Leadership and Global Health
Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.
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, and experiential role plays, students will be challenged to apply their leadership skills while learning about: infectious diseases such as Zika, Ebola, AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis; maternal and child health; nutrition and food security; natural and man-made disaster emergency relief situations; environmental health; emerging infectious disease; 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.
This course is part of the Leadership Institute program, a 2-week immersive experience with busy days. Our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. The Leadership Institute consists of three elements: academic content, leadership development, and the Action Plan. Participants are intellectually curious and compassionate students who are interested in social issues and creating positive change.
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