HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and diarrheal disease are the four biggest contributors to the burden of disease in sub-Saharan Africa and represent a serious constraint on economic growth. They kill nearly 4 million African adults and children annually. Readings from the public health, economic and medical literature will focus on the main debates surrounding policy interventions to combat these diseases. The class will examine and evaluate the evidence on the nature of these diseases and the effectiveness of current interventions in Africa and other parts of the developing world. Thro
Consumer health informatics (CHI) is a rapidly-expanding area of informatics practice, with career opportunities emerging in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Broadly, the field aims to give individual health care consumers, as well as their families and communities, the information and tools that they need to help them become more involved in their health and health care. In this course, students will become familiar with a range of CHI applications, including the needs/problems that the applications address, their theoretical bases, and their designs.
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major issues of public health in the United States, although issues of global health will be considered as well. We will examine environmental, social and ethic determinants of public health, and how they may be altered.
Introduction to diseases and transmission characteristics, and the descriptive epidemiology of infectious agents. This course will help students to understand the theoretical basis of pathogen transmission and what factors determine patterns of disease occurrence. Students will learn how to apply this understanding to disease prevention and control.
The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of reproductive health, in the USA and internationally. The course will introduce students to historical trends in the global burden of reproductive ill-health, the social ecology of reproductive risk, clinical health practice, and current controversies in policy and practice. Through a comparative look at reproductive health needs (e.g.
Advances in genetics and genomics research are rapidly presenting both great opportunities and complex challenges for public health. In order for the potential benefits of genetic research to be realized (and unintended harms minimized), numerous issues relevant to health behavior and health education (HBHE) will need to be addressed.
This course covers relational database theory and database-web systems with applications to health care. The students are expected to develop a working knowledge of design, implementation, administration and maintenance of small to medium relational database systems. The students will also be exposed to current technology for deployment, use and administration of relational databases through the Internet.
Demography, defined as the scientific study of human populations, is often of fundamental importance to policy design. This course provides a formal treatment of core population topics in the context of public policy with an emphasis on public health. We will cover the determinants of health in large population, social inequalities, migration, fertility, and population aging. The course will take a case-based format and will consist of formal lectures and group activities.
Vaccines represent the most cost-effective medical intervention and vaccination has contributed significantly to the morbidity and mortality reduction and population growth. This course introduces an essential knowledge of vaccinology. It covers the epidemiological, statistical, biological, microbiologic, immunological, genomics, and genetic principles and methods used in vaccine development and immunization program design. The course also introduces students to the traditional and modern approaches and general procedures for new vaccine development and licensure.
This is a one-credit module on economic evaluation. The prupose is to give students experience analyzing health management and health policy issues using economic tools. It focuses on the use of cost effectiveness analysis to inform decisions about improving health, and covers a number of related analytical tools such as cost benefit analysis. The main goal is for students to understand when cost effectiveness analysis and related tools are appropriate and how to apply them in practice to a broad range of health issues.