Perspectives on Global Health
An overview to the field of global health.
The course provides an overview to the field of global health. It introduces students to major global health challenges, programs, the determinants of health and disease, current and emerging global health priorities, policies, evidence-based interventions, disaster relief, key legal issues, ethics, and models of reform. In addition, particular attention is given to building key student competencies in analyzing national and trans-national public health trends including major communicable and non-communicable disease burdens, key organizations supporting public health, and professional opportunities in global health. Student skills are developed in analysis, leadership, teamwork and communication in a global context.
National and International Approaches to Health Care Delivery
Applies the concepts, theories, and principles of the field of global health presented in the first course to the practical challenges facing global health professionals.
This course applies the concepts, theories, and principles of the field of global health presented in the first course to the practical challenges facing global health professionals. Each student will select a specific global health priority for a given national or geo-politically defined population to examine over the duration of the course. The student’s selected case will then be their primary focus for applying needs assessment methodologies, including epidemiological methods, mapping local, national, and global policy processes, identifying strategies for building infrastructure and workforce capacity, analyzing financial opportunities and limitations, and assessing the impact of macro changes in the global economy, political environment, and human rights and legal systems. Each student will complete a final summary project report that will summarize findings regarding scope, options, outcomes, and a recommended action plan for improving the health status of the population group they have studied.
Critical Issues in Global Women's and Children's Health
A comprehensive multidisciplinary examination of the complex issues related to women and children’s health across the globe.
A comprehensive multidisciplinary examination of the complex issues related to women and children’s health across the globe, based on the World Health Organization’s 2007 Framework for Action for strengthening health systems and the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Topics include biological and medical issues, reproductive health, violence against women and children and its impact on health, infectious and chronic disease, and the relationship of environmental and social issues to health. Analysis also covers current national, regional, and global trends; program and policy responses to these trends; and prospects for the future.
Health Implications of Mass Violence and Disaster ▾
Increases students’ knowledge of how to apply different theories and intervention strategies to the health assessment and response to mass violence and disaster.
This course increases students’ knowledge of how to apply different theories and intervention strategies to the health assessment and response to mass violence and disaster. Crisis theory, used to guide crisis intervention and response to traumatic events, in addition to prevention and preparedness among diverse groups and communities, will be studied. Multiple conceptualizations of exposure to human-made and natural disaster will be discussed, ranging from acute to chronic, complex and long-term health and trauma reactions. The class will explore evidence-based interventions, controversies and emerging areas of practice with various populations who experience trauma across multiple settings. Larger social, cultural, and political forces will be considered with regard to how they influence exposure, response and recovery from traumatic events.
Global Health Law and Ethics
Explore the legal frameworks and global governance systems that have a regulatory and normative role in global health and examine the ethical framework for global health practice.
This course will be divided into two parts. The first part will consider the legal frameworks and global governance systems that have a regulatory and normative role in global health, with an emphasis on human rights tools and the World Health Organization. The course will also consider the strengths and limitations of international law as a tool for improving the health of the world’s population. The second part of the course will examine the ethical framework for global health practice from two perspectives: ethical practice during short-term training experiences and ethical research involving human subjects that is conducted in international settings. The ability to recognize and navigate complicated ethical issues is critical for avoiding harm to communities as well as facilitating a long-term, productive collaboration in global health. With regard to human subjects research, the course will cover the bioethical framework undergirding human research regulations, applicable law and regulations, and cover specific issues such as institutional review boards (IRBs), informed consent; and duties owed to research participants, communities, and countries before, during and after research is conducted.
Infectious Disease Epidemiology: A Global Perspective
Following an introduction to basic principles of infectious disease epidemiology, the topics will be covered according to mechanisms of transmission: contact air-, vehicle- and vector- borne.
Following an introduction to basic principles of infectious disease epidemiology, the topics will be covered according to mechanisms of transmission: contact air-, vehicle- and vector- borne. There will be sessions on outbreak investigations, nosocomial infections, hospital infection control and preventive vaccines. The students will prepare paper reports on an infectious disease of their choosing, answer questions about an unknown infectious disease outbreak, and take a short multiple-choice exam. The students are encouraged to attend other conferences and seminars with infectious disease epidemiology topics during the semester.