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Summer 2021 Class Schedule

summer 2021 class Schedule

Core Courses
Course Title Instructor Day/Time Location
GBL_HLTH 307 International Perspectives on Mental Health Maddalena Canna

WF 1:00-3:30pm

June 21-August 1

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
GBL_HLTH 390-0-1 Special Topics in Global Health: Population and Reproductive Health Judith Helzner

MTuTh 3:00-5:30pm

June 21-July 18

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
GBL_HLTH 390-0-2 Special Topics in Global Health: Managing Global Health Challenges Michael Diamond

M 6:00-9:00pm

June 21-August 22

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
GBL_HLTH 390-0-3 Special Topics in Global Health: Folk, Traditional, and Complementary Medicine in Public Health Elise Levin

MTh 6:00-8:20pm

June 21-August 1

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time

 

Elective Courses
Course Title Instructor Day/Time Location
ANTHRO 315 Medical Anthropology

Maddalena Canna

TuTh 3:30-6:00pm

June 21-August 1

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
BIOL_SCI 355 Immunobiology Steven Anderson

June 21-August 29

 Asynchronous
CFS 392 Field Studies in Public Health Lauren Keenan-Devlin

 M 7:00-9:00pm

June 21-August 22

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
CFS 397 Field Studies in Civic Engagement Elizabeth McCabe

June 21-August 15

 Asynchronous
CFS 398 Field Studies in Humanities Elizabeth McCabe

Tu 7:00-9:00pm

June 21-August 22

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
ENGLISH 305 Advanced Composition: Science, Medical, and Health Writing Laura Pigozzi

TuTh 9:00-11:30am

June 21-August 1

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
LATINO 393 Topics in Latino and Latina Text and Representation: Race, Gender, and Violence Elvia Mendoza

MTuWTh 10:00am-1:30pm

June 21-July 4

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
PSYCH 341 Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being Wendi Gardner

TuTh 6:15-9:15pm

June 21-July 25

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time
POLI_SCI 377 Drugs and Politics Ana Arjona

August 2-August 22

Asynchronous
PUB_HLTH 316 Topics in Public Health: LGBTQ Health Lauren Beach

M 6:15-9:15pm

June 21-August 22

Synchronous: Class meets remotely at scheduled time

 

summer 2021 course descriptions

GBL_HLTH 307: International Perspectives on Mental Health

This course will explore issues of mental health in cross-cultural, international perspective and examine the impact of psychological illness on the global burden of disease. Students explore the following questions: how do cultural systems of meaning and behavior affect the vulnerability of individuals within the population to mental illness and the mental illnesses to which they are vulnerable? How does culture influence the way that mental illness is expressed and experienced and how does this affect our ability to measure psychological illness cross-culturally? How do cultural factors affect the way that mental illnesses are diagnosed and labeled, and the degree to which they are stigmatized? And how do such factors affect our ability to create effective public health interventions? Finally, how do healing practices and the efficacy of particular treatments vary across cultures? By examining these and related questions, in the context of specific mental illnesses including schizophrenia, depression, and PTSD students are exposed to a unique set of ideas otherwise unrepresented in the current global health curriculum. Mental health is crucially linked to physical health, and represents an enormous global health burden in its own right. It is crucial, therefore, that global health students be introduced to central issues related to epidemiology and intervention in this area.

GBL_HLTH 390-0-1: Population and Reproductive Health 

This course will examine the ways in which population growth concerns in Africa, Asia and Latin America have evolved over time towards a more woman-centered approach. Debates continue between demographers and advocates of “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” In the meantime, family planning policies and programs have broadened from their original medical focus that prioritized quantitative measurement and the views of providers. Today, they can address quality of care from the client’s perspective, gender power dynamics including male involvement in decision-making, attention to both married and unmarried young people, and even efforts to increase the empowerment of women and girls. Students will learn about past and current challenges to advancing reproductive health in the global South, advances (and gaps) in knowledge about what works, and efforts towards reaching the United Nations goal of ensuring “universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services” by the year 2030.

GBL_HLTH 390-0-2: Managing Global Health Challenges

Disease knows no borders. Both pathogens and lifestyles move around the world and the people of every country share the risks. The responsibility for ensuring the public health rests with governments at local, national and international levels. Public health interventions require cooperation and partnerships at each level and with civil society organizations, corporations, businesses and individuals. Advances in technology can significantly reduce the burden of disease and improve the quality of health and life. To effectively address global health challenges, technology must be integrated into health systems in ways that are both appropriate and sustainable. These interventions are affected by public policies, availability of resources and theories of public health and disease. Existing health organizations are increasingly challenged by the scope and magnitude of the current and future threats to public health such as the AIDS pandemic; the emergence of new and more virulent infectious diseases; the threats of bio-terrorism; growing resistance to antibiotics; lack of basic infrastructure of water, sanitation and inadequate access to drugs in developing countries; and overabundance of foods and complications from affluence, leading to health problems such as diabetes in higher income countries. This course will examine the global epidemiology of these diseases and threats to the populations of the world, and the current technological and organizational strategies that have been established to respond. A series of diseases and geographical regions will be analyzed to consider how the international community uses technology and organizes its response to current problems in global public health. Special attention will be given to examples of effective technologies and intervention strategies.

GBL_HLTH 390-0-3:Folk, Traditional, and Complementary Medicine in Public Health

This course will offer both public health and anthropological perspectives on the study of folk medicine, which is referred to as traditional, complementary, integrative, or alternative therapy or medicine. We will learn about types of healing and health in Africa, South Asia, the West Indies and other regions, the cultural meanings and notions of efficacy. The course will also cover work on revival of traditional healing in various settings, and the integration of non-biomedical therapies into health programs including in U.S. locations.

Course requirements include participation in twice-weekly online synchronous class meetings, readings, asynchronous lectures, weekly response papers and a final project. There are no exams.

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