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Department: International Health
Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

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.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the origins of different approaches to global health problems
Discuss the history of major international health programs and campaigns
Assess the broader political and economic forces which have shaped the history of global health strategies
Discuss the history of international health and development organizations and their changing roles in the development of global health strategies
Describe 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
List the institutional, cultural, and political contexts within which international health planning and implementation occur

Methods of Assessment: Written assignments.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 15
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
  • ME
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2016-2017