Public Health in International Context
Full course description
A look at questions of public health and health care from an international perspective reveals two basic realities: globalization and tradition. As the world globalizes, health threats and opportunities are also becoming more global. However, this trend coexists with a more traditional reality. Namely, as we look internationally, we see an enormous diversity in health status—and even in definitions of health and understandings of how it is best pursued—among the many cultures of the world.
This module is designed to give students insight into both basic realities, and hence the module’s name: Public Health in International Context. In this module, we will explore how travel, migration, and climate change are giving rise to a new context in which infectious disease and other health threats are viewed. Further, we will consider the opportunities and barriers created by international cultural diversity for health care and public health activity.
The module covers four weeks and each week focuses on one particular theme. There are five set themes:1) Global health epidemiology and data sources, 2) Transnational health governance and development and 3) Mental health 4) Tobacco, and 5) Climate change. There is one open theme for which several seminar sessions will be organized together with and around the expertise of an international guest speaker who will visit us during the module.
In a group of approximately 6 students you will also conduct research mainly based on existing literature into one major public health problem at the international level (such as HIV, malaria or tuberculosis). You will report the results of this analysis in a group paper.
The basic literature that will be used in this module is: • Birn, A., Pillay, Y. and T. Holtz (2009). Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World. New York: Oxford University Press. • Buse, K., Mays, N., and G. Walt (2005). Making Health Policy. Maidenhead: Open University Press. • Detels, R., Gulliford, M., & Karim Q. A. (Eds.) (2015). Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Additional literature will be provided for each task and will be made available through the Reference list.