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Global Disease Control Programs and Policies

4th term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Alain Labrique

Introduction to Online Learning and 340.601 or 340.721


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, safe motherhood and reproductive health, malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases, HIV, emerging infectious diseases, 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 how globalization historically and currently impacts the burden, spread and control of infectious and non-communicable diseases.
  2. Explain the development, organization and funding of global disease control programs
  3. Describe programmatic approaches for controlling selected major causes of death and disability in developing countries
  4. Discuss program and policy implementation obstacles and approaches to overcoming them
  5. Critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses and the sustainability of disease control programs and policies
  6. Describe the core functions of public health and 10 essential services as they relate to global health programs spanning disease, injury and maternal / child health
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Group Work
  • 35% Final Paper
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required