Courses

Spring 2016 GTF Courses

AS.280.424 The Quest for Effective Universal Health Coverage in Low and Middle Income Countries

A. Bhadelia
This course examines the movement to achieve effective universal health coverage with a particular focus on MICCs. It provides foundational grounding on health systems thinking to understand the key components of effective UHC and accordingly analyzes country cases to demonstrate lessons from health reforms in five LMICs. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.425 Immunity and Cancer: How the Recent Paradigm Shift in Treatment Affects Public Health

J. Gordy
An elective for upper-level public health studies students with a strong biology background that reviews the basics of immunology and cancer biology, and then delves into how treatments at the interface are sparking a paradigm shift in how we understand and treat cancer. Special interest will be taken in the public health repercussions of this change in thinking and treatment. Students apply this knowledge by analyzing topics of current and potential immunotherapies such as cancer vaccinations, adoptive cell transfer therapies, immune checkpoint inhibitors, and more. Course format will be a combination of lecture and active learning activities such as facilitated discussions, case study analysis, and role-plays of system actions. Juniors/Seniors only.
AS.280.426 Ethics of Obesity Prevention

L. Redmond
This course introduces undergraduate PHS students to ethical issue of obesity preventions in public health, and how these issues have influenced the success or failure of past and current intervention efforts. Students explore the multiple perspectives of each issue, and use an ethical framework to learn how to address the ethical challenges associated with the development of obesity intervention programs and policy. Juniors/Seniors only.
AS.280.427 Communicating Science: Skills to Analyze and Communicate Science News

N. Martin
Science communication is challenging. Experts are seldom trained to translate jargon in everyday language. In this course students will expand their knowledge of the biology basics of several public health issues, develop the critical thinking needed to assess health science reporting, and practice science communication skills. Juniors/Seniors Only.

Fall 2015 GTF Courses

AS.280.414 Leading Healthcare Organizations

K. Hayes
This seminar course is designed for students who seek an understanding of how to manage health care organizations including management processes, organizational structures, types of governance models and management issues of health care delivery systems. This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of leadership and organizational behavior within health care organizations (HCOs). In this course, students will become skilled at identifying the forces that challenge the effective management of HCOs at multiple levels – individual, group and organization. Moreover, they will become skilled at developing and analyzing efforts to improve HCOs’ performance. Through case studies, readings, in-class exercises and class discussions, participants will learn analytic frameworks, concepts, tools and skills necessary for leading and management organizational learning, innovation and overall performance improvement in health care organizations. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.419 Introduction to Practical Data Analysis in Medicine and Public Health

T. Usher
The course is designed to introduce undergraduate public health majors to the methodology of data analysis, such as how to apply previously learned statistical methods in the performance of data analysis in medical and public health research. This course is unique in that it focuses on all parts of the data analysis process, from formulating a research question to synthesizing the results. While the emphasis is placed on developing and implementing various methods of data analysis, the course will also address interpreting and evaluating the strengths and limitations of existing data analyses. Students’ understanding will be solidified through small in-class activities that explore the data analysis process and evaluations of data analyses in the scientific literature, culminating in a final data analysis project relevant to their own areas of expertise for the purpose of incorporating knowledge gained from the course into their research. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to sophomore, junior, and seniors who have taken AS.280.345: Public Health Biostatistics.
AS.280.421 Telling Public Health Stories Through Maps

B. Davis
Maps play an increasingly central role in conceptualizing, investigating, and communicating many types of public health concerns. This semester-long course is intended for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year who are familiar with epidemiology and biostatistics. This course will develop the skills needed to create and manipulate spatial information for public health research and communication. The course also prepares students to critically evaluate spatial data and to identify the common pitfalls of map-making. Through a blend of lectures, student seminars, and lab exercises, students will examine and appreciate the history of map-making, its current uses in public health, and future directions of spatial analysis. This course involves active student participation during discussions, short responses to the readings, and culminates in an independent spatial analysis project involving Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Basic knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology are recommended pre-requisites. Juniors/Seniors Only.
AS.280.422 Health Equity and Disparities: Addressing Complex Global Health Challenges

M. Schleiff
In this course, students will be supported and challenged to develop a personal understanding of and perspective on global health equity and disparities, and acquire a toolbox of frameworks and strategies to use in addressing them. Students will have the opportunity to be exposed to numerous examples and case studies to gain experience in assessing and addressing issues of equity in the complex, real-life problems such as those they will be facing as public health professionals. Students will review major historical and contemporary global and national initiatives to address equity issues in the health sector, including global declarations and reports as well as policies and programs that have been developed to achieve improvements in health equity in specific contexts. Application of this historical and practical knowledge and their own perspectives to new and complex situations will be fostered throughout the course. Basic knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology and courses on global health or international public health issues recommended pre-requisites. Juniors/Seniors Only.

