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The Politics of Global Public Health

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 29, 2015 - July 10, 20152M-F 12:15-3:05POpenCaroline Kuo10639

Course Description

The World Health Organization describes health as a fundamental human right. Explore and discover and learn how to respond to urgent global public health challenges. Global public health is not only driven only by the scientific evidence, but also community, national, and international interests. Even seemingly simple public health solutions, such as providing food for famine, vaccines for diseases, clean water, and implementing evidence-based prevention strategies are fraught with challenges.

In this course, we will explore the politics of global public health through a series of historical case studies spanning the globe. Through “problems of practice” case studies, we will develop our understanding of some of the most important public health crises of our time including smallpox, avian flu, HIV and more. Explore the strategies that drive an effective global public health response. Develop knowledge of how the interplay of good science, policy, and politics at the local, national, and international level shapes global public health responses. We will analyze approaches towards effective global public health responses. This course is ideal for aspiring doctors, nurses, public health scientists, and international policy makers.

The format of this two-week course will include lectures, multi-media, group projects and presentations, class discussion, and guided readings. We will develop critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills through independent and group learning including homework, brief reaction papers, and a final presentation.

There are no prerequisites for the course.