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Public Health Dimensions of Global Tuberculosis Control: New Tools and Interventions


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Ayesha Khan

Systematically reviews foundations of TB control in both high burden and industrialized countries, emphasis on the introduction of new tools and evidence-based interventions. Critically examines new TB diagnostics (GeneXpert MTB/RIF), drugs (shorter regimens for drug-sensitive and drug resistant tuberculosis), the evidence base of TB-HIV interventions and the rationale for systematic screening for active tuberculosis. Explains the rationale of the new post-2015 global TB strategy and targets. Defines the global TB disease burden and the status of the global response. Reviews the role of WHO, Global Fund to fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), Stop TB Partnership, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. Case studies derived from the experience in Brazil, South-Africa, Tanzania, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and in The Netherlands and US.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Make strategic and operational decisions in developing and implementing tuberculosis programs and research
  2. Evaluate the global disease burden and the status of the global response
  3. Recognize the challenges of TB-HIV, MDR- and XDR-TB and PPM-DOTS
  4. Describe the public health dynamics of tuberculosis programs
  5. Demonstrate the importance of (operational) research into new tools and interventions
Methods of Assessment:

Group Project

Instructor Consent:

No consent required