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Fall 2010-2011
GHP 350 / WWS 491 / ANT 491 (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., Partner to the Poor
Cueto, M., Cold War, Deadly Fevers: Malaria Eradication in Mexico
Biehl, J., Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival
Petryna, A., When Experiments Travel
Easterly, W., Reinventing Foreign Aid

Reading/Writing assignments:
A weekly 1-page summary of questions and comments that arise during readings (average 200 pp/week). A research paper (14-16 pg) on a well-defined topic of global health policy in consultation with instructors.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Quizzes - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

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

Reserved Seats:
Open to ANT Concentrators Only 9
GHP Certificate Students Only 39

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22252 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Friend Center   004   Enrolled:51 Limit:50 Closed