Spring 2015 GTF Courses

AS.280.409 Health Systems Challenges from Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

M. Socal
This course provides a multidimensional health systems approach to chronic diseases, presently the largest population health burden in low and middle income countries. Learning tools include patient interviews, in-class debates, and country case studies. Recommended course background: AS.280.350: Fundamentals of Epidemiology. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.414 Foundations of Management and Leadership in Health Care Organizations

K. Hayes
This seminar course is designed for students who seek an understanding of how to manage health care organizations including management processes, organizational structures, types of governance models and management issues of health care delivery systems. This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of leadership and organizational behavior within health care organizations (HCOs). In this course, students will become skilled at identifying the forces that challenge the effective management of HCOs at multiple levels – individual, group and organization. Moreover, they will become skilled at developing and analyzing efforts to improve HCOs’ performance. Through case studies, readings, in-class exercises and class discussions, participants will learn analytic frameworks, concepts, tools and skills necessary for leading and management organizational learning, innovation and overall performance improvement in health care organizations. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.416 Nutrition and Immunology in Chronic Disease

J. Legault
This course provides an overview of basic immunology and nutrition through the review of published chronic disease research. By careful reading and critique of published literature, students will learn to interpret scientific studies on nutrition and chronic disease. This course will cover a variety of globally important chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Course sessions will include lectures on the basics of nutrition and immunology, seminar sessions to critically evaluate published research findings and group presentations. Recommended prerequisite: Introductory Biology. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.417 Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

M. Cherewick
This course will serve as an introduction to mental health in humanitarian emergencies. The course focuses both on mental health disorders (PTSD, anxiety, depression and substance abuse) and well-being (functionality, self-esteem, hope, and pro-social behavior). Assessment of mental health in humanitarian emergencies will include identification of risk factors and protective factors that impact mental health disorders and promote well-being. Coursework will include exploration of ways gender, age, political climate, environmental factors, and social and cultural norms impact mental health. Furthermore, the course will consider development of mental health interventions for specific cultural contexts and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions in meeting mental health needs in the short and long-term. Class sessions will be built around case studies from various countries and include contexts of natural disasters, armed conflict and complex emergencies. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.418 Introduction to Public Health Genomics

Y. Guan
Advances in genomic medicine and technology have presented both opportunities and challenges for public health. Through lectures and case studies, the first half of the course will provide an historical overview and raise contemporary issues related to genomics at the individual, public and policy level. In the second half of the course, students will critically analyze psychosocial, behavioral, ethical and legal issues arising from increasingly widespread access to genetic technologies and information. Topics will cover the use of routine testing (prenatal testing, newborn screening and predictive testing for adult-onset conditions) and emerging technologies capable of whole genome sequencing, direct-to-consumer marketing of various kinds of genetic testing, pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.
AS.280.419 Introduction to Practical Data Analysis in Medicine and Public Health

T. Usher
The course is designed to introduce undergraduate public health majors to the methodology of data analysis, such as how to apply previously learned statistical methods in the performance of data analysis in medical and public health research. This course is unique in that it focuses on all parts of the data analysis process, from formulating a research question to synthesizing the results. While the emphasis is placed on developing and implementing various methods of data analysis, the course will also address interpreting and evaluating the strengths and limitations of existing data analyses. Students’ understanding will be solidified through small in-class activities that explore the data analysis process and evaluations of data analyses in the scientific literature, culminating in a final data analysis project relevant to their own areas of expertise for the purpose of incorporating knowledge gained from the course into their research. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to sophomore, junior, and seniors who have taken AS.280.345: Public Health Biostatistics.
AS.280.420 Global Food and Nutrition Security

B. Lewis
This course examines food insecurity in low and middle income countries from a public health nutrition perspective. Students will explore food insecurity as a complex phenomenon linked to important issues in global development and public health. Recommended prior course, either Issues in International Development or Global Health Principles & Practices. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course open to junior and seniors only.

