Introduction to Global Health – HLTH 620

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course introduces the student to global health priorities and the roles of institutional players in resolving the issues. Multiple determinants of health such as economic, environmental, biological and cultural are addressed with an emphasis on the health needs of lesser economically developed nations.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The student will be exposed to the inter-relatedness of global health issues, as well as the complexities of his/her challenges. This course will be helpful for those wishing to serve in the global health context, as well as those interested in increasing their awareness of global health challenges. This course provides a foundation for further global health studies.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major health issues in global health, the burden of diseases, and socio-economic determinants of health.
  2. Describe health systems in the global context.
  3. Enumerate the key agencies and organizations involved in global health concerns.
  4. Describe key components of successful global health programs.
  5. Assess global health problems.
  6. Recommend possible solutions to global health problems.
  7. Evaluate cultural and religious aspects related to global health.
  8. Evaluate one’s Christian responsibility to global health issues.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Case Study Reviews (2)

The student will review the major points of a case study or special topic. The student is expected to provide suggestions to address the problem in the case study or special topic. Case Study Review 1 assignment must be 450–600 words in current AMA format. The student must include at least 2 peer-reviewed article sources in addition to the citation of the assigned case study or special topic. Case Study Review 2 Class Presentation will be submitted via Blackboard utilizing voice narration and should include 15-20 slides. The student must include at least 2 peer-reviewed article sources in addition to the citation of the assigned case study or special topic.

Short Essays (2)

The student is required to respond to a topic provided by the course instructor. Each essay must be 200–250 words in current AMA format.

Research Paper

Topic Submission

The student will select a specific topic for his/her Research Paper. The topic selection will be submitted to the instructor for approval.

Outline

The student will create a detailed outline for the Final Version of the Research Paper.

References

The student will research at least 10 scholarly resources that are no more than 5 years old. The student will cite the resources in current AMA format.

Final Version

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper, excluding the reference and cover page, in current AMA format that focuses on an approved topic. The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Midterm Exam

This exam covers information from Modules/Weeks 1–4. The Midterm Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Final Exam

This exam covers information from Modules/Weeks 5–8. The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes.