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Introduction to Global Health (201-0-20)


Noelle Sullivan
1800 Sherman Ave, Suite 1-200, #1-102, Evanston

Meeting Info

Harris Hall L07: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

This course introduces students to pressing disease and health care problems worldwide (including in the USA) and examines efforts currently underway to address them. Taking an interdisciplinary approach drawing on the social sciences and global/public health, the course identifies the main actors, institutions, practices and forms of knowledge production characteristic of what we call "global health" today, exploring the environmental, social, political and economic factors shaping patterns and experiences of illness and healthcare across societies. We will scrutinize the value systems that underpin specific paradigms in the policy and science of global health practice, and place present-day developments in historical perspective. As an introductory course on global health, the class delves into comparative health systems, including in high- and low-income countries. Key topics will include: policies and approaches to global health, key actors in global health, comparative health systems, structural violence, gender and reproductive health, chronic and communicable diseases (including pandemics), politics of global health research and evidence, and the ethics of global health equity.

Class Materials (Required)

All required class materials will be available on Canvas.

Class Attributes

Social and Behavioral Science Foundational Discipl
Global Perspectives on Power, Justice, and Equity
Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area