Description: This course presents an overview of mortality and disease occurrence in terms of geographic, cultural, nutritional and environmental factors. Reviews health indicators such as infant mortality and economic factors associated with development. Discusses health problems of developing countries and describes programs and organizations involved in addressing them. This course is required for students in the International Health track in Epidemiology but can also be taken by non International Health students.
Description: This seminar explores the diverse health impacts of economic, environmental, and cultural globalization. The transnational movement of people, technologies, capital, commodities, toxins, pathogens, ideologies and treatments are affecting people's well-being through diverse pathways. Introductory lectures and discussion of readings will explore various topics related to these issues. We will study the forces of globalization, beneficial and harmful health impacts, role in economic development and resource distribution, and implications for public health practice.
Undergraduates are allowed to enroll in this course.
Description: Introduction to disease and transmission characteristics, and the descriptive epidemiology of infectious agents. This course will help students to understand the theoretical basis of pathogen transmission and what factors determine patterns of disease occurrence. Students will learn how to apply this understanding to disease prevention and control.
Prerequisites: Epid 602, Epid 605 or equivalent; EHS 513 or equivalent
Description: Infectious agents transmitted by arthropod vectors produce an enormous disease burden worldwide, especially in underdeveloped countries. Malaria alone kills more than one million people each year, mostly children, and results in 42 million DALYs lost. This course is designed to investigate the epidemiology of malaria and other important vector-borne diseases that principally affect poor people living in tropical countries. The complex interactions influencing transmission dynamics, including immunologic, ecologic, economic and social factors are explored. Options for treatment, prevention and control involving vectors, parasites and human behavior are examined. Analysis also considers the role of other infections, including HIV, as altering transmission and disease. Class sessions will include a brief didactic presentation of the key issues for that topic followed by a structured discussion of selected readings.