Description: In this course, we discuss globalization and health, major actors/organizations in global health, global health inequities, and "hot topics" in global health. This course is designed to help students critically think about how to apply key concepts and skills in health behavior and health education to understanding global health issues.
Course Goals: After completing this course, students should:
-understand how globalization, geopolitical trends and global
policies influence health,
-identify some of the major actors and organizations in global
-have an appreciation for applying social and behavioral
theories to conducting research and developing interventions in
-be aware of some of the major, current global health topics,
-understand ethical issues related to global health and working
in international settings.
They should also have developed skills in:
-reading and critical thinking,
-discussing and debating issue related to global health,
-researching a public health issue, and
-writing at the graduate level.
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of global public health, specifically health behavior and health education in a global context.
Description: This is a course about doing qualitative social research in public health. One of its major goals is very practical and down to earth: acquiring the strategies and techniques needed to conduct qualitative research on human behavior. But the course also aspires to understand the philosophical, ethical, and political issues involved in the practice of social science within public health. The course will focus upon five phases of the research process: l) pre-research dilemmas and decisions, 2) theory and the formulation of the research question or hypothesis, 3) design, sampling, and data collection, 4) stages of data analysis, and 5) the implications of qualitative knowledge for representation of "subjects" and the expression of this knowledge in the form of written reports or publications.