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Armed Conflict and Health

East Baltimore
3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Gilbert Burnham

221.614 (recommended) or previous coursework in political science


Explores the causes of war and how it affects health systems in fragile states. Examines the political causes of population flight, and how this affects the health of those who have been forced to leave, as well as those who stay behind. Explores how the process of peace building is necessary for the restoration and full function of health services, and emphasizes that this is not an easy step and is subject to erratic progress and failure. Covers factors that affect resolution of conflicts. Discusses the role of strategic interests of donors and the reconstruction process. Considers case studies from various countries, including DR Congo, Kosovo, Liberia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Evaluate the nature of Fragile States and why armed conflict can so easily develop
  2. Describe the consequence to health of populations caught up in armed conflict- staying behind, being displaced in their own country, or fleeing as refugees
  3. Describe the steps that are required to bring conflicts to resolution, and how health can play a role in resolution
  4. Outline the key components in rebuilding health systems post conflict
Methods of Assessment:

course presentations, final paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required