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Stephen S. Gloyd
G H 511
Seattle Campus

Problems in Global Health

Explores social, political, economic, environmental determinants of developing countries' health; traces development of societal responses to problems. Includes: origins of primary healthcare; child survival; traditional systems; population; water; sanitation; international agencies; impact of economic policies. Case study formulating pharmaceutical policy in a developing country. Offered: A.

Class description

Explores relationships between political, socioeconomic, cultural and demographic conditions of developing countries' and their impact on health services. Topics addressed include evolution of primary health care; alternative responses to health; structural adjustment; war & health; population dynamics; water & sanitation; HIV/AIDS; international orgnizations; pharmaceutical policy; vertical disease-oriented funding; human resource development.

Student learning goals

Describe changing burden of disease in developing countries, among countries and social classes

Identify the major factors that determine poverty and ill health in poor countries, including social class, race, education, family income, national income, debt, structural adjustment, and population pressures

Describe the evolution of major responses to the world health situation over the past century, including primary health care, child survival, and the changing mix of biological, technical, socioeconomic, and political approaches

Describe the limitations of progressive policy implementation in the context of complex social, economic and political realities

Identify the agendas, structures, assumptions, and impact of international aid, including who makes decisions about priorities and health related policies

Describe the influence of US foreign policy and neoliberal ideology on health and health systems throughout the world

General method of instruction

The material is presented in a format that includes both guest lecturers and case studies. Content of the discussions is shaped by the experience of the students and lecturers.

Recommended preparation

The course is open to graduate-level students.

Class assignments and grading

1) Global Fund proposal and presentation [35% of grade] 2) Critical Analysis Paper [45% of grade] 3) Position Statement (letter or op-ed piece) [10% of course grade] 4) Reflection Papers [10% of course grade (2) papers at 5% each]

Grading of all assignments will be based on the clarity of your thinking, your logic and evidence supporting your arguments, and the organization and effectiveness of your presentation.


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 Julie A. Beschta
Date: 03/24/2010