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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Kwaku Nuamah
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Provides a basic understanding of structures of authority and power; economics and political systems; role and limits of international organizations in development; current concepts of development and the political process; state collapse; and the origins of conflicts. Focus is on developing countries. Compares regional political trends and forces in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet bloc that affect health of populations and development of health services.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
define a collapsed state and list the signs of impending state weakness
Discuss the limitations of fragile states and be able to set out the ways health systems must adapt to function in these circumstances
list the ways political trends affect disease patterns and development programs

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail