221.605.01 HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Examines the history of western efforts to promote health and nutrition in the "developing world" from the beginnings of tropical medicine to recent efforts of disease eradication. Explores the various economic and political interests, as well as cultural assumptions, that have shaped the development of ideas and practices associated with international health in "developing" countries. Topics include history of international health organizations, strategies, and policies.
Students taking this course will be expected to develop an understanding of: 1) the origins of different approaches to global health problems; 2) the history of major international health programs and campaigns; 3) the broader political and economic forces which have shaped the history of global health strategies; 4) the history of international health and development organizations and their changing roles in the development of global health strategies; 5) the history of tensions between competing visions of international health: horizontal versus vertical programs; selective interventions versus comprehensive primary health care; technical interventions versus improvements in overall social and economic well-being; and 6) the institutional, cultural, and political contexts within which international health planning and implementation occur.
- Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20