Knowledge Domains Included in Global Health Course on Polio Eradication

Global Health Knowledge DomainsDomain Overviewa
1. Global alliancesHistory of the global polio eradication alliance and its trajectory. Provides strategies for alliance building, focusing on how approaches differ depending on health systems, structures, and political contexts.
2. Policy engagement and influenceDefines policy engagement and its importance in global disease control programs. Explores the importance of process, stakeholders, and contexts in considering policy engagement approaches.
3. Field epidemiology and outbreak responseExplores surveillance as a decision support system for planned as well as outbreak responses.
4. Data for decision makingExplores various data collected through polio eradication activities and how they are interpreted to support program decision making. Considers factors that influence the quality of data.
5. Health communications and behavior changeThe role of health communications for behavior change and the key principles in designing communication tools, focusing on how they are adapted and refined across different phases of a program and across contexts.
6. Community engagementImportance of community engagement in health programs and strategies for engaging communities. Considers its key role in long-term health programming and trust building.
7. Planning and managementConsiders key elements of planning and management, including microplanning and monitoring.
8. Health commodities, logistics, and supplyImportance of and best practices in logistics management for public health programs, especially large-scale and multicountry programs.
9. Human resources for healthConsiders who polio workers are and the challenges they face in achieving disease control, as well as critical factors to consider in acquiring, training, and deploying appropriate health care workers.
10. Health equity and social justiceDescribes social determinants of health and how global disease control programs shape global equity and equality. Considers the impact on hard-to-reach populations.