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Fall 2013-2014
GHP 350 / WWS 380 / ANT 380 (SA)   na, npdf

Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Health Policy

João Biehl

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course identifies the main actors, institutions, knowledge and values at work in the field of global health, and explores the environmental, social, political, and economic factors that shape patterns and variations in disease and health across societies. Topics include: technology and public health; development and the governance of disease; human rights and social justice; the shifting role of states, civil society, and public-private partnerships in health care delivery. Students are encouraged to think creatively about health problems and to envision innovative and effective interventions.

Sample reading list:
Farmer, P., Haiti After the Earthquake
Cueto, M., Cold War, Deadly Fevers: Malaria Eradication in Mexico
Henderson, D.A., Smallpox, the Death of a Disease
Birn, A-E et. al., Textbook of International Health
Biehl, J. and Petryna, A., When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health

Reading/Writing assignments:
A weekly 1-page summary of questions and comments that arise during readings (average 200 pp/week). A research paper (10-12 pg) on a well-defined topic of global health policy in consultation with instructors.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
This course is required for GHP concentrators

Reserved Seats:
Open to ANT Concentrators Only 10
GHP Certificate Students Only 65

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22804 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Lewis Library   138   Enrolled:65 Limit:75
P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Wallace Hall   366   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
P05 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   Robertson Hall   029   Enrolled:16 Limit:15
23315 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled