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The Role of Community-Based Organizations (CBOS) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS) in Improving Global Public Health

Washington, DC
Winter Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Pamela Davis

Provides students with a working knowledge of NGOs and CBOs in health and public health, both domestically and internationally. From public health research, to service delivery, to health policy and management, both novice and expert acquire on-the-ground insights and skills important to those planning a public health career. Presents the roles of CBOs/NGOs in a variety of arenas, including infectious disease control, environmental health, and disaster and humanitarian response. Provides basic skills and lessons, from starting and sustaining an organization, to working with CBOs/NGOs to achieve and maximize success of your particular public health goals. Discusses the roles of CBOs/NGOs within the larger contexts of globalization, world politics, and social development. Domestic and internationally recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross, the National AIDS Fund, and the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine participate in guest lectures.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Articulate the types and key roles of CBOs/NGOs in health and public health
  2. Outline the relationships of CBOs/NGOs among other key players impacting global health and public health, such as governments, industry, and donor foundations
  3. Better recognize how CBOs/NGOs may facilitate (or hinder) health and public health objectives
  4. Exercise skills and principles related to starting, sustaining and/or partnering effectively with CBOs/NGOs to achieve health and public health goals
  5. Describe the roles of CBOs/NGOs in the larger contexts of globalization, world politics, and social development
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Special comments: This course will be offered for 3 days in the Winter Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the class. Final paper due February 7, 2020.