Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2024



Course Number

DIPL 6277

Course Description

This course is an interdisciplinary survey that focuses on the issues of global health security. As shown in the COVID-19 pandemic, international trade and travel threaten epidemics by transporting and spreading infectious disease globally at jet speed. The growing risk of exposure to infectious diseases, coupled with the threat of intentional release of dangerous pathogens, creates a situation in which health and security are interacting with greater frequency and intensity. This development parallels efforts to redefine the concept of security to encompass new global challenges such as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). To what extent does health fit this new security agenda? What are the major linkages between health and security? Should NCDs be framed as problems that demand response from the national security community? How does the “securitization of health” shape the governance of particular health issues? Conversely, how do the discussions and debates on health security transform our understanding of security or insecurity in the contemporary world? In order to address these questions, it is important to familiarize key concepts, theories, and debates involved in the study of global health security.