Graduate and Professional School Courses

This list of courses is not complete, but it gives you an idea of the kind of courses we offer and that you may be able to audit or take for credit. Contact the departmental registrar if you wish to take these courses for credit.

Please refer to the Yale Online Course Information system to verify which courses will be offered each semester.

School of Public Health

To enroll in or audit a class at the School of Public Health, contact the registrar, Susan Whalen (susan.whalen@yale.edu). Find current courses in Epidemilogy & Public Health by searching the Yale Online Course Information system. Search for courses with the GHD subheading.

GHD 541A - Community Health Program Evaluation
Denise Stevens
W 10:00-11:50 LEPH103
This course develops students' skills in designing program evaluations for public health programs, including non-governmental and governmental agencies in the United States and abroad. Students learn about different types of summative and formative evaluation models and tools for assessment. The course content is based on an ecological framework, principles of public health ethics, a philosophy of problem-based learning, and critiques of evaluation case studies. Students write evaluation plans for a specific existing public health program. Students may also work as a team with a local community health agency reviewing their evaluation plans and providing guidance on developing a program evaluation plan for one of the agency's public health programs.

GHD545A - Global Aspects of Food and Nutrition
Debbie Humphries
TH 10:00-11:50 LEPH108
This course develops students' awareness of the complex web of factors that lead to malnutrition and helps them understand the major diseases of malnutrition, including diseases of both under-nutrition and over-nutrition. The course covers nutritional assessment tools; the cultural, economic, agricultural, and policy context within which malnutrition exists; and approaches to reducing malnutrition.

GHD 551A - Global Organizations and Health
Nora Groce
TU 1:00-3:50 LEPH102 (new course)

GHD 580A - Introduction to Qualitative Research
Nora Groce
TU 10:00-11:50 LEPH102
This course provides M.P.H. students with a solid grounding in qualitative research methodology. Students are taught how to collect and interpret qualitative data. They also learn how qualitative data can be integrated with quantitative data to allow better understanding of complex problems in public health.

GHD582A - Theory & Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in Complex Emergencies
Jude Fernando
TH 3:00-5:50 LEPH103
This course is an in-depth examination of both theoretical and applied aspects of complex humanitarian emergencies. It gives students a comprehensive, multidimensional understanding of the needs of displaced persons, and institutional practices currently in place to respond to their needs. Students gain an understanding of the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of humanitarian assistance programs in both local and international contexts. The emphasis on institutions explores practices of governmental, nongovernmental, and local institutions in complex emergencies. What are the determinants of these practices? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these different institutions in terms of working independently and collaboratively? What shapes their actions and policy dilemmas?

GHD585A 160;- Comparative Health Care Systems
Hong Wang
TH 1:00-2:50 LEPH126
This course gives students a chance to examine the unique circumstances in which national systems evolve and the ways countries confront old, emerging, and new problems. Countries throughout the world have come up with vastly different approaches to the delivery of health care services, and, as a result, outcomes vary widely from country to country. There is clearly no one set of health care systems that provides the best outcomes. Students are introduced to several of the most common topics related to health care system development, including health financing, provider payment methods, health-care organization structure, and health-care regulations. The course emphasizes the importance of approaching the study of health systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Economic, political, and ethical issues that underpin health systems are compared using examples from representative countries at different stages of economic development and health-care reform.

GHD 588 - Geography of Health and Disease in a Global Context
Cynthia Pope
time and location to be determined
This course examines the interconnection of the global political economy, local social structures, constructions of meanings, and health using theoretical approaches and case studies. This class also emphasizes geospatial research methods and how one can apply these medical geography methods in the workplace. Also included is a discussion of the relation of disease and national security, the U.S. public health structure in a global perspective, and social justice issues.

GHD 544 - Disease, Public Health, and Empire: A History of International Health and Development
Amir Afkhami
This course explores the historic role of the West in promoting the occidental model for public health in the 'developing world' from the beginnings of tropical medicine and colonial health services to more recent efforts at disease eradication, population programs, and global immunization programs. The course examines the history of various health and development organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. The course explores the economic and political interests, as well as the cultural assumptions, that have shaped the development of ideas and practices associated with international health in developing countries.

GHD 550 International Health Promotion
Debbie Humphries
This course examines the theoretical base for health promotion activities and the evidence for effectiveness of different types of health promotion activities, and explores integrated policies and strategies that promote health from around the globe. The course draws on examples such as World Health Organization global health promotion activities, malaria control in Africa, safe walking and cycling in the Netherlands, high-school- student smoking in Turkey, and community gardens in California. By the end of the course, students should be able to systematically develop, review, and evaluate health promotion policies, strategies, and programs.

GHD 546 Social Determinants of Health
Hong Wang
Many countries have experienced rapid socioeconomic changes in the past decades. These changes have shown both positive and negative impacts on population health. This course provides theoretical and empirical overviews on the relationships between social change and population health. The course begins with the conceptual framework of social determinants of health, social change and health, and some specific topics of the impacts of social change on population health. Students receive the country-based case studies of social change on population health. The course applies a combination of lectures, class discussion, case studies, and student presentations. Student participation is a critical component of this course.

