different approaches have been applied to health care for the purpose of improving health care -- from developing standards and guidelines, supervision, training,... read more
A grandmother laughs with her two grandsons in Howrah, India. © 2012 Susanta, Courtesy of Photoshare
The Essential Package (EP) is a comprehensive set of tools and guides for policymakers, program managers, and service providers to address the unique needs and... read more
Source - MSH. Description - Attendee at an HIV counselor training.
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge to develop and implement the organizational setup needed to ensure the good governance of all types... read more
Source-CARE. Description-Swaddled baby girl.
Evidence has shown the importance of integrated care to promote optimal child development. Addressing only one area of development without others can prevent children from... read more
Source - CARE/Save the Children
200 million children globally are not meeting their developmental potential. Ensuring a strong beginning for children will enable them to live healthy, productive lives.... read more
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 will help... read more
Source - MSH. Description - Clinics at a primary health care center.
Good governance enables the effective use of medicines, information, human resources, and finances to deliver better health service performance for improved health outcomes.... read more
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... read more
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 ... read more
Source - © 1999 Arturo Sanabria, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - Residents gather as supply and service delivery trucks navigate a washed-out road in Ile district, Mozambique.
No product, no program!Logistics is the process of getting goods through the supply chain from the point of origin to the point of consumption.Without logistics, health... read more
Quality HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs depend on the availability of individuals and organizations with appropriate M&E experience and skills as well as... read more
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an essential component of any intervention, project, or program. This course will help you understand what M&E is, why it is... read more
Source-© 2007 Lee Mantini, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description-The National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) in Gaborone, Botswana.
There is an urgent need to scale up monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HIV prevention programs serving sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender populations... read more
Source-© 2007 Gilbert Awekofua, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description-An adolescent (with back to camera) receives counseling prior to HIV testing at Gulu Youth Centre in northern Uganda.
There is an urgent need to scale up monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of HIV prevention programs serving sex workers (SWs), men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender... read more
A field worker in Vihiga, Kenya registers HIV/AIDS orphans
A child’s ability to reach his or her developmental milestones depends on a number of factors including the child’s health, the caregiver’s well-being, and... read more
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 the... read more
The purpose of this course is to provide health professionals with an overview of both the science and the programming associated with prevention and control of malaria in... read more
The evidence is compelling - male circumcision (MC) reduces female-to-male transmission of HIV by approximately 60%. MC provides additional "back-up" protection to... read more
Maternal mortality and disability continues to be a major public health problem globally, affecting millions of women, families, and communities annually.This course will... read more
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... read more
Reliable and timely information on cause-specific mortality is a critical part of identifying emerging health problems and a fundamental component of evidence-based health... read more
Annually, more than 700,000 children are infected with HIV. The most common route by far of HIV transmission for newborns and infants is mother-to-child... read more
Thirty-eight percent of under-five deaths occur in the neonatal period, i.e., the first four weeks of life, accounting for about four million deaths... read more
Inadequate maternal and child nutrition is the underlying cause of 3.5 million deaths every year and 35 percent of the disease burden for children under 5 years of age.... read more
Description - An adolescent female uses a computer in Sierra Leone. Source - © 2008 Veronica Thomas, Courtesy of Photoshare
Online communities of practice (CoPs) have become increasingly popular within the global health and development sectors as vehicles for capturing knowledge to ensure public... read more
Community-based development programs that link interventions in population, health, and environment (PHE) have demonstrated promising results in communities around the world... read more
In a woman's reproductive life cycle, the postpartum period is one of the most vulnerable times. This course will orient you to the characteristics of the period, the... read more
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the single most significant cause of maternal mortality. This course will orient you to the causes of PPH and the evidence-based methods of... read more
Source - © 2008 Lynn VanderWielen, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - A group of girls live in a shelter after being removed from their homes and sold into prostitution in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Young people are not a homogeneous group. Certain groups of young people, such as married adolescents, young people living with HIV, and young key affected populations, may... read more
PSI Familia Network in Tanzania. Photo Credit Khanga Rue Media
Social franchising has become an increasingly popular health systems strengthening strategy that taps into the reach and maximizes the potential of the private sector to... read more
Source - PSI. Pharmacy workers discussing the various commodities available.
Social marketing is a widely used and effective approach to changing behavior largely through promoting the use of healthy products and services.Social marketing... read more
Source - © 2013 We Are Here, Courtesy of Photoshare, Description - Protesters wave a Egyptian flag as the activities during the Egyptian Revolution are captured on a tablet computer.
Social media is a growing and changing communication tool, underutilized within the global health and development sector. In settings with minimal human and financial... read more
A mother kisses her infant in Chiangmai Province, Thailand. © 2010 Hansa Tangmanpoowadol, Courtesy of Photoshare
The Essential Package provides critical supports for highly vulnerable children. However, there are children, such as those living with HIV and AIDS, a disability, or other... read more
Source - Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University
The Standard Days Method (SDM)® is an effective, modern natural method of family planning developed through scientific analysis of the fertile time in the woman's... read more
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... read more
This course is a follow-on to Tuberculosis Basics (Updated) and presents more information about tuberculosis (TB), including an assessment on progress... read more
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... read more
To provide an overview of the US abortion and family planning legislative and policy requirements that govern US foreign assistance.
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... read more