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History of International Health and Development

East Baltimore
4th term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Ahmed Ragab
Ahmed Ragab

Examines the history of western efforts to promote health and nutrition in the "developing world" from the beginnings of tropical medicine to recent efforts of disease eradication. Explores the various economic and political interests, as well as cultural assumptions, that have shaped the development of ideas and practices associated with international health in "developing" countries. Topics include history of international health organizations, strategies, and policies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the origins of different approaches to global health problems
  2. Discuss the history of major international health programs and campaigns
  3. Assess the broader political and economic forces which have shaped the history of global health strategies
  4. Discuss the history of international health and development organizations and their changing roles in the development of global health strategies
  5. Describe the history of tensions between competing visions of international health: horizontal versus vertical programs; selective interventions versus comprehensive primary health care; technical interventions versus improvements in overall social and economic well-being
  6. List the institutional, cultural, and political contexts within which international health planning and implementation occur
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 99% Written Assignment(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Welch Medical Library, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Welch 303