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Two-Week Courses

Below you will information on the two-week courses offered on the Baltimore campus as part of the 2013 Winter Institute. You can also review the 2013 course schedule and classroom locations for the Baltimore courses.

January 7 – 18, 2013

Morning Courses


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Robert Lawrence

Uses diverse public health problems to illustrate the problem-solving process, which includes defining the problem; measuring the magnitude of the problem; understanding the key biological, developmental, sociocultural, behavioral, and environmental determinants; identifying and developing intervention and prevention strategies; setting priorities and recommending policies; understanding barriers to implementation and evaluation and communication strategies. Consists of lectures, discussions, and problem-solving exercises. Student evaluation is based on class participation, a final group presentation, and an individual written assignment. This course is available only to accepted MPH degree candidates and training certificate in public health practice and training certificate in quantitative methods in public health students at the School of Public Health. (4 academic credits)


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Robert Gilman and William Moss

This course is designed to introduce students to the major global causes of child mortality and the strategies and interventions to reduce child mortality. Specific topics include malaria, HIV, measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, neonatal disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Additional topics may include maternal mortality, eye diseases, demography and anthropometry. A specific focus of the course, and a theme emphasized through the different lectures, is the tension and balance between horizontal approaches to child survival, such as Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), and vertical programs such as disease eradication programs. Students will discuss several papers published as part of the Lancet Child Survival and Lancet Neonatal Survival series, and will gain hands-on experience applying different child survival strategies using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST). Student evaluation: Class participation, quizzes, and final exam. Minimum enrollment 10, maximum 25. (4 academic credits)

January 7 - 18, 2013

Afternoon Courses


1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Robert Gilman, Carlton Evans, and William Moss

Provides an overview of select tropical medicine and public health issues. Highlights specific tropical diseases and case studies stressing diagnosis, treatment, and implementation of preventive and control measures. Students will have an introduction to clinical tropical medicine, travel medicine, and environmental medicine. Specific topics include the etiology, biology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of enteritides, intestinal protozoa and helminths, cysticercosis and hydatid disease, hepatitis, tuberculosis, viral and arboviral infections, malaria, AIDS, and STDs. Sessions include practical lab experience in parasitology and diagnosis. Prepares students working with current and emerging health problems in developing countries. Student evaluation: Exam and class participation. (4 academic credits) Minimum enrollment 10. Maximum enrollment 25.


1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Rajiv Rimal

Readings, lectures, discussions, and exercises prepare students to apply selected social-psychological and health communication theories and research to the development of effective health messages. Emphasizes critical thinking skills in analyzing core elements of persuasive communication and the applicability of social science theory to health campaigns. Also emphasizes theory. It is designed with the old adage that there is nothing more practical than a good theory. Although the application of theory in designing effective messages is an important element of the course, the primary focus is on understanding various theoretical approaches to effective message design, cognitive processing, and attitude change. Student evaluation is base on an exam and a final project. The final project is due one month after the completion of the course. (4 academic credits) Minimum enrollment 10.