This course introduces and examines major health & health-related challenges of developing, resource-constrained and emerging nations, and discusses how individual countries and global health partners are finding solutions to address these challenges. Students will study and analyze a variety of health priorities among different populations, cultural settings and health systems in relation to global health goals and partnerships.
Global health as an area of study has grown tremendously in recent years. Formerly the primary focus in international health of industrialized nations was to assist ‘poor’ countries address their health care challenges. Today, there is a new range of global health threats and challenges with implications far beyond national boundaries. As advances in medicine and public health increase life expectancy in countries throughout the world, all populations increasingly share common risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancers, mental and neurological illness in addition to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Global Health reflects the notion of shared health problems as well as shared health solutions. Indeed, issues of global health are interconnected with the most demanding cultural, socio-economic, physical and biological stressors of our time. These issues lie at the nexus of achieving and sustaining social, human and economic development, and health equity requiring the best of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary methods and evidence-based strategies, including vigilance in cultural competence.