Global Health

The Department of Global Health offers diverse programs of study that prepare students to make a difference in the health of individuals and communities around the world. With three fields of study, a joint program with the department of Environmental and Occupational Health, a newly revised joint program managed in conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, several joint degree programs with other GW schools, and more than 20 international practicum opportunities, students have a wealth of opportunities to examine global health concepts and conduct interdisciplinary research. 

Professors M.C. Ellsberg, J.M. Sherry, L. Simonsen (Research), C. Santos-Burgoa, J.M. Tielsch (Chair), R.J. Waldman

Associate Professors S. Baird, J.F. Sandberg, P. Vigilance

Assistant Professors U. Colon-Ramos, C. Huang, S. Mookherji, K. Ndiaye, A. Roess, E. Uretsky

Adjunct Instructors K. Gamble-Payne, E.A. Migliaccio

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

PUBH 2115. Health, Human Rights, and Displaced Persons. 3 Credits.

Concepts of health as a human right, ethics, and the participation of the international community in moving toward health for all. Civil and international conflict in the generation of displaced populations.

PUBH 2116. Global Delivery of Health Systems. 3 Credits.

Introduction to health systems and the basic concepts of health systems administration and financing and health care reform with examples from advanced, middle income, and poor countries.

PUBH 3133. Global Health and Development. 3 Credits.

Basic concepts of political, social, and economic determinants of health and how health status is measured; burden of diseases that impact development and their basic epidemiological characteristics including who they affect, when they occur, and where risk is greatest; relationships between socioeconomic development and global health can be observed, measured, and used for the management of health programs. Material are global in coverage, but with a strong emphasis on low-income countries. Students must have junior or senior standing. Prerequisites: BISC 1005, BISC 1111 and PUBH 2110.

PUBH 6400. Global Health Frameworks. 2 Credits.

Overview of current issues in global public health with particular emphasis on low and middle-income countries. Serves as both an introductory course for students entering the field of global health, as well as an update on current technical and policy issues for advanced students who may have considerable experience.

PUBH 6401. Comp Regional Determinants. 2 Credits.

Examines the set of social, cultural and economic issues most central to shaping health in each of the world’s main regions. Overseas Learning Collaboration program in Bangladesh. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400. Fee varies by year.

PUBH 6402. Washington Seminar. 2 Credits.

This seminar course will provide an overview of global health policy and practice institutional resources in Washington DC. Students gain an understanding of how global health issues are framed, presented and biased in a multi-institutional setting. This is a collaborative learning exercise where simple web based tools will be used to develop a virtual classroom of the current global health policy and practice dialogue among Washington DC based governmental, multilateral, NGO, private sector and policy institutes.

PUBH 6403. Scientific Basis GH Intervntn. 2 Credits.

Introduces the scientific basis of global health interventions and how they address proximal and underlying determinants of health. Successful students will obtain a strong technical grounding in the determinants, biology and pathogenesis of specific diseases, for which affordable tools for prevention, control, and case management exist and are in use in public health practice.

PUBH 6410. Global Health Study Design. 2 Credits.

A foundation in the tools necessary for planning and designing research related to identifying and solving problems in global health: choosing an appropriate research topic and research question, understanding the relationships between hypotheses and study objectives, conducting a literature review, choosing a research design to achieve the project purpose, writing a research proposal including planning for the challenges of global health research, and achieving productive dissemination of findings.

PUBH 6411. Global Health Qualitative Research Methods. 2 Credits.

An introduction to qualitative data collection and analysis in global health settings. Methodologies include survey design, interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. Archival research and clinical trial research are also addressed. The set of methods most commonly used to collect qualitative data in global health settings. Students are enabled to prepare interview guides, conduct in-depth interviews, and analyze and document the results from a qualitative field project. Prerequisites: PUBH 6002 and PUBH 6410.

PUBH 6412. Global Health Quantitative Research Methods. 3 Credits.

Continuation of the series of global health methods courses. Examination of the fundamental concepts of empirical analysis and qualitative analysis, including open and axial coding, the basis of grounded theory, and regression analysis. Prerequisites: PUBH 6002 and PUBH 6410.

PUBH 6430. Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions. 2 Credits.

Use of communication theory and methods in health promotion. Integration of multidisciplinary approaches to public health communication. Prerequisite: PUBH 6007, PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6431. Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills. 3 Credits.

Students conduct qualitative research to evaluate health communication programs, assess readability level and suitability of written health education materials, conduct content analyses, and review/critique current health communication literature. Prerequisites: PUBH 6430-Theories and Applications in Global Health Promotion (unless waived by professor) PUBH 6007- Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health.

PUBH 6435. Global Health Program Development and Implementation. 2 Credits.

Basic concepts and principles of program development and implementation including data collection methods, decision making, and problem-solving techniques. Application of program development techniques to specific interventions. Prerequisites: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6436. Global Health Program Management and Leadership. 2 Credits.

Essential tools for successful project, personnel, and program management. Leadership and management theory; key issues in managing global health programs and projects; leadership and management skills development; use of data in management decision making; and importance of quality, supply chain, and resource management. Restricted to MPH in the field of global health program design, monitoring, and evaluation degree candidates. Prerequisites: PUBH 6400, PUBH 6400, and PUBH 6435.

PUBH 6437. Global Health Program Evaluation. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of program monitoring and evaluation; developing and using program theory in evaluation; impact evaluation and mixed-methods approaches; qualitative methods and statistical analysis for program evaluation. Prerequisites: PUBH 6002.

PUBH 6440. Global Health Economics and Finance. 2 Credits.

Examination of economics and finance principles as they apply to global health. Organization, delivery, and financing of health care in developing countries. Tools for analyzing issues related to global health economics and finance and application of those tools to a variety of a global health issues, including demand for health care, health care financing, social insurance, pharmaceuticals, and HIV/AIDS. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6441. Global Health Organizations and Regulations. 3 Credits.

The functions, capacities, and governance of international health organizations; the normative power of some international health organizations for regulatory processes; and evidence-based development of public health policies with attention to issues of global trade as it shapes worldwide and national health. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6442. Comparative Global Health Systems. 2 Credits.

Examination of national health systems, how they differ, and how they are performing. Health systems analyzed through four different lenses: health care organizations, health workforce development, health care financing, and health policy development. Comparison of health systems and health reforms in seven regions of the world and assessment of how health system performance might be improved. Course fee may apply. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6443. Global Health Agreements and Conventions. 2 Credits.

Explores the impact of regulations, trade and human rights on health by examining the relevant international declarations, agreements and conventions. This course will examine a variety of topics including the impact of international trade agreements on health, the International Health Regulations and other regulations affecting global health, and the relationship between health and human rights. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6480. Public Health in Complex Emergencies. 2 Credits.

Analyze security institutions, vulnerable groups, humanitarian operations and natural disasters and global security, the impact of global health threats such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, avian flu, tuberculosis and malaria on security institutions, vulnerable populations, civil/military cooperation, and humanitarian operations. Also explore the potential value of various institutions in mitigating global health threats and responding to humanitarian emergencies. Examine a range of scientific, policy, and program interventions designed to address these issues. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6481. Global Mental Health. 2 Credits.

Focus on global mental health knowledge and public health policy implementation skills regarding the integration of mental health, public health, and primary care in diverse health systems and challenging cultural contexts. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6482. International Food and Nutrition Policy. 2 Credits.

Major global food and nutrition issues, their determinants, and the strategies that in place to address them. Students identify major nutrition and food challenges in a country or region as well as the policies and programs that have proven successful in addressing those challenges. Prerequisite: PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6484. Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases. 2 Credits.

Study of insects and other vectors responsible for transmission of diseases in developing countries, including plague, malaria, dengue fever, onchocerciasis (river blindness), and chikungunya virus. Special focus on developing countries, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme disease in the United States and elsewhere are also addressed. New methods for effective management and control.

PUBH 6485. Prevention and Control of Water and Sanitation Diseases. 1 Credit.

Problems associated with providing adequate water and sanitation in developing countries; infectious diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid. Innovative tools and solutions for improving water supply and sanitation.

PUBH 6492. Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases. 2 Credits.

Concepts, methods, and tools to address chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs); global public health and development dimension of NCDs, their epidemiology and risks, and health systems approaches for their control with focus on low- and middle-income countries. Prerequisites: PUBH 6002, PUBH 6003 and PUBH 6400.

PUBH 6499. Topics in Global Health. 1-3 Credits.

Examination of a particular facet of public health. Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit provided topic differs. See the Schedule of Classes for more details.