GHD 581 Global Health Disparities and Social Justice
Kari Hartwig (on sabbatical 2007-2008)
This course outlines and applies the distinctions among equity, inequality, and disparities; explores frameworks of social justice and human rights; and uses these frameworks and definitions to critically examine current structural or policy issues that have implications for health and social justice. Issues may include access to essential drugs and health care, the Global Gag Rule, national constitutional and international norms promoting the 'right to health',  and social determinants of health. Differences between U.S. and global perspectives are highlighted. Course participants develop strategy papers to address possible solutions.

GHD 583 Public Health Surveillance
Amanda Durante
This course is intended to provide students with a strong foundation in public health surveillance of both infectious and non-infectious disease. Students are taught the theory and practice of surveillance, supported by many examples of surveillance systems from the developing world. The class builds on and reinforces basic epidemiological concepts. Students are given the opportunity to design and evaluate a surveillance system.

GHD 595 Economic, Social, and Political Dimensions of Development
Jennifer Ruger
This course provides a framework for understanding social, economic, and political dimensions of development and examines how these dimensions impact individuals, groups, and communities, particularly disadvantaged and at-risk populations. The course explores how social, economic, and political forces and frameworks shape social justice, institutions, and policy and analysis in developing and transitioning economies. The course explores a range of issues, trends, and forces within each of the three dimensions of development and their relationship to health and well-being. The focus is primarily international, with perspectives and examples from developing and transitioning economies.

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Forestry and Environmental Science

Find current courses in Forestry and Environmental Science by searching the Yale Online Course Information system.

F&ES 61006 - Biological Perspectives on Global Change
Lisa Welp
The course promotes understanding of the interface between major aspects of global change and the biospheric systems. Attention is given to the biological significance of ozone layer depletion, anthropogenic and natural causes of photochemical smog, acid rain, sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, and impact of global warming on the terrestrial biosphere. Lectures and discussions are offered. A term paper / presentation / literature critique are required of students.

F&ES 80067 - Global Environmentalism
Ramachandra Guha
This course provides a comparative, cross-cultural perspective on the environmental debate. The first part explores the history of environmentalism in different parts of the world. The cases studied include Wilderness Thinking in America, Gandhian agrarianism in India, and Green politics in Germany. The second part looks at the trajectory of environmental conflicts and ways of resolving them. The focus is on the sectors of forestry, biodiversity conservation, and resource consumption, moving back and forth among the locality, the nation, and the globe.

F&ES 96004 - The Environment and Human Health
Michelle Bell
This course provides an overview of the critical relationships between the environment and human health. The class explores the interaction between health and different parts of the environmental system including water pollution, water-related disease, indoor and outdoor air, and agriculture. Other topics include environmental justice, case studies of environmental health disasters, waste disposal, risk, urbanization, and links between global warming and health.

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African Studies

Find current courses in African Studies by searching the Yale Online Course Information system.

AFST 618 - Communication and Healing in South Africa
Sandra Sanneh
This course deals with practical issues of communication about health and healing in South Africa. It focuses on the Nguni language environment (Zulu/Xhosa/Swati/Ndebele) but also addresses some issues relating to other South African languages. The course offers an introduction to Zulu language in the context of health, and to social and cultural issues surrounding the origins of suffering, the articulation of symptoms, and the role of the family, traditional healers, and western medical practitioners. Attention is given to HIV/AIDS in the community and to the status and attitudes of young people.

AFST 560 -  The Political Economy Of AIDS In Sub-Saharan Africa
Nicoli Nattrass
A comparative perspective is used to consider the impact of and responses to the AIDS pandemic in Africa. The focus is on South Africa and other countries in southern Africa.

AFST 783 -  International Development in Historical Perspective
Michael Mahoney
This course explores the history of economic development since 1945. The focus is on Latin America, Asia, and especially Africa and includes a survey of this history from the colonial civilizing mission to current state-market-civil society debates. An evaluation of conflicts over economic globalization is also offered. Also HIST 983.

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Political Science (or International and Area Studies)

Find current courses in Political Science by searching the Yale Online Course Information system.

Comparative Health Policy and Ethics
Stephen R. Latham, J.D., Ph.D., Theodore Marmor, Ph.D.
This course introduces students to important comparative work in health policy (including healthcare delivery, public health and medical ethics) with particular emphasis on United States/United Kingdom comparisons. The course provides an introduction to the theory and purpose of doing comparative policy work. Students use a set of core readings to compare the laws and policies governing selected issues in medical ethics, including abortion, end-of-life decision making, assisted reproduction, and research on human subjects. This course is one of the prerequisites for students interested in the Yale - Keele Comparative Bio-ethics -Fifth Year- program.

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