Case Studies in Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Teaching Fellow

Instructors:

Arthur Kleinman (Anthropology; Harvard Medical School), Paul E. Farmer (University Professor; Harvard Medical School; Harvard School of Public Health), Ann E. Becker (Harvard Medical School); Salmaan Keshavjee (Harvard Medical School).

Course Introduction: 

Examines, through lectures and case-based discussions, a collection of global health problems rooted in rapidly changing social structures that transcend national and other administrative boundaries. Students will explore case studies (addressing AIDS, tuberculosis, mental illness, and other topics) and a diverse literature (including epidemiology, anthropology, history, and clinical medicine), focusing on how a broad biosocial analysis might improve the delivery of services designed to lessen the burden of disease, especially among those living in poverty.