Widening inequality, enduring patterns of extraction, persistent power imbalances, and ongoing marginalization stand in stark opposition with the goals of global health and standard narratives of its triumphs. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional awareness to racial, economic, and other inequalities within and between societies, and also has raised questions about why so much unfairness endures. This course engages and interrogates colonialism and its sequelae as major causes of current problems, aiming to define and advance...
Policymakers and planners design health and nutrition programs with their best intentions in mind. Yet often programs fail to deliver what was intended. This is why evaluation is so important. This course provides an introduction to the evaluation of large-scale programs aimed at improving health and/or nutrition status of whole populations, rather than individual subjects. The emphasis of the course is on global health and on low and middle-income countries, although the methodological approach will...
Extraordinary changes in the world present both risks and opportunities to health—unprecedented interconnections across borders, rapidly shifting global demographics, and changing patterns of diseases and injuries. This course will challenge your assumptions about the world’s populations as you discover surprising similarities and unexpected differences between and within countries. By first positioning the concept of health as a fundamental prerequisite for building strong societies, we will explore its connection to human...
Researchers, implementers, and patients generate more and more data in health sciences each day. Decisions that affect resource allocation, care provision, and ultimately population health and welfare are dependent on the quality of these data. The focus of this course is on producing high-quality, reproducible, and useable datasets. Topics include survey measurement and design, principles of data collection, quality assurance, and data sharing and reporting. Through the course, students will develop a data management plan, create...
This course is intended as a broad survey of the main facts, issues, perspectives, methods, results, and conclusions in the areas of global health and population. It is organized into three blocks. The first block deals with theory, methods, and evidence related to the state of global health and population and reviews salient population and health issues, both past and present. The focus is on patterns and trends in morbidity, mortality, fertility, and reproductive health, as well as the size, structure, and growth of...Read more about Foundations of Global Health and Population
This course provides an overview of the microeconomic theories and concepts most relevant for understanding health and development. Each work of the course will cover basic concepts in economics with an application to health. It describes how the markets for health and health services are different from other goods, with a particular emphasis on the role of government and market failure. In addition it discusses the theoretical and empirical aspects of key health economics issues, including the demand for health and...Read more about Introduction to Economics with Applications to Health and Development
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jessicaleecohenStunning descriptive paper/visuals on delays in reaching care for obstetric emergencies and maternal/perinatal mortality in Sierra Leone. So much maternal + perinatal mortality from weak referral systems.
annadgageWhat are the potential mortality benefits of service delivery redesign for maternal and neonatal health?
We find that areas with higher hospital delivery (rather than lower level facilities) have lower neonatal mortality, especially in South Asia and in urban areas. t.co/tBJdLZEB6ct.co/wPyPAUgw7R