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Stephen A. Bezruchka
HSERV 534
Seattle Campus

Global Population Health and Development

Looks at determinants of population health in different countries, to learn about the constraints of typical public health and development paradigms. Topics include colonialism, development and underdevelopment, political economy, culture, health behaviors, hierarchy, health care and medical harm. Prerequisite: experience working in a health program.

Class description

This course looks at determinants of population health in different countries, to learn about the constraints of typical public health and development paradigms. Topics covered include colonialism, development and underdevelopment, political economy, culture, health behaviors, hierarchy, health care and medical harm.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and reading

Recommended preparation

Open-mindedness, experience working in a health program in some country and a reflection of what that program was doing for the health of the population.

Class assignments and grading

The output of the course has an activist element oriented towards improving human health in the USA and throughout the world.

Dissemination of the ideas presented in the course to others is stressed, as is communicating the concepts, and responding to current news items, framing them around the key ideas. Gaining facility discussing population health to others, including strangers, is an important part of the work.


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 year's course web site
Last Update by Stephen A. Bezruchka
Date: 01/30/2007