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GHP Core Courses

The GHP core courses cover two critical dimensions of global health and health policy studies: an overview of domestic and international health problems and interventions, and the methodology of studying and analyzing health and health-related issues. Both core courses must be taken in the junior year.

GHP 350 / WWS 380 / ANT 380 Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Health Policy

This course introduces students to pressing disease and health care problems worldwide and examines efforts currently underway to address them. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course identifies the main actors, institutions, knowledge and values at play in the 'global health system', and explores the environmental, social, political, and economic factors that shape patterns and variations in disease and health across societies. Topics include: development and the governance of disease; technological change and public health; human rights and social justice; measuring health outcomes; and the shifting role of states, civil society, and public-private partnerships in health care delivery. Students are encouraged to think creatively about health problems and to envision innovative and effective interventions.

GHP 351 / WWS 381 Epidemiology

This epidemiology course for undergraduate students in global health and health policy focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease. Diverse methodological approaches for measuring health status, disease occurrence, and the association between risk factors and health outcomes will be presented via classic and contemporary studies of chronic and infectious illness and disease outbreaks. Emphasis on: causal inference, study design and sampling, bias and confounding, the generalizability of research, health policy and research ethics. Prerequisite: an approved basic statistics course.