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221.620.01 USING SUMMARY MEASURES OF POPULATION HEALTH TO IMPROVE HEALTH SYSTEMS

Department: International Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Adnan Hyder
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:
Description:

Explores the conceptual basis and application of summary measures of population health status. Presents approaches to measuring the burden of disease in populations and their use for guiding resource allocation and planning efficient and equitable health care systems. Lectures, discussions, and group exercises focus on composite indicators, exploring social and ethical value choices, and assessing the burden of disease at national level.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Present approaches to measuring the burden of disease in populations
Study the use of SMPH for guiding resource allocation and planning efficient and equitable health care systems
Explore social and ethical value choices in calculating SMPH
Understand how to assess the burden of disease at national level

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation, critiques of methods and term paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 35
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail