Fall 2009 Course Description

Topics in Global Policy Studies

Section Title: Global Public Health
Instructor(s): Joshua Busby
Course: P A 188G - Topics in Global Policy Studies
Unique Number: 63040
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.360
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Notes: Class meets 8/26 - 9/23/09

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This short five week course will introduce students to major aspect of global public health from the perspective of a political scientist. We review historic attempts to deal with transnational health problems in the aftermath of World War II, including action international organizations like the World Health Organization and by private sector actors like the Rotary Club and the Carter Center. We will look at the emergent response to global health crises from the mid 1990s on, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. We will also look at the challenges to this effort, including the problems of strengthening public health systems and disease prevention. The course will examine emergent challenges for global health response from potentially quickly dispersing infectious diseases like SARS and bird flu. Finally, we will look at the role of new actors in the global health arena such as the Gates Foundation.

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