Study Guide for Global Health

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January 11, 2013 Syllabus

Critical Issues in Global Health—Spring 2013 –Yale School of Public Health Course Number: HPA566B
Course Instructor: Richard Skolnik

Course Description:

The course will focus on critical challenges to the health of the poor in low- and middle-income countries and pay particular attention to how these health gaps can be addressed in low-cost and highly effective ways. The course will cover the architecture of global health, key trends in approaches to meeting the health needs of the poor in low- and middle-income countries, and how science and technology can be harnessed for this purpose. It will examine the burden of disease and the determinants of this burden. It will cover the leading causes of illnesses, disability, and premature death from communicable and non-communicable diseases, with special attention to women and children. It will focus particular attention on key health systems issues and recent efforts to overcome them, even in low-income settings. The course will be conducted largely through interactive discussions. There will also be some guest speakers in the class, usually via Skype. Readings will focus on helping students gain an understanding of the most fundamental issues on key topics and how they can be addressed. Case studies on both issues and on solutions to them will be employed in both assignments and in class. Students will be asked to prepare 3 policy briefs of 6 pages each for the course. There will be no mid-term or final examination.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing the course, students should be able to do the following, particularly with respect to the health conditions that affect poor people in low- and middle-income countries:

* Outline the determinants of health and risk factors for conditions of importance to global health. * Describe the burden of disease in various regions of the world and how it varies both within and across countries and by country income group, sex, and age. * Articulate and assess critical issues in the organization and delivery of health services. * Examine the relationships between health, equity, poverty and the social determinants of health. * Use selected analytical tools to assess how key health issues might be addressed in cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable ways. * Describe and critically examine the key actors in global health and the various ways they can cooperate to address critical global health issues. * Discuss, with appropriate illustrations and evidence, future challenges in dealing with the unfinished and future agendas in global health.

Class Day/Time:

Wednesday: 5:00 pm to 7:50 pm, School of Public Health Room 115

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 3 to 4:50, YSPH, Third Floor Conference Room (Near Rm. 310) and by appointment. Please set up the appointments by email. Professor Skolnik is on campus Tuesday to Thursday only each week, but is always happy to meet via Skype if he is not on campus.

Prerequisites:

None – However, if you have never taken a course in Global Health, it would be good to set a better foundation for this course by familiarizing yourself with Skolnik’s Global Health 101, or Merson’s Global Health, or Birn’s Textbook of International Health. In addition, if you are unfamiliar with specific topics, you should review the USAID Global Health e-learning module on that topic.

Requirements and Grading:

The grade for the course will be based on the total grade from the three policy briefs.

You will submit each brief electronically. Professor Skolnik and Kate will review each of your briefs and track comments on them. Professor Skolnik will assign the grades to each brief. The briefs will be returned to you electronically.

Please save each paper in the following format so the instructor knows who wrote them: “Your Family Name_brief 1, 2, or 3.doc or docx”

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* Each brief will count for 33.333 points....
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