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Introduction to Global Health
Course: ASB100

First Term: 2011 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: The study of human health patterns at an international and local scale. Focus on pressing global health challenges that the world faces today are examined from a broad social, ecological, and cultural context.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify global health challenges. (I)
2. Identify and explain the major health transitions in human history, and their relevance to contemporary health. (II)
3. Identify health systems around the world. (III)
4. Define political and cultural issues pertaining to health around the world. (IV)
5. Describe and compare among various countries basic data pertaining to global data on disease, culture, and demography. (V)
6. Describe and compare major health challenges, including the structure of diverse health and medical systems, and appraise their health consequences. (VI, VII)
7. Apply a cross-cultural, comparative perspective to identifying and integrating the cultural, political, and economic factors that structure the health of populations and individuals. (VIII, IX)
8. Identify the current status of global health and future responsibilities. (X)
9. Describe patterns of subsistence and economy in different cultures. (IX)
10. Analyze kinship patterns, and explain how they relate to family and marriage. (X)
11. Explain how cultures develop laws and political systems and how they deal with conflict. (XI)
12. Describe how religion fits into different cultural settings. (XII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction to Course: Global Health Challenges
   A. Key definitions
   B. International health
   C. Global health
   D. Ongoing challenges and dilemmas in international health
II. Historical Origins of Global Health
A. Antecedents of modern international health
   B. Industrialization and the emergence of modern public health
III. Health Systems Across the World
   A. World health organization
   B. United Nations-affiliated programs
   C. Government aid agencies
   D. Non-government organizations
   E. Schools of Public Health
IV. Political and Cultural Issues Pertaining to Health and Development
   A. Urbanization and health
   B. Aging and dependency in global populations
   C. Population growth and policies
   D. Gender and health
   E. Health as a human right
V. Data on Health-What We Know, What We Need to Know
   A. Global data on disease
      1. HIV/AIDS
      2. Tuberculosis and influenza
      3. Malaria, dengue, and yellow fever
      4. Parasites, asthma, and obesity
      5. Other diseases, conditions, and risk indicators
   B. Demography and population
   C. Income and the economy
   D. Programs, funding, and financing
VI. Societal Determinants of Health and Social Inequalities in Health
   A. Health and wealth
   B. Nutritional anthropology
   C. Anthropological perspectives of aging and dying
VII. Major Health Challenges
   A. Communicable diseases
   B. Parasites, asthma, obesity
   C. Influenza and tuberculosis
   D. Dengue, malaria, and yellow fever
   F. Other examples
VIII. Global Health Issues
   A. Social determinants of health
   B. Social inequalities in health
   C. Disease surveillance and outbreak
   D. Nutrition, malnutrition, and infectious disease
   E. Vaccines
IX. Culture, Economy, Environment and Health
   A. Gender
   B. Immigration
   C. Cultural perspectives
   D. Globalization, trade, work, and health
   E. Health and environment
   F. Economics of health
X. Current Status-Global Health Research Around the World
   A. Understanding and organizing health care systems
   B. Toward healthy societies: from ideas to action
   C. Doing international health
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/28/2011

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