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Term: Winter I term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides students with a working knowledge of NGOs and CBOs in health and public health, both domestically and internationally. From public health research, to service delivery, to health policy and management, both novice and expert acquire on-the-ground insights and skills important to those planning a public health career. Presents the roles of CBOs/NGOs in a variety of arenas, including infectious disease control, environmental health, and disaster and humanitarian response. Provides basic skills and lessons, from starting and sustaining an organization, to working with CBOs/NGOs to achieve and maximize success of your particular public health goals. Discusses the roles of CBOs/NGOs within the larger contexts of globalization, world politics, and social development. Domestic and internationally recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross, the National AIDS Fund, and the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine participate in guest lectures.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Articulate the types and key roles of CBOs/NGOs in health and public health
Outline the relationships of CBOs/NGOs among other key players impacting global health and public health, such as governments, industry, and donor foundations
Better recognize how CBOs/NGOs may facilitate (or hinder)health and public health objectives
Exercise skills and principles related to starting, sustaining and/or partnering effectively with CBOs/NGOs to achieve health and public health goals
Describe the roles of CBOs/NGOs in the larger contexts of globalization, world politics, and social development

Methods of Assessment: 50% class participation and 50% final paper
Location: Washington, DC
Class Times:
  • Mon 01/06/2014 - Wed 01/08/2014
  • Monday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail