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Leadership and Global Health

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

Despite world-wide advances in technology and development, providing basic health care to people in resource-poor settings continues to pose enormous challenges. Now more than ever, the global community is focused on overcoming inequities in health care and reducing poverty as a means of curbing the spread of disease and improving lives. Building on this momentum, this course will focus on the important role that young people can play as leaders and innovators in the global health arena. Students interested in basic science research, medicine, economics, engineering, health policy and education, human rights law, business and management, or environmental science and sustainable development will be challenged by this course. Throughout, students will investigate the roles that historical, social, political, and economic factors play in the health of communities both in the United States and internationally.

Through interactive class discussions, lectures by experts in the field, films, and experiential role plays, students will be challenged to apply their leadership skills while learning about: infectious diseases such as Ebola, AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; maternal and child health; nutrition and food security; natural and man-made disaster emergency relief situations; vaccine and drug development and distribution; and nonprofits and international aid organizations.

By connecting international health challenges with local inequalities, students will leave this course with the background knowledge and leadership skills to develop Action Plans on issues of health and social justice to bring back to their own communities.