Past GTF Courses

Fall 2014

AS.280.414 Foundations of Management and Leadership in Health Care Organizations
K. Hayes

This seminar course is designed for students who seek an understanding of how to manage health care organizations including management processes, organizational structures, types of governance models and management issues of health care delivery systems. This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of leadership and organizational behavior within health care organizations (HCOs). In this course, students will become skilled at identifying the forces that challenge the effective management of HCOs at multiple levels – individual, group and organization. Moreover, they will become skilled at developing and analyzing efforts to improve HCOs’ performance. Through case studies, readings, in-class exercises and class discussions, participants will learn analytic frameworks, concepts, tools and skills necessary for leading and management organizational learning, innovation and overall performance improvement in health care organizations.

AS.280.407 Public Health and Disasters
N. Errett

This course will introduce students to the public health component of preparedness and response to common emergencies, including the public health implications of such situations and the role of public health agencies and practitioners. The course will employ an all-hazard perspective including emerging infections, natural disasters, and terrorism. Students will understand the public health community’s role in preparing for and responding to disasters through case studies, discussion, debate, and material related to the national public health preparedness infrastructure.

AS.280.413 Information Communication Technology (e/mHealth) for Health Systems Strengthening
Y. Jo

This course explores the emerging landscape of information and communication technology in public health, such as e/mHealth, through concepts and frameworks of health systems research with a focus on low and middle income countries (LMICs). It is designed to comprehensively address various aspects of e/mHealth including policy aspects of health systems governance, community aspects of health service delivery, economic aspects of the healthcare market, technological aspects of health information infrastructure, and individual aspects of self-monitoring/management. Multidisciplinary approaches will be encouraged to understand complex public health challenges and to suggest creative yet feasible solutions in low resource settings. Successful e/mHealth use cases across countries with various health system contexts will be introduced and discussed. The course is intended for undergraduate students interested in how information and communication technology is likely to affect health care in the future.

AS.280.416 Nutrition and Immunology in Chronic Disease
J. Legault

This course provides an overview of basic immunology and nutrition through the review of published chronic disease research. By careful reading and critique of published literature, students will learn to interpret scientific studies on nutrition and chronic disease. This course will cover a variety of globally important chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Course sessions will include lectures on the basics of nutrition and immunology, seminar sessions to critically evaluate published research findings and group presentations. Recommended Prerequisite: Introductory Biology.

AS.280.415 Comparative Health Systems and Health Reform
N. Done

The course explores the structural components of modern health care systems through a comparative approach. Students will develop a toolkit for analyzing how the financing, payment, and organization of health service provision determine system performance. Student teams will analyze a health system component and develop health reform recommendations for advancing the often-competing goals of improved population health, financial protection, and public satisfaction. They will also learn how to enhance the political feasibility of technically rigorous reforms through rational design and political stakeholder analysis. Theoretical frameworks utilized by international aid organizations and think tanks will be supplemented by case studies, hands-on class activities, and team projects to encourage active student learning.

AS.280.406 U.S. Military Policy and Public Health
R. Nevin

How does U.S. military policy impact global and national public health? Do U.S. military missions promoted as humanitarian assistance, such as those in Africa and Afghanistan, compromise global development and independent humanitarian action programs? Did the CIA’s covert use of a vaccination program in Pakistan as cover for intelligence gathering threaten the success of global immunization campaigns? How have vaccines and drugs developed for U.S. military use benefited global public health? These topics and much more will be the focus in this seminar that explores consequences within conflict zones and the developing world, and among military personnel and veterans.

AS.280.411 “Where you Live Matters”: The Role of “Place” in Racial Ethnic Health Disparities
C. Bell

This course explores the emerging landscape of information and communication technology in public health, such as e/mHealth, through concepts and frameworks of health systems research with a focus on low and middle income countries (LMICs). It is designed to comprehensively address various aspects of e/mHealth including policy aspects of health systems governance, community aspects of health service delivery, economic aspects of the healthcare market, technological aspects of health information infrastructure, and individual aspects of self-monitoring/management. Multidisciplinary approaches will be encouraged to understand complex public health challenges and to suggest creative yet feasible solutions in low resource settings. Successful e/mHealth use cases across countries with various health system contexts will be introduced and discussed. The course is intended for undergraduate students interested in how information and communication technology is likely to affect health care in the future.

