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220.601.01 Introduction to International Health

International Health
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Henry Perry
Course Instructors:

Provides an overview of basic concepts, principles, history and current issues in international health policy and program implementation around the world, with an emphasis on disadvantaged populations and low- and middle-income countries. The course provides a multidisciplinary approach to international health; insights into the roles played by ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and bilateral and multilateral organizations; and an introduction to the set of skills needed to work effectively in International Health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Locate and correctly cite information on demography, health conditions, health programs and health research for a country from multiple sources including websites maintained by international health organizations and scientific journals
  2. Characterize the demographic situation in a country using standard fertility and mortality indicators and the concept of demographic transition
  3. Describe the pattern of burden of disease in a country using standard fertility and mortality indicators, estimates of disease burden measured in Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs), data on disease incidence, prevalence, risk factors and geographic distribution and the concept of epidemiologic transition
  4. Describe the pattern of nutritional well-being and under or over nutrition in a country using standard indicators, and discuss how the concept of nutrition transition applies to the country
  5. List various criteria that can be used to define the health priorities of a country
  6. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of different criteria for setting health priorities in terms of defining a plan for action and building partnerships to address a health problem
  7. Select an appropriate model or framework to define alternative actions to address a health problem
  8. Describe and Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the following frameworks for defining possible actions: problem-solving framework, multi-level models of disease, mortality or fertility determinants, intervention development and evaluation framework
  9. Describe the different categories of partner organizations that should be considered when determining responsibilities for implementing actions to address a health problem, and the strengths and weaknesses of each category of organization
  10. Identify topical interests in international public health to pursue in further courses, the MPH Capstone Project, the MSPH internship, MHS final paper, or a doctoral dissertation
Methods of Assessment:

Assignment 1 (Measuring Economic Disparities in Health) 10%
Assignment 2 (Group Summary on a Great Debate in International Health) 10%
Assignment 3 (Health Assessment in a Selected Country) 30%
Assignment 4 (Great Debate Term Paper) 20%
Quiz 1 (on Module 2) 10%
Quiz 2 (on Module 3) 10%
Quiz 3 (on Module 4) 10%
Total Course Grade 100%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required