Course Syllabus


This course provides a perspective on the major global health issues. It explores social and environmental factors impacting health outcomes in different regions of the world. Students will be introduced to evidence-based and culturally appropriate programs implemented to improve health and well-being of the global population.



No prerequisites

Required Resources

All materials are accessible through the course.


Course Outcomes

  1. Describe global health priorities and health metrics
  2. Identify the determinants of health, causes of disparities, and effective ways to address those.
  3. Differentiate the burden of disease among countries in the world, contributing factors, and potential solutions.
  4. Explain elements of successful, evidence-based, and culturally appropriate behavior change strategies, interventions, and policies that promote optimal health.
  5. Design a solution to a health issue in a specific location according to successful, evidence-based practices.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes.

Major Assignment Description Course Outcome #
Global Health Course Project Explore one of the common health issues in two countries of the world, study the challenges and successes in improving health outcomes, and provide recommendations. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Quiz Questions from the study materials
End of Week Ponder and Prove Application Assignment Application of the study materials
End of Weeks 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 , 11, 13 Ponder and Prove Global Health Course Project Completing the steps of the final project

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Learning Model

As a student, it is important that you understand the approach to online learning that is used at BYU-Idaho. Familiarize yourself with this by viewing the Orientation to Online Learning at BYU-Idaho Links to an external site..

As in all BYU-Idaho courses, this course will utilize the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. It incorporates the following elements in coursework: prepare, teach one another, and ponder and prove.

Prepare: This will occur each week as you read the provided materials. As you read, consider how the content in the materials relates to the activities you will engage in during the week. Take notes for yourself and write down questions you may have. You may pose questions in the discussion board found in your instructor's Announcements.

Teach One Another: This will occur in two ways in the course. First, you will review another student's global health course project. Second, you are encouraged to ask and answer questions, as well as share ideas on a discussion board. 

Ponder and Prove: The major assignment of the course will be the Global Health Course Project. Additionally, you will complete a number of application assignments that will help you understand global health issues and what it is like to live in different regions of the world.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within 7 days of the due date for all assignments.


This course will provide valuable experiences for you if you are willing to put forth the effort to fully engage in the designed activities. As with most things in life, what you get out of this course will depend upon what you put into it. To achieve success in this class, consider the following recommendations:

  • Plan to spend nine hours per week on this course. You may need to spend more, depending upon your own learning style and skill set.
  • Read all of the material in every course page. This includes the Week Introduction pages that you will find in each week.
  • Be sure to read all materials and view all videos in their entirety. It is critical that you do not take shortcuts.
  • Plan your time so that you work consistently throughout the week in every week of the course. Each week, you will have a major assignment due at the end of the week. You will have a quality learning experience and less stress if you spread the work out through the week.
  • Each week, look at the instructions for the major assignment at the beginning of the week. Some assignments require planning and may involve coordinating with class members or others in your community. Making arrangements with others requires time.

Late Work

Students should complete their work on time, and generally, late work will not be accepted. However, the instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates in case of extenuating circumstances.


Extra Credit

Extra credit is not available in this course.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100% - 93%
A- 92% - 90%
B+ 89% - 87%
B 86% - 83%
B- 82% - 80%
C+ 79% - 77%
C 76% - 73%
C- 72% - 70%
D+ 69% - 67%
D 66% - 63%
D- 62% - 60%
F 59% and lower

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

[This course may require synchronous meetings. OR This course includes required synchronous meetings.] If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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