Global Health Policy

In this course, learners will become familiar with principles and theories of global health problems, and major challenges and controversies in improving global population health as well as practical applications of quantitative methods to analyze and interpret issues and challenges for policy. Topics will include health and foreign policy, health governance, acute disease surveillance, non-communicable diseases, burden of disease, universal health coverage, health systems strengthening, health financing, and human resources for health and ageing.

Supported Language(s): English

Medical & Health



Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo


Associate Professor
Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo


Associate Professor
Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

The title and affliation listed are profile when the course was created.

Instructors' Voices

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Summarize key issues and challenges in global health policy and governance
  • Explain double burden of disease and its impact on health systems
  • Apply core elements of universal health coverage within the context of ageing societies

Learners' Statistics

Learners' Voices

  • Student A

    I am an undergraduate student from the Macau University of Science and Technology School of Pharmacy who took Global Health Policy due to the determination to pursue a master's degree in public health in Hong Kong and Japan. By taking this course, I have gained a deeper understanding of areas such as UHC, the Japanese public health system, common challenges of public health in an aging society and so on. I would like to thank Dr. Hiroshi Nishiura, Dr. Stuart Gilmour, and Dr. Kenji Shibuya for their excellent lectures.

  • Student B

    Am a graduate in Community Development, my work since graduation has been around Monitoring Health projects and analyzing Biostatistics data. For the past 5 years i have worked closely with community health projects and am confidence in handling such projects. I took the course because i want to specialize now in health especially Public Health, it has helped me to get full confidence in handling pandemics and able to discuss issues around global health I am happy to complete this course as it has lifted my confidence level in discussing UHC and Pandemics. I like every topic of the course and the clarity of tutors teaching the topics

  • Student C

    Great course! Will definitely recommend to others. I work for one of the royal medical colleges in the UK as an international programme manager, and found this course very useful in supporting the work i do.

  • Student D

    I am working with Biological E Limited. We at Biological E Limited manufacture and market vaccines. We are one of the major supplier to UNICEF and PAHO countries. This course i took to understand health policy for developed countries and posible conciquence for developing nations. I am happy and satisfied with this course. This course has given me clarity on Universal Health Coverage. Thank You.

  • Student E

    A great course to understand key global health topics such as Universal Health Coverage, Health Security and Pandemics and Health Security Response. Quite insightful! The course may require some updating to tackle current issues and learnings such as those on COVID-19.