Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2011



Course Number

DIPL 6280

Course Description

This course introduces students to the multidimensional aspects and underlying values of international health and epidemiological, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of health and disease.

This course will help students learn:

To enhance their understanding of evidence on health and development

Recognize channels of influence from Disease to Economic Development

To develop skills in analyzing health situations and possibilities for intervention

The contents of health problems, policies, and practices in developing countries and the multiple perspectives of actors will be elucidated and addressed in readings, class presentations and discussions, several role-play exercises in class, an individual briefing paper, a proposal for an NGO health project, and a take-home examination at the end of the course. Topics and required readings for each session are set out below, along with annotations on selected readings. Optional reference readings are included, for those interested in further study on each topic, along with a general reference list at the end of the syllabus.

The course will take place within the general framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000.

The instructor will let the students know more information about an office when the semester begins and the instructor is available to meet with students upon request, preferably before class; exchanges by e-mail are encouraged.