Electives

YSPH Global Health Courses - Fall 2103

CDE 594, Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition
Faculty: Rafael Perez-Escamilla
When: Mondays, 10.00 - 11.50AM
Where:  LEPH 102
This course examines how nutrition knowledge gets translated into evidence-informed maternal-child food and nutrition programs and policies. Using multisectorial and interdisciplinary case-study examples, the course highlights (a) socioeconomic, cultural, public health, and biomedical forces that determine maternal-child nutrition well-being; and (b) how this understanding can help shape effective programs and policies capable of improving food and nutrition security of women and children. Topics include maternal-child nutrition programs, food assistance and conditional cash-transfer programs, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Prerequisites: CDE 508 and BIS 505.

CDE 541, Community Health Program Evaluation
Faculty: Denise Stevens
When: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:50PM
Where:  LEPH 101
This course develops students' skills in designing program evaluations for public health programs, including nongovernmental 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.

CDE 573, Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness
Faculty: Megan Smith
When: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:50PM
Where:  LEPH 102
This course provides an introduction to mental health and illness with a focus on the complex interplay between risk and protective factors and social and cultural influences on mental health status. We examine the role of social and cultural factors in the etiology, course, and treatment of substance misuse; depressive, anxiety, and psychotic disorders; and some of the severe behavioral disorders of childhood. The social consequences of mental illness such as stigma, isolation, and barriers to care are explored, and their impact on access to care and recovery considered. The effectiveness of the current system of services and the role of public health and public health professionals in mental health promotion are discussed.

EMD 543, Global Aspects of Food and Nutrition 
Faculty: Debbie Humphries
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:20PM
Where: LEPH 101
The course presents a core topic in global health and development that is at the intersection of science, society, and policy. The course familiarizes students with leading approaches to analyzing the causes of malnutrition in countries around the world and to designing and evaluating nutrition interventions. It covers micronutrient and macronutrient deficiencies; approaches to reducing malnutrition; the cultural, economic, environmental, agricultural, and policy context within which malnutrition exists; and the relationships between common infections and nutritional status.

EMD 518, Principles of Infectious Disease II
Faculty: Melinda Pettigrew
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 - 2:50PM
Where: LEPH 115
This course explores the epidemiology and biology of infectious agents and the diseases they cause. Through a theme-based, integrated approach, students learn about the epidemiology, pathogenesis, prevention, and control of bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotic parasites of public health importance. Emphasis is placed on epidemiological methods, routes of transmission, host-pathogen interactions, and mechanisms of virulence. The course also teaches skills for understanding and evaluating the published literature, specifically through class discussions and oral presentations of assigned readings by students. Topics covered include gastrointestinal, respiratory, and sexually transmitted pathogens.

EMD 572/F&ES 891, Ecoepidemiology
Faculty: Maria Diuk-Wasser
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:20PM
Where: LEPH 103
Diseases transmitted to humans by arthropods (vector-borne) or animal reservoirs (zoonotic) constitute the majority of globally (re)emerging infectious diseases. The purpose of this course is to explore factors underlying the risk to humans of acquiring vector-borne and zoonotic diseases (VBZD) like malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, rabies, hantavirus, etc. Students learn how human risk for these diseases can be described and predicted by understanding the ecology of vectors and reservoirs and the factors allowing for maintenance and transmission of pathogens. The course utilizes a combination of lectures, discussion of primary literature, practical exercises on risk mapping, and guest speakers.

EMD 680, Molecular and Cellular Processes of Parasitic Eukaryotes
Faculty: Diane McMahon-Pratt
When: Wednesdays 10:45-12:00PM
Where: LEPH 108
An introductory topic-based course in modern parasitology. For each topic there is an introductory lecture followed by a journal club-like discussion session of relevant papers selected from the literature. The course provides an introduction to basic biological concepts of parasitic eukaryotes causing diseases in humans. Topics include strategies used by parasitic eukaryotes to establish infections in the host and approaches to disease control, through either chemotherapy, vaccines, or genomics. In addition, emphasis is placed on evaluating the quality and limitation of scientific publications and developing skills in scientific communication.
Prerequisite: permission o the instructor

