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Globalization and Health: Economic Development

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Krishna Rao

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Are you interested in knowing how inequalities in health and burden of disease are affected by change as countries economically develop and by the forces of globalization.

Suitable for students in public health and social sciences disciplines.

Explores the role of health in economic development, focusing on three themes - the relationship between health and economic growth, socioeconomic inequalities in health, and how globalization affects health and health services. Through these themes it introduces students to commonly used analytical tools in health economics. The first theme examines the effect of wealth on health, as well as, how better health influences human capital and income. The second theme, examines socioeconomic inequalities in health, primarily focusing on theories of how socioeconomic inequalities affect health, and the measurement of health inequalities. The third theme looks at global movements – such as resource flows in pharmaceuticals and vaccines, human resources – and their affect on health and health services.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess how economic development, inequality, and globalization are interrelated and affects health
  2. Examine theoretical underpinnings of globalization and socioeconomic inequalities affecting the burden of disease
  3. Apply analytical tools related to decompsition of health effects, measurement of living standards, measurement of health inequalities, and use of household surveys
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Assignments
  • 30% Paper presentation/discussion
  • 30% Final Exam
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required