Spring 2020 Class Schedule
|GBL_HLTH 301||Introduction to International Public Health||Sarah Rodriguez||TTh 11:00am-12:20pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 301 Introduction to International Public Health
This course introduces students to pressing disease and health care problems worldwide and examines past and current efforts to address them. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course identifies the main actors, institutions, practices and forms of knowledge production characteristic of what we call “global health” today, and explores the environmental, social, political and economic factors that shape 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 and place present-day developments in historical perspective.
|GBL_HLTH 302||Global Bioethics||Sarah Rodriguez||TTh 12:30-1:50pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 302 Global Bioethics
Global health is a popular field of work and study for Americans, with an increasing number of medical trainees and practitioners, as well as people without medical training, going abroad to volunteer in areas where there are few health care practitioners or resources. In addition, college undergraduates, as well as medical trainees and practitioners, are going abroad in increasing numbers to conduct research in areas with few health care resources. But all of these endeavors, though often entered into with the best of intentions, are beset with ethical questions, concerns, and dilemmas, and can have unintended consequences. In this course, students will assess these ethical challenges. In so doing, students will examine core ethical codes, guidelines, and principals – such as solidarity, social justice, and humility – so they will be able to ethically assess global health practices in a way that places an emphasis on the core goal of global health: reducing health inequities and disparities.
|GBL_HLTH 320||Qualitative Research Methods in Global Health||Peter Locke||T 2:00-4:50pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 320 Qualitative Research Methods in Global Health
This course is designed to provide global health students with the tools they will need in order to design, revise, conduct, and write up current and future qualitative research projects relating to global health topics. This course is experientially driven, allowing students opportunities to actually "do" research, while providing careful mentoring and engaging in in-depth discussions about ethical and methodological issues associated with qualitative approaches and with working with living humans. Students will learn methods such as: writing research proposals, research ethics, writing ethnographic field notes, doing qualitative interviews and focus groups, analyzing and writing up data.
|GBL_HLTH 390||Community Based Participatory Research||Beatriz Reyes||MW 12:30-1:50pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 390 Community Based Participatory Research
This course is an introduction to community-based participatory research (CBPR). The W.K. Kellogg Foundation states CBPR is a collaborative research approach that “begins with a research topic of importance to the community and has the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.” We will explore the historical and theoretical foundations, and the key principles of CBPR. Students will be introduced to methodological approaches to building community partnerships; community assessment; research planning; and data sharing. Real-world applications of CBPR in health will be studied to illustrate issues and challenges. Further, this course will address culturally appropriate interventions; working with diverse communities; and ethical considerations in CBPR.
|GBL_HLTH 390||Native Nations, Healthcare Systems, and U.S. Policy||Beatriz Reyes||TTh 12:30-1:50pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 390 Native Nations, Healthcare Systems, and U.S. Policy
|GBL_HLTH 390||Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity||Sera Young||TTh 11:00am-12:20pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 390 Biocultural Perspectives on Water Insecurity
The first objective of this course is to introduce students to the many ways that water impacts our world. We will discuss what the international recommendations for safely managed water are and the health and social consequences of water insecurity. The second objective is explore why there is such variety in water insecurity worldwide. These discussions will be guided by the socio-ecological framework, in which dimensions ranging from the individual to the geopolitical are considered. Influences on access to water will be broadly considered; we will draw on literature in global health, ethnography, the life sciences, and public policy. The third objective is to develop critical thinking and writing abilities to reflect on the multi-dimensional causes and consequences of water insecurity and the appropriateness of potential solutions.
|GBL_HLTH 390||Health Care Under Socialism and Postsocialism||Ivan Djordjevic||W 2:00-4:50pm||Core|
GBL_HLTH 390 Health Care Under Socialism and Postsocialism
|ANTHRO 306||Evolution of Life Histories||Aaron Miller||TTh 9:30-10:50am||Elective|
ANTHRO 306 Evolution of Life Histories
This course introduces life history theory as an integrated framework for understanding the biological processes underlying the human life cycle and its evolution. After constructing a solid foundation in life history theory and the comparative method, the class will address questions such as: Why do humans grow and develop much more slowly than other primate species? Why do we have so few offspring? What is the significance of puberty? What is the function of menopause? In-depth analysis of several case studies will allow the class to examine in detail the utility of life history theory for explaining aspects of human development and behavior from an evolutionary perspective.
