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223.686.11 Child and Public Health in the Tropics

International Health
Summer 2 term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Mon 07/09/2012 - Fri 07/13/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:30am - 5:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ashley Simmons
Course Instructor:

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. list the major global causes of child mortality
  2. describe interventions to reduce mortality from each of the major causes
  3. explain the role of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in child morbidity and mortality
  4. describe advantages and disadvantages of horizontal and vertical child survival programs
  5. list major challenges to reducing global child mortality
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, quizzes, and final exam.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required