• Thematic Cluster: Health and Society, Global Perspectives
  • Course for Minor: Health & Society Minor - Elective
  • Pre-reqs required: No
  • Course Frequency: Generally offered at least once per academic year
  • Syllabus: Syllabus File

Course Description:

This course will provide a sociological introduction to the field of global health, focusing on the disease burden in developing countries. In this course, we will critically discuss how poverty, inequality, culture, socioeconomic development, globalization, and health systems are related to health. Using existing statistics and literature, we will explore the economic, social, environmental, and institutional determinants of various diseases across population groups. Through case studies and discussion of controversial issues in global health, students will become familiar with the success stories, lessons, and challenges in improving global health. In addition to attending lectures, students will learn through active participation in in-class discussions, presentations, and take-home assignments.