EPI 231. Readings in Global Health
Global Health has emerged as a distinctive field in the last two decades, replacing older conceptions of International Health, Geographic Medicine, and Tropical Medicine. While many of the core concerns of Global Health build on prior work in infectious diseases and maternal and child health, new pandemics of chronic diseases are a substantial and growing burden in an aging and urbanized populations worldwide. New global threats, such as the health effects of climate change, have emerged. Fresh approaches to research on infectious and non-communicable disease, as well as on health services are now required. Health Systems are pressed to design appropriate architectures for disease prevention and to enable affordable and accessible treatment. A globalized world casts new light on the training and deployment of the health workforce and compels fresh thinking about global governance for disease control and promotion of health.
Notes: The seminar-style course is based around a series of review articles in the New England journal of Medicine. Students will make a brief presentation on each review using a structured set of questions and lead discussion in class.