Spring 2014

AS.280.406. U.S. Military Policy and Public Health
R. Nevin

How does U.S. military policy impact global and national public health? Do U.S. military missions promoted as humanitarian assistance, such as those in Africa and Afghanistan, compromise global development and independent humanitarian action programs? Did the CIA’s covert use of a vaccination program in Pakistan as cover for intelligence gathering threaten the success of global immunization campaigns? How have vaccines and drugs developed for U.S. military use benefited global public health? These topics and much more will be the focus in this seminar that explores consequences within conflict zones and the developing world, and among military personnel and veterans. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course. Juniors and Seniors Public Health Studies majors only.

AS.280.412. The HIV/AIDS Pandemic: An Enquiry Concerning Epidemiologic Understanding
P. Rebeiro

Students will gain an understanding of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS that will serve as basis for illustrating modern epidemiologic theory, methods, and practice. Topics will include a review of the natural history and pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS, the spread and current geography of the disease, contemporaneous prevention strategies, and the impact of antiretroviral therapies at the individual and population level. Throughout, a focus on the methods and mindset of epidemiologic enquiry will be emphasized. This will include how epidemiological approaches for characterizing populations, measurements, and inference can be used to build the evidence for public health action. Students will learn through critical analysis and discussion of the peer-reviewed literature coupled with evaluations using short quizzes and a final group presentation. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course.

AS.280.411. Where You Live Matters”: The Role of “Place” in Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities
C. Bell

This course will critically examine the impact of place of residence on health outcomes, and on racial/ethnic health disparities. This will be accomplished by examining different definitions and levels of “place”, and assessing the impact of each on various health outcomes and racial/health disparities. The role of “place” will be examined in the development of interventions targeting racial/ethnic health disparities. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course.

Fall 2013

AS.280.406 U.S. Military Policy and Public Health: The Consequences of Conflict
R. Nevin

How does U.S. military policy impact global and national public health? Do U.S. military missions promoted as humanitarian assistance, such as those in Africa and Afghanistan, compromise global development and independent humanitarian action programs? Did the CIA’s covert use of a vaccination program in Pakistan as cover for intelligence gathering threaten the success of global immunization campaigns? How have vaccines and drugs developed for U.S. military use benefited global public health? These topics and much more will be the focus in this seminar that explores consequences within conflict zones and the developing world, and among military personnel and veterans. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course. Juniors and Seniors Public Health Studies majors only.

AS.280.407 Public Health and Disasters
N. Errett

This course will introduce students to the public health component of preparedness and response to common emergencies, including the public health implications of such situations and the role of public health agencies and practitioners. The course will employ an all-hazard perspective, including emerging infections, natural disasters, and terrorism. Students will understand the public health community’s role in preparing for and responding to disasters through case studies, discussion, debate, and material related to the national public health preparedness infrastructure. Juniors and seniors Public Health Studies majors only. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course. Recommended Prerequisite: AS.280.335 The Environment and Your Health.

AS.280.408 Youth Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach
J. Bottiani

Examines the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence committed by or against young people through a public health lens. Interrupts prevailing notions about crime and punishment and shifts the discourse to encompass an ecological and developmental understanding of the problem. Media representations and other case studies of youth violence, including mass shootings, child soldiers in armed conflict, interpersonal violence, bullying, suicide, and gang violence, provide the basis for in-class, interactive analysis applying current theories. Introduces effective prevention strategies, underscoring the important role of youth leadership and advocacy to prevent violence. Juniors and seniors Public Health Studies majors only. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course. Recommended Course Background: AS.280.350

AS.280.409 Health Systems Challenges from Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries
M. Socal

This course provides a multidimensional health systems approach to chronic diseases, presently the largest population health burden in low and middle income countries. Learning tools include patient interviews, in-class debates, and country case studies. Juniors and Seniors Public Health Studies majors only. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course. Recommended Course Background: AS.280.350

AS.280.410 Disease Detectives and the History of Epidemiology
A. Buttress

Through a series of historical case studies we will explore the changing ideas and assumptions that have shaped our struggles to understand and improve health in the United States. Juniors and Seniors Public Health Studies majors only. Gordis Teaching Fellowship course. Recommended Course Background: AS.280.350