A total of 13 units is required, with 11 units of required coursework and 2 units of elective coursework.
Required Courses (11 units)
HPS 533: GLOBAL HEALTH -- 3 UNITS (SPRING SEMESTER)
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the world’s diversity of health determinants. It will appraise major global health and development challenges, policies, and programs.
COURSE OVERVIEW: This course introduces students to the world’s immense diversity of determinants of health and disease. It provides an opportunity for students to critically appraise health care delivery systems in different parts of the world. Current and emerging global health priorities are analyzed, including emerging infectious diseases, poverty, wars and other civil conflicts, health inequalities, principles and impact of health systems reforms, and major global initiatives for disease prevention including the rapidly growing non-communicable diseases pandemic. New health challenges brought about by globalization, environmental changes, and economic development are discussed. It is expected that at the end of this course, students will have acquired competence in appraising the role of social, cultural, and economic factors in global health.
HPS 529: PROJECT DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION IN GLOBAL HEALTH -- 3 UNITS (FALL SEMESTER)
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course will equip students with skills in conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating small-scale projects in global health and development.
COURSE OVERVIEW: This course is designed to equip participants with skills in conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating small-scale projects in global health and development. The course will provide instructions on sources of funding for health and development projects, how to assess and prioritize community health needs, how to write projects goals and objectives that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed), how to select appropriate designs (including how to develop project conceptual and theoretical models), how to collect and organize data, how to implement and evaluate the project, including how to develop project logic models, how to develop and justify a budget, how to foster community participation, and approaches to promote project sustainability.
HPS 530: NUTRITION, HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT -- 2 UNITS (SPRING SEMESTER)
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on nutritional issues of women and children in low and middle income countries. Local and international programs that combat malnutrition will be evaluated in the context of socioeconomic development and current political/economic policies and realities.
COURSE OVERVIEW: This course is designed to equip participants with skills in analyzing major food and nutritional issues that affect health, survival, and human development in resource-limited settings. Course participants will review and appraise previous and current initiatives for addressing hunger and food insecurity at household, community, national, and international levels. The use of alternative technologies and micro-enterprise approaches to address hunger and food insecurity at the household and community levels will be discussed.
HPS 534: INFECTIOUS DISEASES, GLOBAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT -- 3 UNITS (SPRING SEMESTER)
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to equip participants with up-to-date knowledge on major infections of global importance, and prevention and control strategies so that infections and large disease outbreaks can be prevented and/or easily contained.
COURSE OVERVIEW: Participants will also gain insight into how prevention and control programs can be integrated to deal with co-infections, especially in the case of immune deficiency as occurs with HIV and other infections. We will begin by examining how human behavior and environmental factors may influence infectious disease occurrence/outbreaks and then study vaccine preventable infections. We will also cover HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and malaria and diarrhea as specific major infections. The influences of the environment on a tropical disease such as malaria often differ from those predominating in temperate areas due to environmental factors such as climate and the presence of insect vectors. For each disease we will identify the agent(s) responsible for the disease, fundamentals of the clinical course/pathogenesis, mode of transmission including any vectors which may be involved, the geographical distribution and the number of individuals affected or at risk, the descriptive epidemiology including elements of the population most at risk, the principal methods available for control (e.g., vaccines, environmental control, behavior modification) and usual or new methods of treatment. This course addresses the discipline-specific competencies of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) for the domains on epidemiology (“the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems”) and public health biology (“the ability to incorporate public health biology – the biological and molecular context of public health – into public health practice”).
HPS 599: INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GLOBAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT ISSUES -- 2 UNITS (VARIES)
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course content is negotiated between the student and program director and is tailored to the student's interests.