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221.655.01 Surgical Care Needs in Low and Middle Income Countries

International Health
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 7:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Gilbert Burnham
Course Instructor :

Clinical background is not required


Explores the components of health systems related to surgical care. Focuses on the global burden of surgical disease and trauma, and deficiencies in surgical capacity in LMICs. Case studies from the US, Sierra Leone and Rwanda illustrate common surgical conditions and needed components for a comprehensive health system. Specific topics include surgical care for Women's Health, obstetrical or gynecological injury, and trauma care. Discusses the importance of planning for surgical interventions in disaster management and conflict , including the difference between war surgery and military surgery. Also addresses the economic cost and benefit of surgery and surgical care in LMICs.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the global burden of surgical disease and identify gaps in current knowledge
  2. Identify current research tools for measuring surgical capacity in LMICs
  3. Discuss the different types of surgical cases for prevention and treatment of disease and how to plan and incorporate these into health system planning
Methods of Assessment:

1. Mid term exercise (40%)
2. Final paper on an aspect of surgical care services and systems for a selected low or middle income country (60%)

Enrollment Restriction:


Instructor Consent:

No consent required