Global Health Lessons (w/videos)

Earth, from the moon. (Photo: NASA, free use)


 There’s so much to showcase in global health that I’ve created a separate website: Global Health Lessons ( It includes the ABCs of global health; simple lessons in understanding its complex layers and key players; and why we should care from some of the most intriguing voices in global health. These include many of the guest lecturers and world-renown professors from my global health classes at the University of Washington.  Here you’ll also find my short easy-to-understand YouTube video lessons on global health.

My Videos

If you want to see some of my favorite global health videos that I’ve created, shot, and edited – all in one place – click on this link. 

There’s also another video – just a quick question – I shot for submission to a global health discussion here in Seattle. And guess what? They used it!


The Lessons

1. Simple Lessons in Global Health

ABCs of global health Keep in mind: These are simple A-B-C building blocks in understanding global health. It’s easy to create a much more complex structure – but not here.

Tower of Babel’: Global Health Jargon

From Latrines to Vaccines: Determinants of Health (with video)

Checkup Time: Global Health Indicators (with video)

MDGs: Saving the World by 2015 (with video)

2. Key Players in Global Health

Keep in mind: The group(s) they serve; their history and structure; funding–follow the money; accountability– from transparent to veiled; their monitoring and evaluation; and their ethics.

Who’s Who in Global Health

 3. Key Questions in Global Health

Global health questions Keep in mind: Global health discussions can be very dense, intense, and intellectually satisfying. No wonder the world’s brightest minds and most generous philanthropists are devoted to deconstructing and tackling the world’s toughest health issues. Yet, it boils down to framing four main themes.

The Heart of Global Health? Questions

4. My Own Global Health Lessons, from Montana to Uzbekistan

Global Health Lesson 1: Sparking the Passion

As a TV news reporter/producer working on medical/health issues, I thought I knew tons. Then I got sick in Uzbekistan. Result: that sickness infected me with passion for all things global health.

Global Health Lesson 2: My Own Montana

Studied in an academic setting, global health can seem so distant, so ‘over there’–like Africa. But it’s as real as my own American birthplace, my own family history — my own Montana.

Global Health Lesson 3: “Seasick: The Explosion of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan” (excerpt)

This research paper and presentation for an introductory global health class sparked my passion for infectious diseases and vaccines.