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Globalization and Health: Economic Development

3rd term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Krishna Rao

Biostatistics (620 series or higher). Expertise with Stata.


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 how economic development affects global burden of disease and human capital. Focuses on the relationship between economic growth, health, human capital achievement, and socioeconomic inequalities in health. The first part examines the effect of wealth on health, as well as how better health influences human capital and income. The second part examines socioeconomic inequalities in health, primarily focusing on theories of how income inequalities affect health, and the measurement of socioeconomic inequalities in health. Finally, examines policy strategies to improve investments in human capital and reduce income inequalities.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain how economic development affects health and human capital
  2. Examine theoretical underpinnings of how socioeconomic inequalities affect health
  3. Apply analytical tools related to decomposition 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:

  • 60% Assignments
  • 30% Final Exam
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required