Courses Offered in 2016-2017

Population & Global Health Courses

This course aims to provide the students with wider perspectives on the global nature of public health issues across different domains including health, policies, and natural disasters. Students should expect to gain awareness of issues in global human health and security, to interpret the reasons for health changes, to obtain skills in accessing and analyzing health situations in different countries, and many more. There is a limit to the class size so intake is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The purpose of this class is to examine child and adolescent health in developed and developing countries. Biomedical, socio-medical, behavioral, economic and political factors affecting child and teen health will be systematically explored. Health services and health education for children and adolescents will also be addressed.

Disaster and Humanitarian Responses are crucial elements in public health practices in the global community. Humanitarian relief actions often highlight the importance of preparedness, training and multidisciplinary response actions. This course will offer participants an overview of public health and medical implication of disasters and humanitarian crisis. It discusses health needs assessments and post-disaster evaluation. It aims to show how public health principles may be applied in disaster relief and health-related humanitarian actions.

In a crisis, every word counts. The need to communicate risks as accurate as possible in a timely manner arises as much from public expectation as professional need. Communication not only helps build resilience of the community but also prevent disease, disability and death, and restore dignity of the people facing disasters. This course offers theoretical and practical framework of effective advocacy and emergency risk communication in an evolving media landscape, and covers cases ranging from outbreaks to natural disasters in humanitarian settings.

This course aims at providing an overview of the interconnections between health and human security in the context of globalization and forced migration from many causes. Specifically, the course will examine how the changing humanitarian and human security landscape, for instance the current context of conflict, brought the two fields closer together and the challenges presented for human security and global health. On top of classroom tutorials and lectures, this course provides series of seminars offered by speakers in the field of disaster and humanitarian crisis to allow students to follow contemporary topics in this area. Prerequisite: POPG5001 recommended

Participants will receive technical training in research study to address public health needs of populations affected by catastrophic events and in resource-poor settings. On completing the course, the participants will understand the principles of planning, implementing, and disseminating research in the context of disaster and humanitarian settings. It aims to show how public health and research principles can be applied. Prerequisite: EPID5001; Recommended: POPG5006 and BIOS5001

The practicum aims at providing a unique opportunity for students to gain familiarity with public health practice. Practicum experience allows students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they learned through coursework and prior experiences in a public health environment. Students are required to complete an approved public health practice related practicum (single or combined experience) in a variety of settings including governmental and nongovernmental health agencies, academic institutions, or community settings under the supervision of site administrators (mentors/ practicum supervisors) and the guidance from the School of Public Health and Primary Care. Important Note * Pre-requisite: PBHT5000/ POPG5001 ** Class enrollment: Max 12 students for Field trip (credit bearing); Max 40 students Sit-in ONLY for Lectures. *** Enrollment priority will be given to students who as i) Chosen MPH Practicum based Capstone project (PT Yr2 & FT) ii) Already taken POPG5001 Global Health iii) Selected “Population and Global Health” as concentration *** Enrolled students are expected to pay for their own travel expenses

This qualitative methods course will introduce students to the topical issues related to conducting qualitative research and allow for some hands-on exposure to the methods of data collection and analysis used in this methodology. Students will be able to understand and apply the skills of conducting qualitative research, data coding, and interpretation in the analytical process.

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