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Matthew Sparke
SIS 180
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies and Outcomes

Provides an introduction to global health, including: the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; the determinants of global health disparities; the making of global health polices; and the outcomes of global health interventions. Offered: jointly with G H 101/GEOG 180; W.

Class description

This course introduces global health by putting its contemporary definition, determinants, development, and direction as a field into a broad global context. It is open to students from all disciplines. The class is divided into four core topics: i) the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; ii) the determinants of global health disparities; iii) the development of global health policies; and, iv) the outcomes of global health interventions. All are examined in relation to wider patterns of global interdependency, highlighting how both global health disparities and global health policy responses are themselves shaped by global ties and tensions.

Student learning goals

Be able to describe the global burden of disease and mortality in multiple dimensions ­ by geography, social class, race, and gender ­ and examine patterns of health and welfare disparity among all of these dimensions. Understand and explain disparities in both acute and chronic disease patterns over time, with awareness of the associated role of global social, political, and economic changes.

Comprehend the social, political and economic determinants of health disparities. Understand the ways in which global interdependencies that do not appear immediately related to health ­ the ties of global trade, of global finance, and of global governance ­ nevertheless play a role in explaining unequal experiences of sickness and health.

Know about how different concepts of globalization shape distinct approaches to policy. Trace how health policy takes different forms in changing political-economic environments including discussions of primary health care systems (e.g. inadequate investment, health workforce migration management); disease specific policies (e.g., child survival, AIDS treatment); and economic policies (e.g. World Bank & IMF Structural Adjustment Programs, pharmaceutical patent protections).

Be able to describe the outcomes resulting from the ways in which new global health policies change patterns of health practice and intervention globally. Know why policy responses to global health disparities are taking global health further away from the fields of tropical medicine, international health and national public health from which it first developed.

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

It is recommended to take Intro to Globalization, SIS 123 / GEOG 123 BEFORE taking Intro to Global Health, GH 101.

Class assignments and grading

Research work The research work will contribute 40% towards the final grade.The research project for Global Health 101 is to write a modified Global Fund proposal. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria ³was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need.² By following key components of this disease specific policy development process, students learn about the wider mechanics effecting funding for Global Health while also developing knowledge about heath needs and systems in a poor country setting. Over the quarter students complete a series of seven assignments that will culminate with a modified proposal for submission to the Global Fund at the end of the quarter. Each assignment will contribute to the final product and allow for consistent progress on your proposal throughout the quarter.

Reearch work, 40% Midterm exam, 20% Final exam, 40%

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.
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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/14/2011