MED 712 - SRCC-Introduction to Global Public Health
 
(0 cr.) From the Declaration of Alma-Ata to the Millennium Development Goals, there have been more than 30 years of good will but limited accomplishment in bringing health to all. Health is an essential human right, but much of the world's poor still do not have access to the most basic public health services. This is best illustrated in Africa where there is the double burden of poverty and communicable disease. The failure to provide equitable health and the emergence of new infectious diseases with pandemic potential also threaten world security. Introduction to Global Public Health will explore what is meant by global health, how health is measured and what are the major conditions that particularly affect the poor. The course will begin with an overview of the topic and review basic principles of public health. It will then consider the major global communicable diseases, e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, maternal-child health, as well as provide an overview of non-communicable conditions. After defining the problems, strategies in the control of disease and achieving global health will be explored.
 
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