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International Health
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Henry Perry
Course Instructors:

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Provides an overview of basic concepts, principles, history and current issues in international health policy and program implementation around the world, with an emphasis on disadvantaged populations and low- and middle-income countries. The course provides a multidisciplinary approach to international health; insights into the roles played by ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and bilateral and multilateral organizations; and an introduction to the set of skills needed to work effectively in International Health.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the key historical landmarks and their significance in the development of global health. Characterize different ways in which people can be disadvantaged with respect to health, and the key approaches to improving the health of vulnerable populations.
  2. Describe the different dimensions of globalization and the impact on health services and people’s health. Identify criteria and methods for choosing health priorities at community and national levels, and the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches
  3. Describe the burden of disease at local, national, and global levels using standardized measures of morbidity, malnutrition, mortality, fertility, and disability, and be able to interpret patterns in terms of the health transition (demographic, epidemiological, nutritional, and social transitions).
  4. Describe the programmatic challenges and opportunities to address the rising global burdens of disease and their risk factors related to injuries, mental health, and other non-communicable diseases [at household, community, and national and international levels].
  5. Describe levels, determinants of, and approaches to preventing undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. Demonstrate an ability to systematically understand context and key stakeholders in a health system in a low- or middle-income country, including how to identify stakeholder interests and power.
  6. Explain cultural competence in health, and how it is important to effectively work in public health internationally.
  7. Describe the major international agencies involved in global health, their mandates, strengths and weaknesses, and strategies for working with such agencies from the perspective of a national government receiving development assistance.
  8. Describe the components of health diplomacy and its relevance for negotiating for improvements in health programming and development.
  9. Describe the role of technology and innovation in global health, and methods to sustainably expand innovations to benefit disadvantaged populations.
  10. Discuss the diversity and commonalities of strategies to achieve universal health coverage around the world, including the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Methods of Assessment:
Assignment 1 (Measuring Economic Disparities in Health) 10%
Assignment 2 (Group Summary on a Great Debate in International Health) 10%
Assignment 3 (Health Assessment in a Selected Country) 30%
Assignment 4 (Great Debate Term Paper) 20%
Quiz 1 (on Module 2) 10%
Quiz 2 (on Module 3) 10%
Quiz 3 (on Module 4) 10%
Total Course Grade 100%
Instructor Consent:
No consent required