Global Health: Why We Should Care
Last Offered Winter 2009

This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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From the Declaration of Alma-Ata to the Millennium Development Goals, there have been 30 years of good will but limited accomplishment in bringing health to all. Health is an essential human right, but much of the world’s poor still do not have access to the most basic public health services. This is best illustrated in Africa where there is the double burden of poverty and communicable disease. The failure to provide equitable health and the emergence of new infectious diseases with pandemic potential also threaten world security. This winter study will explore what is meant by global health, how health is measured and what are the major diseases that particularly affect the poor. It will take a biomedical approach focusing on communicable diseases, e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and pandemic influenza, but will also look at maternal and child health, and bringing humanitarian aid to those in need. After defining the problems, we will explore strategies in the control of disease and achieving global health. A variety of formats will be used to study global health issues including the current medical literature, popular writings and film documentaries. We will look at the science of global health and the story of those most affected by the inequalities of health. Students are expected to read assigned material outside of class so that they will be prepared to discuss the topics. Short presentations on a focused area will also be expected. We will formally meet three times weekly for two hours each session.
The Class: Format: WSP Project
Limit: 20
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: contributions to class discussions, informal presentations & 10-page paper that analyzes a global health issue,documents defining a public health intervention, or short story on the impact of a disease or condition on an individual, family or community
Extra Info: Meeting time: mornings
Extra Info 2: Dr. David Hill '73 obtained his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Following training in infectious disease, Dr. Hill was on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for 20 years. He moved to London in 2003 to
Materials/Lab Fee: approximately $25-35 book and article packet

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