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221.620.11 Applying Summary Measures of Population Health to Improve Health Systems

Department:
International Health
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Mon 06/12/2017 - Fri 06/23/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  8:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Abdulgafoor Bachani
Course Instructors:
Resources:
Description:

Explores the conceptual basis and application of summary measures of population health status. Presents approaches to measuring the burden of disease in populations and their use for guiding resource allocation and planning efficient and equitable health care systems. Lectures, discussions, and group exercises focus on composite indicators, exploring social and ethical value choices, and assessing the burden of disease at national level.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Present approaches to measuring the burden of disease in populations
  2. Study the use of SMPH for guiding resource allocation and planning efficient and equitable health care systems
  3. Explore social and ethical value choices in calculating SMPH
  4. Assess the burden of disease at national level
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (20%)
Two online quizzes (10%)
Two take home exercises (40%)
Exam (30%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Summer Institute participants only.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are required to complete the following readings prior to the start of the course: Hyder AA, Puvanachandra P, Morrow RH. Chapter 1: Measures of Heallth and Disease in Populations. Merson MH, Black RE, Mills AJ, eds. Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2012:1-42. Assignment 2 will be due July 15, 2016