Global Health & Social Policies

Global Health Policies: The Examples of Obesity & Mental Health

Policies influence the way governments act and influence population health. Some of the most important health challenges at national level have become global issues, which are hard to regulate on a mere national level. Two important examples are obesity and mental health. Both phenomena are linked to global changes in environmental and social conditions and require policies that meet the needs of the population. The goal of this course is to introduce some important international global health actors that influence national policies and to better understand the drivers of these two crises and to discuss potential solutions to it.

The course comprises three independent parts. In the first part, the students will explore the dynamics of policy making at global level and its interlinkages to national policy makers. In the next two parts, the students will work on two examples of health policy responses: the global obesity crisis and rising levels of mental health issues.