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Global Health Studies at HMSOM

The Emergence of Global Health in Historical Perspective

The Emergence of Global Health in Historical Perspective  

Thursday, September 29, 2022 [4:30pm – 6:00 pm EST]

Seminar Description: This session will introduce the historical emergence of global health. It will be examined in relation to its historical antecedents of colonial, tropical and international health, and their legacies.  It will explore the complex health conditions and responses which led to the development and distinct perspectives of global health care delivery.  Understanding the evolution and characteristics of the global health context and the ideals of its guiding principles will provide a means for understanding responses to outbreaks and epidemics, and the importance of patient-centered and community-based care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the emergence and essential principles of global health.
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish the characteristics and historical contexts of colonial medicine, international health, tropical medicine and global health, and their contemporary legacies.
  3. Participants will be knowledgeable of the primary health care movement of the 1970’s and the historical shift to cost effective and disease-specific health programs.
  4. Participants will gain an understanding of the reemergence of concerns for primary health care related to patient-centered and community-based health care, along with disease prevention and containment, in responding to health crises in the early 21st century.


About the Speaker:

Alfred PachDr. Alfred Pach, Member of the HMSOM’s Global Health Working Group and Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at HMSOM.  Dr. Pach is a medical  anthropologist and former senior scientist at the International Vaccine Institute. He has worked with many international organizations including UNAIDS and WHO. Dr. Pach has spent extensive time working in Asia and Africa.