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Global Disease Control Programs and Policies

East Baltimore
4th term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2016 - 2017
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Alain Labrique

340.601 or 340.751 or 550.694.81 and 550.695.81


Presents the history, social and political context, organization, technical content, funding and evaluation of current, major, global initiatives for disease control. Emphasizes programs focused on health problems of the developing world and includes, initiatives for vaccines and immunization, non-communicable diseases, Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) and Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM), safe motherhood and reproductive health, neonatal health, malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases, HIV, TB, tobacco control, nutritional interventions and injury control. Also examines the process of policy formulation and resource allocation to international health and disease control.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the development, organization and funding of global disease control programs
  2. Describe programmatic approaches for controlling selected major causes of death and disability in developing countries
  3. Discuss program and policy implementation obstacles and approaches to overcoming them
  4. Critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and the sustainability of disease control programs and policies
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on elevator pitch (10%), in class participation & group discussion (15%), an 8-page evaluation of a global disease control program or policy (35%) and a final examination comprising short-answer questions (40%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required