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Global Health Courses

Drexel offers many course each term related to global health. Check out all of the course descriptions in the Drexel Catalog. Below is a list of select course offerings.

Through global health classes you will learn to see the connections between health challenges in our city and health challenges all over the world: learn locally and apply globally, learn globally and apply locally.

Please note that certain courses may not be offered every term. Certain classes may require prerequisites or have additional restrictions.

Community Health and Prevention

Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health
Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). This course covers MCH disparities in the developing world using a life course perspective. Course material includes three pedagogical principles. First, MCH issues outside the United States are sometimes very similar to domestic issues. Second, MCH issues in the developing world are sometimes drastically different than domestic issues. And, finally, case studies around the globe that MCH includes external factors beyond the individual level of the social ecological model. Emphasis will be placed not only on providing practice-based evidence of MCH disparities from around the world, but also evidence-based practice examples for prevention, intervention, and ultimately the reduction of global MCH disparities.

mHealth Methods & Applications
This course introduces concepts and methods in mobile health (mHealth) communication, including mobile and electronic data collection and analysis. mHealth strategies have an opportunity to uniquely engage participants and stakeholders, address complex barriers, and reach traditionally hard-to-reach and underserved populations by leveraging the mobile nature of established and emerging mobile and social media platforms. Course activities will help students answer the question: How can mobile technologies including smartphones, emerging wearable technologies, and social media platforms be utilized in health promotion and communication? Course activities will demonstrate how students can integrate, synthesize, and leverage mHealth platforms to promote and sustain healthful decisions and behaviors.

Immigration and Health
This course will provide an overview of the health issues experienced by immigrant and migrant populations, with emphasis on Latino im/migrants in the U.S. The course will cover theoretical frameworks to understand migration as a series of phases and to analyze the impact of individual, contextual, structural, and cultural determinants on im/migrants’ health across migration phases. Students will gain an understanding of migration and health theories, methodological approaches, and data sources to examine specific public health topics, such as health care access and utilization, HIV infection risk, and chronic disease prevention and control among immigrant and mobile populations. The course will also cover strategies and interventions to address the health needs of these populations.

Theory & Practice of CHP II
This course focuses on public health interventions, specifically how theory and research intersect in public health programming. It discusses individual and social theories of change to design interventions across several socio-ecological domains, from the intra-personal to the global level. Process evaluation and outcome assessment of interventions are covered.

Environmental and Occupational Health

Overview of Issues in Global Health
This introductory course will cover the major issues and considerations involved in global health. It is a survey course that is designed to familiarize students with the major topics in the global health. The goal of the course is to provide students with an overview of concepts such as the determinants of health, the measurements of health status and global burden of the disease.

The World’s Water
This course will discuss the approaches that may be taken to improve access to water and sanitation and improve public health. The course will also cover water remediation and safeguard techniques for the improvement of water quality, as well as gender and development perspectives.

Overview of Issues in Global Health
This introductory course will cover the major issues and considerations involved in global health. It is a survey course that is designed to familiarize students with the major health issues across the globe, including general concepts such as determinants of health, the measurements of health status, as well as demographic and other global trends and their impact on the global burden of the disease. The course will also address specific health issues that affect much of the world’s population such as communicable diseases, malnutrition, water and sanitation, chronic diseases, injuries and environmental health challenges, as well as the factors that threaten reproductive and child health.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Burden of Disease
The course will cover selected topics of the burden of disease with critical review of the current public health literature. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic concepts and methods of exploring risk factors and assessing the burden of disease at regional, national and global levels, through class lectures, discussion, and individual projects.

Outbreak Investigations
The emergence of new pathogens and drug resistance, as well as increased transmission opportunities caused by globalization has led to a rising prevalence of new infectious diseases as well as reemergence of older diseases. This course will focus on the surveillance, identification, control, and prevention of selected infectious diseases of Public Health importance both globally and within the United States. Specific areas that will be addressed include the causative agents, the routes of transmission, the host responses, environmental factors, unique risk factors, outbreak investigations, surveillance and strategies for control and prevention. We will incorporate the history of communicable disease control efforts where relevant and discuss the role of increased globalization in the spread of infectious diseases.

Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
This course examines the natural history, diagnosis, and surveillance of HIV and AIDS. While this is an epidemiology based course, the students will also learn the basic virology of HIV, including the life cycle and genetic diversity of the virus in order to more fully describe the epidemiology of the pandemic. In addition to learning about the biology and epidemiology of the pandemic we will also explore the social, cultural, economic and political issues surrounding the pandemic which can limit its control. Students will be responsible for reporting on a country of their choice, describing the history, epidemiology and methods of control utilized by that country.

Public Health Biology
This course is designed to introduce students to the biologic basis of the causes, natural history, and prevention of diseases of public health importance. An integrative perspective will be used to demonstrate the connection between exposures and cellular effects, disease processes in individuals, and population impacts. Coverage will include infectious disease transmission and prevention; cancer biology regarding etiology, prevention, and treatment; nutritional influences in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology
This course introduces epidemiological methods specific to infectious disease epidemiology within the context of the study of several major classes of infectious diseases with global impact on public health. Students will learn about techniques in outbreak investigations as well as surveillance and disease reporting. They will learn how biological characteristics of infectious diseases such as transmission and immunity alter the more familiar approaches to descriptive and analytic epidemiology developed in the chronic disease setting.

Cancer Epidemiology
This course will provide students with training in the methods and topics specific to the epidemiology of cancer. Students will learn about cancer surveillance, etiologic studies, therapy trials, and prevention/screening studies of cancer (and the occurrence of disease worldwide).

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention
Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease – A Global Challenge. Students review and discuss articles related CVD and diabetes epidemiology and prevention in both developing and developed countries. They also work with hypothesis-driven projects (team and/or individual) using data from the World Health Organization coordinated surveys to address health disparity across nations.

Health Management and Policy

Health Systems Policy Analysis: Comparative Health Systems
This course examines alternative approaches to the organization, delivery and financing of health services (both healthcare and public health) in national health systems, and to the reform of existing systems. Areas of focus include comparison of the structural components and reform history of a variety of health systems globally.