The diversity and culture competency encompasses the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome.

Pharmacy 490 Health Equity and Social Justice 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 

Health Equity and Social Justice is a 2 credit interprofessional dialogue-based seminar course focusing on diversity, equity, and leadership in the health professions. The goal of this seminar is to examine, through the "textbooks of our lives" and scholarly readings, issues of power, privilege and oppression as they play out in the arenas of ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, etc., and how these identities impact our health, health care and health practice. Students and facilitators will explore how our own experiences have been shaped and influenced by these identities and how they play out in interactions with patients, colleagues and community members.

POP HLTH 503 Public Health and Human Rights: The Care of Vulnerable Children in Africa 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Summer 

Students will understand, critique and constructively engage with global efforts to meet the needs of orphans and other children who are in highly vulnerable situations in Africa. Exploring the tensions and synergies between public health and human rights approaches, this course will prepare students for research, practice or advocacy. It is open to upper-level undergraduates (junior and senior standing), graduate students, MPH students and special students. Approved elective for the Certificate in Global Health.

POP HLTH 504 Health Care Quality Improvement in Low Resource Settings 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Summer 

This course will present concepts of quality improvement (QI) and will trace the introduction and evolution of QI efforts in low-income countries, and among vulnerable populations worldwide. Students will get hands-on training in QI methods and tools and will explore how QI can strengthen health systems. Further, they will develop an understanding of how QI efforts can be linked to larger policy initiatives such as improved governance, task shifting within health care services, rights-based approaches to health care and realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This course will provide a useful introduction to the field of quality improvement and could be used to develop preliminary plans for quality improvement studies in a practice setting. It is open to graduate students, MPH students and upper-level undergraduate students (juniors and seniors). It is also open to special students who are enrolled in the Capstone Certificate in Global Health.

POP HLTH 553 International Health and Global Society 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status, or consent of the instructor
  • Cross listed with Med Hist, Hist Sci 

Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present are explored. There is a broad focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations.

SOC 578 Poverty and Place 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisite: None 
  • Cross listed with Amer Ind 

This course presents a sociological overview of place-based poverty in the United States, concentrating on the economic structure of poor places and the characteristics of the people who live in those places. We examine the allocation of economic and social rewards in contemporary society with an emphasis on persistently poor rural regions and communities, analysis of selected minority groups and their poverty statuses, and poverty programs and their consequences for structural and cultural changes.

POP HLTH 640 Foundations in Global Health Practice 

  • Credit: 1
  • Offering: Fall
  • Prerequisite: Graduate or health professional students, junior or senior status, or consent of the instructor

This interdisciplinary course is designed to prepare graduate students in the health sciences and related fields, as well as health professionals who are special students, for specific global health field experiences.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 003) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: Africa 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: Graduate or health professional student, or consent of the instructor 

This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in Africa. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 004) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: Southeast Asia 

  • Credits: 1
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: Graduate student or health professional student, or consent of the instructor 

This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in Southeast Asia. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 005) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: South America 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: Graduate student or health professional student, or consent of the instructor 

This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in South America. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

POP HLTH 644 (Section 006) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Health and Disease: Central America 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Prerequisites: Graduate student or health professional student, or consent of the instructor 

This course introduces students to global health challenges and interdisciplinary strategies to address health problems in developing countries with an emphasis on countries in Central America. The knowledge and skills from these courses will be critical for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of health problems beyond the boundaries of the United States.

NURSING 702 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Summer 

Multidisciplinary approach for health promotion/disease prevention in diverse communities emphasizing the use of epidemiological psychosocial, and environmental data for aggregate/community assessment to determine shared risks, exposures, behaviors and interventions.

FAMILY MEDICINE 712 Health Care in Diverse Communities 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Spring 

This elective is an introduction to issues in health care provided in diverse communities. Topics include cultural issues in medicine, health disparities, cross-cultural communication, culture and resiliency, historical background and ethics, civil rights in practice and minority health care professionals. Note: This course has limited enrollment. Enroll early.

POP HLTH 718 Principles of Global Healthcare Systems 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 

The course addresses and analyzes differences in health status and methods of organizing and providing health services in countries with varying levels of development and types of sociopolitical systems. Students will develop an understanding of the various avenues of international cooperation in health.

MED HIST 753 International Health and Global Society 

  • Credits: 1 
  • Offered: Fall 

In this course, students review advanced readings that examine major problems in modern international health. Focus on epidemiology and disease ecology, political economy of health, migration, quarantine, international health research, cross-cultural healing, mental and maternal health and growth of international health organizations. Note: Students must be concurrently enrolled in Med Hist 553.

POP HLTH 915 International Health Systems and Policy 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Online fall, spring, summer 

The course is designed as an independent study, allowing students considerable flexibility in scheduling the work and reporting the lessons learned. All readings and other materials are available in portable, electronic format. The intellectual approach is highly interdisciplinary, encouraging students to examine health systems from the perspectives of philosophy, history, sociology, demography, epidemiology, economics and politics as well as clinical medicine.

ANTRHO 919 Anthropology and International Health 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Occasionally 

Examination of international health issues from the theoretical and methodological perspectives of anthropology is the focus of this course. The course also includes case studies of applied medical anthropology work as well as critical analysis of development initiatives in public health.

PUB AFFR 974 International Program Evaluation 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Every other spring 
  • Prerequisites: Statistics and microeconomics 

This course provides an overview of program evaluation, the practice of assessing the efficacy of policy initiatives, with an emphasis on international applications. A primary concern when evaluating a program is ensuring that estimates reflect the causal impact of the program, so we will discuss various strategies for addressing this challenge, including randomized clinical trials, fixed effects, pre-post designs, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity and propensity score matching.