Introducing the Lesson: Why Examine Global Health Stories?

Global health is more than looking at health issues around the world. Its study asks us to think about the ways in which our health is connected to the health of different people and places, demonstrating health equity to be simultaneously a global and personal concern. In this lesson series, students will examine their local and personal connections to a variety of global health issues, explore how communities are tackling public health issues, and reflect on ways in which they can raise awareness and take action for global health equity.

This resource is a collection of six mini-lessons, followed by extension activities and a quiz. Educators can choose which mini lesson(s) they would like to share with students, or may give students the choice of which lesson(s) they would like to complete. Lessons can be completed individually or as a series. Each mini lesson includes a warm-up activity, a Pulitzer Center-supported story which students will examine, and discussion and reflection questions that can be explored individually or in larger groups. After completing one or more mini lessons, students can test their knowledge on the news stories they examined and complete one of the extension activities to further their engagement with the story and issues explored.


Students will be able to...

  • Examine multimedia reporting in order to learn about underreported global health issues
  • Make local and personal connections to global health issues
  • Engage in reflection and discussion with their peers about global health issues
  • Use research, writing, and/or art skills to raise awareness and advocate for global health equity

Support for Exploring Global Health Issues in the Classroom:

The Pulitzer Center offers free, virtual journalist visits for in-school classes, out-of-school time programs, and other K-12 student groups. You can invite a journalist who specializes in reporting on global health issues to speak with your class to help explain key concepts, introduce powerful stories, show how a journalist reports safely and ethically on these topics, and get students' questions answered. Click here to explore example guest speakers who may be available to speak with your students, and request a virtual visit here.


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