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220.601.81 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL HEALTH

Description:

Introduces approaches used by various countries in solving their health and medical care problems, and the role of major international health organizations. Analyzes some of the current important issues in international health.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Locate and correctly cite information on demography, health conditions, health programs and health research for a country from multiple sources including websites maintained by international health organizations and scientific journals
Characterize the demographic situation in a country using standard fertility and mortality indicators and the concept of demographic transition
Describe the pattern of burden of disease in a country using standard fertility and mortality indicators, estimates of disease burden measured in Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs), data on disease incidence, prevalence, risk factors and geographic distribution and the concept of epidemiologic transition
Describe the pattern of nutritional well-being and under or overnutrition in a country using standard indicators, and discuss how the concept of nutrition transition applies to the country
List various criteria that can be used to define the health priorities of a country
Explain the strengths and weaknesses of different criteria for setting health priorities in terms of defining a plan for action and building partnerships to address a health problem
Select an appropriate model or framework to define alternative actions to address a health problem
Describe and Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the following frameworks for defining possible actions: problem-solving framework, multi-level models of disease, mortality or fertility determinants, intervention development and evaluation framew
Describe the different categories of partner organizations that should be considered when determining responsibilities for implementing actions to address a health problem, and the strengths and weaknesses of each category of organization
Identify topical interests in international public health to pursue in further courses, the MPH Capstone Project, the MHS internship or a doctoral dissertation
Identify topical interests in international public health to pursue in further courses, the MPH Capstone Project, the MHS internship or a doctoral dissertation

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on two written assignments and online exercises.
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses..

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail