Regular attendance, written assignments and presentations.
A basic background in economics, politics and statistics is an advantage. A good command of written and spoken English is required. Guidance will be given how to read effectively and efficiently.
The course is divided into three parts. Part I describes and documents changes in global health since the start of industrial revolution. Focuses will be on: the extent of present-day health inequalities between and within countries; and technical challenges involved in measuring population health and health inequality. Part II examines the major factors that influence population health including economic and political development and the forces associated with globalization. Part III considers whether external development assistant has been mostly helpful or possibly harmful in improving population health in low income countries and in lessening health inequalities.
Students will be assessed base on: regular attendance, active participation in class, short papers (<2 pages) and/or presentation on assigned readings and topics; and 1 long paper (<20 pages).
Angust Deaton, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013.
Randall M. Pakard, The Making of a Tropical Disease. Baltimore. MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
Paul Farmer et al., Reimagining Global Health. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013 selected chapters.
Journal articles, book chapters, and other relevant materials.