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Rachel A Katzenellenbogen
G H 590
Seattle Campus

Selected Topics in Global Health

Focuses on topics relevant to global health. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Designed to highlight issues for adolescents in resource limited settings with an initial focus on what makes adolescents unique. Topic-based seminars, journal articles, and student-led discussions will include: adolescent development; physical and psychological trauma; illicit activities; ethics and the law; adolescent-focused research and programming; and the economy and public policy.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to define the biologic and psychologic development of an adolescent.

Students will be able to describe the unique health, social, and political issues for adolescents, especially within a resource-poor setting.

Students will be able to critically read and review research articles in the field of adolescent health and medicine.

Students will be able to describe effective medical, social, and policy-based programs for adolescents in resource-poor settings.

General method of instruction

The course will meet on a weekly basis for 80 minutes in the spring quarter of the academic year. The first four presentations will establish a structure and context for adolescent health in which the remaining topic-focused presentations will be discussed and understood. The hour and 20 minute lectures given by expert presenters will typically be structured with a 5 minute overview of the issue by the course instructor(s), a 15 minute review and critique of assigned journal articles by assigned student participants, and then a 45 minute lecture with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be assigned weekly reading and will sign up as small groups to jointly review and critique one week's assigned reading. Additionally, students will participate in student-led discussions in the classroom and use on-line discussion boards linked to our course topics.

1. Class participation (50%). Attendance at class sessions and participation in discussions is expected, with a minimum of 8 out of 10 classes in attendance. Attendance will be taken at every class. 2. Homework (25%). For each lecture, a student is expected to read assigned journal articles and summarize/critique one of them. This summary will be due before the beginning of class, and it is expected 8 out of 10 lectures as a minimum. 3. Student-led discussion (25%). After the first overview lectures, students are expected to lead a 15 minute class discussion on the assigned readings for that day prior to the expert speaker. Additionally, students are to participate in on-line discussion boards linked to our course website.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rachel A Katzenellenbogen
Date: 02/06/2014