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Department: International Health
Term: Winter Inst. term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Cesar Ugarte Gil
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Introduces students to the major global causes of child mortality and the strategies and interventions to reduce child mortality. Specific topics include malaria, HIV, measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, neonatal disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Additional topics may include maternal mortality, eye diseases, demography and anthropometry. A specific focus, and a theme emphasized through the different lectures, is the tension and balance between horizontal approaches to child survival, such as Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), and vertical programs such as disease eradication programs. Students discuss several papers published as part of the Lancet Child Survival and Lancet Neonatal Survival series, and gain hands-on experience applying different child survival strategies using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
list the major global causes of child mortality
describe interventions to reduce mortality from each of the major causes
explain the role of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in child morbidity and mortality
describe advantages and disadvantages of horizontal and vertical child survival programs
list major challenges to reducing global child mortality

Methods of Assessment: Class participation, quizzes and final exam
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 01/07/2013 - Fri 01/18/2013
  • Monday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Thursday 8:30 - 12:00
  • Friday 8:30 - 12:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail