The mission of the focus in Global Health is to train and prepare the next generation of public health professionals engaged in tackling global health issues. These courses will train professionals in the disciplines and perspectives necessary to contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies at the local, national, regional, and international levels that will improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low and middle income settings abroad and within the United States.
Goals of Global Health
The goals of the Global Health focus are to prepare students to assess the burden and determinants of health problems in an underserved low or middle-income population. Students will be able to assess and evaluate the relevant policy issues appropriate to addressing these health problems using a multidisciplinary approach.
Global Health Degrees
Students that are interested in a global health degree should explore the global health focus area offered through the online Master of Public Health program, MPH@GW.
Global Health Careers
Graduates with a focus in global health are working for international agencies such as the World Health Organization, USAID, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PubH 6099: Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
This course has been designed to give students a practical overview of key sexual and reproductive health challenges in low- and middle-income countries and insight into how to design and measure programs to address those challenges (namely family planning, abortion, maternal health and gender-based violence). We have developed the course from the perspective of applied researchers working within an organization that implements sexual and reproductive health programs and services. The course is structured in three sections. Section 1 provides an overview of sexual and reproductive health conditions relevant for low- and middle-income countries. Section 2 discusses intervention strategies appropriate to these sexual and reproductive challenges. The final section covers monitoring and evaluation approaches to assess program effectiveness and impact in this field. Reading and coursework will provide students with practical tools to design and measure their own program strategies. Students will complete a series of assignments building to a final project proposal designed to address a specific sexual and reproductive health problem in a county of their choosing. These assignments will make use of foundational skills developed in previous MPH@GW coursework identified in the course prerequisites.
PubH 6099: Researching Violence Against Women and Girls
This course will provide a detailed overview of the intersection of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and public health, given the demonstrated and significant impact that violence has on the health of the survivor, her current and future children, and communities. Through readings, lectures and assignments, students will become acquainted with the set of rigorous methods and best practices for conducting applied research on VAWG. The course draws from Researching Violence Against Women: A Practical Guide for Researchers and Activists (Ellsberg & Heise, 2005), which was crafted by the collective experiences and insights of many international researchers and advocates. The class will build on methods learned in other public health courses and will cover ethics, qualitative and quantitative research design, and monitoring and evaluation interventions specific to VAWG, culminating in the development of a full research proposal. After completing the course, students will be able to conduct research that is fully grounded in the principles of scientific inquiry and generate knowledge that can be used for social change.
PubH 6430, Global Health Communication Interventions
This seminar provides students a foundation in key behavior change and communication theories relevant to global health communication interventions. Case studies in lectures and readings illustrate the application of theory in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health communication programs. Skills attained will enable students to apply theory to public health practice within a global context. In addition, students will practice essential communication skills for public health practice.
PubH 6514, Preventing Health Disparities
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how social, political, and economic factors contribute to disparities (e.g., racial/ ethnic, gender, geographical) in health and health care and how to use evidence-based approaches to prevent or address health disparities. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand, define, measure, and develop methods to address health and health care disparities. This course will review theoretical frameworks and methodological tools for students to conduct research and develop interventions to reduce health disparities. The main objectives for this course include examining personal attitudes, acquiring knowledge, and gaining the skills to evaluate, discuss, and develop the programs/interventions/policies designed to prevent or address disparities in health and health care.
PubH 6399, Global Health Diplomacy
This course introduces students to the concept of Global Health Diplomacy, starting with historical case studies of how diplomacy has been used to advance health agendas, and conversely, how health issues have been used to improve diplomatic relations between countries. We introduce students to formal health diplomacy, multi-stakeholder health diplomacy and informal health diplomacy, and provide comparative studies of how different countries have devised health diplomacy strategies. This course will challenge students to read and interpret health related agreements, negotiate a position, and assess the policy context while trying to advance a health agenda.
PubH 6121, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Epidemiologic methods for the study of environmental and occupational health problems. Epidemiologic exposure assessment methods and methods relevant to cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, and cluster investigation studies. Sources of and evaluation of biases and confounding, as well as survey and questionnaire design.
PubH 6133, Social Dimensions of Climate Change & Health
Explore the drivers of climate change and outcomes with particular focus on health dimensions. Will address drivers, obstacles, vulnerabilities, inequality and adaptation as well as technical and social solutions.
Electives are typically offered every other term. Some electives are offered in Spring 1/Summer terms, while others are offered in Spring 2/Fall terms.