Global Health

The last several decades have witnessed tremendous progress in basic human health globally. With a few exceptions, life expectancy is rising, infant and child mortality is falling, and a growing number of communicable diseases are now being controlled, if not eliminated. At the same time, in virtually every country in the world, there are pockets of poor health that have remained out of reach of national programs. Further, there are a host of new health challenges, including the chronic diseases of aging populations, drug resistance, mal-distribution of health personnel globally and uncontrolled health care costs.

The concentration in Global Health is designed to give students a broad understanding of the determinants and global distribution of health by drawing upon both medicine and social science, including demography, economics, epidemiology, politics and sociology. Students will gain a basic understanding of the pathology of major diseases, and how these diseases are prevented, diagnosed and treated. They will also gain an understanding of cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit approaches to health services; individual, cultural and behavioral considerations in the use of health services; the global labor market for health personnel; and an appreciation of the burden of disease and distribution of health services among distinct populations.

Sample Courses:

GHDP-622 Field Operations for Humanitarian Assistance
GHDP-634 Global Health Policy (taught by Sharon Stash)
GHDP-756 Feast or Famine (taught by Sarah Lowder)
GLOH-614 Changing Global Demographic and Economic Patterns
GLOH-650 Combating Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries: Challenges and Strategies
GLOH-706 International Health Partnerships and Disease Control
MICB-705 Science Diplomacy and World Health
PPOL-638 International Health
STIA-341 Global Health Politics & Policy
STIA-354 War, Trauma, and Recovery
STIA-363 Global Health and the SDGs
STIA-394 Global Health Diplomacy