|BMD_ENG 380||Medical Devices, Disease & Global Health||Matthew Glucksberg||MWF 1:00-1:50pm||Elective|
BMD_ENG 380 Medical Devices, Disease & Global Health
An examination of the intersection of technology and the delivery of health care in resource-poor environments, especially in Africa. Engineering and the application of technologies are important in delivery of health care. This is true in the developing world as well as in the developed world, however health care technologies often fail to work as intended when solutions from wealthy countries are used in poor countries. Differences in burden of disease, infrastructure, economic and social structures are examined in the context of developing practical ways to improve health in specific parts of the developing world. Students work with the instructor to develop ideas a term paper examining a particular intervention.
|CFS 391||Field Studies in Social Justice||Kumar Ramanathan||T 6:00-9:00pm||Elective|
CFS 391 Field Studies in Social Justice
Social justice is often defined as the just and equal access to resources, privileges, and social status, and involves the recognition of persistent social inequalities, and that work toward social justice involves ongoing structural social change. This course examines social justice as idea and process, in historical perspective and around the world, and through the lens of active social justice movements in Chicago today. We look in particular at the Black Lives Matter movement, struggles against urban gentrification and displacement, and the immigrant rights movement, as case studies offering new internship opportunities. Course readings and meetings emphasize reflection, debate, and constructive critique, as we pay attention to the intersections of race, class, gender, citizenship, and sexuality, but focus especially on the discourses and practices of race and racism that frame social justice struggles.
|CFS 392||Field Studies in Public Health||Staff||TBA||Elective|
CFS 392 Field Studies in Public Health
Field Studies in Public Health was developed for students interested in health-related fields, including public health, medicine, and health policy. In this course, students will learn the broad definition of Public Health and its history, and will explore the complexity of this field by examining current public health issues such as food safety, gun violence, and healthcare reform. The course will provide students an opportunity to consider how the theory and ideology of public health square up with the practice of this field at their internship sites.
|CHEM_ENG 382||Biotechnology Regulatory Science||Arthur Felse||MW 6:00-7:50pm||Elective|
CHEM_ENG 382 Biotechnology Regulatory Science
Drug product development is a process with an inherent low probability of success that takes about 13 years and 2.6 billion dollars from lead discovery to product launch. Regulatory science is a discipline that helps drug companies and regulatory agencies to make science-based risk/benefit decisions on a new molecular entity (NME) that eventually leads to a decision on its approval. The rapidly growing science-based approach will to increase probability of success and decease drug development costs.
The regulatory sciences in biotechnology course will provide a unique educational experience at the intersection of science, engineering, and regulatory compliance. Topics such as federal regulations for drug product development, regulatory compliance processes and organizational structure, interface between biotechnology processes and regulatory sciences, global harmonization of regulations, and regulatory documentation will be covered in this course. One part of this course will be delivered as lectures, case-studies, and workshops and the other will be delivered as a hands-on, practicum team project in biotech regulatory science. The class will feature several guest lectures from professionals in the biotech and pharma industry.
|CHEM 316||Medicinal Chemistry||Richard Bruce Silverman||TTh 11:00-12:20pm||Elective|
CHEM 316 Medicinal Chemistry
This is a survey course designed to show how organic chemistry plays a major role in the design, development, and action of drugs. Although concepts of biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, physiology, and pharmacology will be discussed, it is principally an organic chemistry course with the emphasis on physical interactions and chemical reactions and their mechanisms as applied to biological systems. We will see how drugs are discovered and developed; how they get to their site of action; what happens when they reach the site of action in their interaction with receptors, enzymes, and DNA; how resistance occurs; how the body gets rid of drugs, and what a medicinal chemist can do to avoid having the body eliminate them before they have produced their desired effect. The approaches discussed are those used in the pharmaceutical industry and elsewhere for the discovery of new drugs.
|ENVR_POL 390-0-23||Special Topics in Environmental Policy: Ethics and the Environment||Lendell Home||TTh 2:00-3:20pm||Elective|
ENVR_POL 390-0-23 Special Topics in Environmental Policy: Ethics and the Environment
|HDPS 351||Special Topics in HDPS: Health Program Planning||David Moskowitz||W 6:00-8:50PM||Elective|
HDPS 351 Special Topics in HDPS: Health Program Planning
|POLI_SCI 377||Drugs and Politics||Ana Arjona||TTh 2:00-3:20pm||Elective|
POLI_SCI 377 Drugs and Politics