EHS 581, Medical and Public Health Emergency Planning and Operations
Faculty: Sandy Bogucki
When: Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:50PM
Where: LEPH 101
This course focuses on the Emergency Support Functions #8 (ESF #8), which are the planning and response functions related to public health and health care. It encompasses the seventeen functional content areas comprising the health and medical response to disasters. ESF #8 places the critical health and medical functions in the context of a large-scale event that includes other social, economic, and civil aspects. This is the magnitude of incident targeted by the National Health Security Strategy, in which public health consequences can destabilize national security. In major disasters and public health emergencies, much of the responsibility for incident management resides in the emergency management community, while leadership of the health and medical response is assigned by law and policy to public health as the lead agency for ESF #8. This course focuses on the requirements for planning and response that will be generated by specific public health threats; how to develop plans that include both procurement and deployment of the required resources; and how to execute those plans within the complex, interagency, operational environment. A unique component of the course is participation in the Yale-Tulane VMOC (virtual medical operations center), which assists with a common operating picture and briefing materials for decision makers in a public health emergency.

EPH 591, Global Health Seminar
Faculty: Michael Skonieczny
When: Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00PM
Where: The Anlyan Center N107
This course provides a space for discussion and critical thought about current topics in global health. Invited speakers come together with faculty, staff, and students (from YSPH and beyond) during each session to analyze current global health challenges, existing initiatives to address them, and potential alternative approaches. Topics range from sharing lessons learned from specific programs to broader issues such as the interrelation of globalization and health. The seminar represents an opportunity for students to reflect on the hard questions of global health practice. Through these types of discussions, we hope to encourage students to understand health and their role as public health practitioners more holistically, and to begin the difficult work of developing their professional values.

HPM 592, Strategic Thinking in Global Health
Faculty: Leslie Curry, Michael Skonieczny, Elizabeth Bradley
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:15AM
Where: LC 211
This course defines and applies a set of core principles regarding development and implementation of grand strategy and problem solving in global health. Students come to understand and apply principles of grand strategy and strategic problem solving, which are taught at both a conceptual and a practical level as applied to common problems in global health. Students develop expertise in political and policy analysis as well as organizational theory and leadership skills that are central to addressing global health issues in low- and middle-income countries.

HPM 546, Ethical Issues in Public Health
Faculty: Bruce Jennings
When: Mondays, 1:00 - 2:50PM
Where: LEPH 102
This course is a study of ethical and social dimensions of public health policy and practice both within the United States and globally. Public health always has a normative as well as a scientific aspect. Social legitimacy and public trust are always essential to effective public health. Ideals of human rights, individual liberty, social justice and equality, community, solidarity, and the common good are central to public health policy and practice. At the same time, however, existing structures of power, coercion, discrimination, and stigma also shape those policies and practices. Important frameworks of ethical and political theory are explained and compared, including utilitarianism, rights theory, theories of social and global justice, and democratic and elitist theories of governance. These frameworks are then applied to selected public health issues. Topics include global health justice, the ethical implications of studies of the social determinants of health, the cultural framing of health and illness, ethical issues in infectious disease control, and ethical conflicts arising in health promotion and behavior modification interventions in cases such as smoking and obesity. Environmental health and the global health effects of climate change are also explored.

Global Health Courses outside YSPH – Fall 2013

HLTH 325/GLBL 189/GLBL 589, Methods and Ethics in Global Health Research

 


Faculty: Kristina Talbert-Slagle                  
When: Fridays, 9:35AM - 12:50PM
Where: TBA
Introduction to research methods in global health that recognize the influence of political, economic, social, and cultural factors. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches; ethical aspects of conducting research in resource-constrained settings; the process of obtaining human subjects' approval. Students develop proposals for short-term global health research projects conducted in resource-constrained settings. 

ANTH 812/ANTH 412, Topics in Anthropological Genetics  
Faculty: Brenda Bradley
When: Mondays, 2:30 - 4:30PM
Where: TBA
A detailed examination of molecular approaches to understanding human evolution and diversity. Emphasis is on current research findings and new methodologies exploring topics such as human origins and hominin evolution, population genomics, molecular adaptations, epigenetics, and gene-culture interactions. We also consider relevant social and ethical issues, including commercial DNA testing and ownership of biological samples.  

ANTH 628/GLBL 828, Conflict and Health
Faculty: Catherine Panter-Brick
When: Fridays, 9:25 - 11:15AM
Where: TBA
We review the many intersections of conflict, violence, and global health, with examples focused on armed conflict and forced displacement. We examine new frameworks for research and intervention. We review the impact of violence on physical, emotional, and social well-being; the nature and drivers of collective, interpersonal, and structural violence; and the personal, family, community, and governmental dimensions of resilience. We discuss specific examples of how health, ethics, and politics intersect in humanitarian practice.

Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

GLBL 363/AFST406/PLSC406/WGSS720, Sexual Violence and War
Faculty: Elisabeth Wood
When: Thursdays, 9:25 - 11:15AM
Where: TBA
Analysis of patterns of sexual violence in war. Assessment of how well scholars in various disciplines and policy analysts account for these patterns.

GLBL 325a/ECON 469a, Health Inequality and Development
Faculty: Nicole Nattrass
When: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20PM
Where: TBA
Economic analysis of the interactions between health, inequality, and development. Growth and development; health and well being; burden of disease and funding for health; the relationship between growth and health; international health policy.

Prerequisite: introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics.
Permission of instructor required

GLBL 529/CDE 585, Sexuality, Health and Human Rights
Faculty: Alice Miller
When: Thursdays, 9:25 - 11:15AM
Where: TBA
This course explores the application of human rights perspectives and practices to issues in regard to sexuality and health. Through reading, interactive discussion, paper presentation, and occasional outside speakers, students learn the tools and implications of applying rights to a range of sexuality and health-related topics. The overall goal is twofold: to engage students in the world of global sexual health and rights policy making as a field of social justice and public health action; and to introduce them to conceptual tools that can inform advocacy and policy formation and evaluation. Class participation, short reaction papers, and a final paper required.

GLBL 503/GLBL 303, Global Economies: Markets, Institutions and Policy
Faculty: Michael Moore
When: Thursdays, 9:25 - 11:15AM
Where: TBA
This is a course in applied macroeconomics using standard economic frameworks such as the Aggregate Demand-Aggregate Supply (AD-AS) model, the IS-LM model, and the Solow growth model to analyze issues in macroeconomic development and performance. The course studies developed, closed economies (the United States, EU, and Japan, for example), then moves to open economies and developing countries. Emphasis is on understanding how countries grow, how globalization has helped or hindered growth, and what policies are available for promoting long-term growth and stability.

AFST 401/AFST 501, Research Methods in African Studies
Faculty: Cheryl Doss
When: Thursdays, 1:30 -3:20PM
Where: WLH 115
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research methodologies in African studies, with emphasis on field methods and archival research in the social sciences and humanities. Research methodologies are compared by studying recent works in African studies.

F&ES 658, Global Resources and the Environment
Faculty: Chadwick Oliver              
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 – 10:20AM
Where: TBA
Students first learn the global distribution of resources—the amounts, importance, and causes of distribution, and potential changes of soils, water, biodiversity, human societies, energy sources, climates, agriculture, forests and forest products, minerals, and disturbances. They also learn how to analyze and interpret data on global resource distributions. Secondly, they gain an understanding of the value of multiple-country trading of resources. Thirdly, they gain an understanding of the many mechanisms that facilitate such exchanges, including policies and treaties; business, markets, trading partners, and economics; "good will"; social "taboos"; force; news media; philanthropy; skillful negotiations; cultural/social affiliation; technologies; shared infrastructures; and others. Four teaching methods are used: lectures on the different resources and policy mechanisms; analytical exercises for understanding how to use and interpret international data—and its limitations; a class negotiation exercise for learning the uses of international trade; and guest lectures by faculty and meetings with practitioners for learning the facilitation mechanisms. Three hours lecture; possible field trips.

HIST 930/HSHM 701/AMST 878, Problems in the History of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty: John Warner
When: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:20PM
Where: TBA
An examination of the variety of approaches to the social and cultural history of medicine and public health. Readings are drawn from recent literature in the field, sampling writing on health care, illness experiences, and medical cultures in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa from antiquity to the twentieth century. Topics include the role of gender, class, ethnicity, race, religion, and region in the experience of health care and sickness; the intersection of lay and professional understandings of the body; and the role of the marketplace in shaping professional identities and patient expectations.

HIST 911/HSHM 447/HSHM 680/HIST 379, History of Chinese Science
Faculty: William Summers
When: Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20PM
Where: TBA
A study of the major themes in Chinese scientific thinking from antiquity to the twentieth century. Emphasis on non-Western concepts of nature and the development of science in China, East-West scientific exchanges, and China's role in modern science.