Reviews links between health conditions and socioeconomic development in low-income countries and trends in health and development indicators; socio-economic determinants of health, including poverty and income, education, nutrition, fertility, and culture and behavior; impact of globalization in terms of neo-liberal policies, trade and capital flows and the urbanization and their growth of the informal economy; examines the effects of health changes on economic growth and development.
This course is designed for individuals with a strong quantitative background that are interested in the scientific, policy, design and management aspects of clinical trials. Topics include types of clinical research, bias and random error, study design, ethics treatment allocation, randomization and stratification, quality control, power and sample size, group sequential monitoring, cross-over designs and meta-analysis.
This course will provide students with the background, knowledge, and experience needed to create different types of sexual health promotion interventions for diverse populations in multiple setting. Students will explore socio-ecological factors that influence the sexual health of diverse populations, and learn how to develop/implement theory-based and culturally-appropriate interventions.
Students in this course will analyze mental health policies in the U.S. The class will meet once a week and have an interactive seminar format. We will approach various topics from both descriptive and analytical perspectives. Examples of topics include mental health insurance parity, the integration of mental health services and other health services, delivery of services in schools, delivery of services in prisons, and incentives influencing the balance between medication and therapy.
This course analyzes the US policy process in relation to US healthcare and public health systems. We explore how conditions within society are framed as problems, how problems are placed on political agendas, how problems get matched with potential solutions, and pay attention to the challenges of implementation and evaluation.
Biostatistical analysis provides the means to identify and verify patterns in this data and to interpret the findings in a public health context. In this course, students will learn the basic steps in analyzing public health data, from initial study design to exploratory data analysis to inferential statistics. Specifically, we will cover descriptive statistics and graphical representations of univariate and multivariate data, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, analysis of contingency tables, and simple and multiple linear regression.
This course will consider how population research can contribute to developing evidence relevant to advancing human rights. The ability to generate and interpret evidence is critical to addressing human rights abuses both in the courts and through the development of national and multilateral policies. Through evidence takes a number of forms and demands a variety of fields of expertise, the skills unique to public health and health research expand the scope of inquiry greatly. Human rights are not an individual phenomenon. They are held at a largely individual level, but in reality, be
This course examines the principles and applications of epigenetics and epigenomics as they relate to human nutrition, environmental exposures and disease etiology. Lectures will address epigenetic mechanisms, environmental epigenomics, and policy implications. Examples and case studies will evaluate these processes using both animal and human examples drawn from the primary literature. Students will also be introduced to current laboratory methods and emerging technologies for examining epigenetics and epigenomics.
This course is designed for students with biology or genetics background, that are interested in understanding genetics in public health. This course will provide an in depth examination of genetics in public health including newborn screening diseases and practices, fundamentals of population genetics, and the genetics of common chronic diseases
The American pursuit in making its health care system more equitable, effective, and efficient has largely been based on domestic health services research and policy analysis. Although the health care system in each nation is somewhat unique to its culture and history, the issues each faces are remarkably similar. Nations can learn a lot from one another in meeting these challenges. This course examines health care systems in approximately eight developed and developing nations (e.g., United States, Germany, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Mexico, and Kenya). In particular, compar