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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: David Bishai
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Introduces students to leading theories in economic development and in the macroeconomic determinants of the health of populations, communities, and individuals. Reviews both historical and current cases to answer the following questions: What is economic development? How does economic development occur? Which aspects of development improve and which aspects are detrimental to human health? Can policymakers plot more “hygienic” plans for economic development? Do investments in health and family planning cause economies to prosper?

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Distinguish competing definitions of household poverty, macroeconomic development and describe the flaws in commonly used development indicators
Distinguish among the major theories that explain reasons behind economic development
Distinguish and evaluate leading theories that link economic development to health, demographic transition, and urbanization
Summarize current research on the interaction between urbanization, poverty, and health
Evaluate research claims that health investments stimulate economic development
Decide when historical public health interventions were and were not suited to the economic environment of the target population

Methods of Assessment: Weekly Assignments and Final Exams
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 3:20
  • Thursday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail