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International Political Science for PH Practitioners

East Baltimore
2nd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Kwaku Nuamah

Provides a basic understanding of structures of authority and power; economics and political systems; role and limits of international organizations in development; current concepts of development and the political process; state collapse; and the origins of conflicts. Focus is on developing countries. Compares regional political trends and forces in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet bloc that affect health of populations and development of health services. It is an introduction for Public Health students to International Political Science. Stress aspects of political science which have the greatest impact on development and health of populations, particularly in developing countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define a collapsed state and list the signs of impending state weakness
  2. Discuss the limitations of fragile states and be able to set out the ways health systems must adapt to function in these circumstances
  3. List the ways political trends affect disease patterns and development programs
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on class attendance and participation, case presentation, and written assignment.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required