GH 500 (2) Critical Issues in Global Health
Fall/Spring. Introduces non-Global Health students to global public health issues of two kinds: (1) fundamental cross-cutting issues such as the relationship between global health and economic development, and (2) selected thematic areas such as child survival, HIV/AIDS, and global tobacco control. The course will both contextualize current efforts in global health historically and describe likely future trends. Readings will be drawn from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including history, political science, economics, sociology and anthropology. A major goal of this course is to equip students with some critical perspectives and resources they will need as public health professionals and global citizens in our increasingly small and interdependent world.
GH 501 (3) Global Challenges and Opportunities
Fall. Strengthens learner understanding of the issues constraining the achievement of health and wellbeing around the world, the establishment of Priorities, the development of Policies, and the implementation of Programs. Course will focus on training students in core terminology and concepts in global health, critical analysis, application of ethical principles, and systems thinking in addressing global health challenges. Training will be achieved through readings, lectures, and case studies in small group discussions. Global Health students only.
GH 502 (3) Survey Research Methods
Spring. This course provides an introduction to the collection of quantitative data. Taking an applied approach, we learn the entire process of designing a study, including instrument design, sampling methods, budgeting and training, fieldwork components, and data management. Special focus is given to research inin less-developed countries and to cross-cultural research. Participants develop their own studies including survey instruments and methods protocol.
GH 504 (2) Effective Oral Communication
Fall. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading.Effective Oral Communications for Public Health Professionals is designed to convey the principles and practice of dynamic and persuasive oral communication of scientific information. Its goal is to develop competencies in effective oral communication of scientific research using various techniques and to diverse audiences. Course topics include: 1) communications as an interactive process; 2) persuasive vis-à-vis informative presentations; 3) distinguishing data, information, and messages; 4) analyzing a target audience; 5) condensing complex messages into sound-bite size; 6) effective approaches for visual aids including PowerPoint™, UTube™, Prezi™, tables, graphs, charts, and photographs; 7) understanding the messages presenters give by their personal image; and 8) strategies for dealing with the media. Students give oral presentations as part of their final grade. No prerequisites.
GH 505 (1)Social Entrepeneurship for Global Health
Fall. Second year students in Global Health or have the permission of instructor.This course is designed to complement/supplement traditional courses in management that focus on management theory and process with primary examples drawn from the U.S. GH 505 will focus on the application of management principles to health programs in low and moderate income countries using case studies drawn from these contexts. This course focuses on increasing the student's ability to analyze, explain and diagnose managerial and organizational dilemmas and generate solutions that are feasible. This will be done using the case study approach.
GH 506 (1) Introduction to Microbial Risk Assessment
Spring Break. Pre-requisites: BIOS 500 and GH 580/EH 546. Introductory course risk assessment methods for infectious diseases, with emphasis on description of microbial infectivity, quantification of microbial concentrations in the environment, description of risk, and exposure in outbreaks. Upon completion of this short introductory course, students will be expected to understand the general approach of microbial risk assessment and to have acquired skills to work with specialists (microbiologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians) in a multidisciplinary team to tackle microbial risk assessment problems. Cross listed with EH 547.
GH 507 (2) Health as Social Justice
Fall. Offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexities inherent in improving the health of communities. Examines the multiplicity of social factors that affect health and working models of approaches to favorably alter them. Initiated by students, and cross-listed with the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Emory University School of Law, and Candler School of Theology. Emphasis is on enhancing one's life as a professional including both leadership roles and personal dimensions by expanding self awareness and strengthening critical thinking skills. The pedagogy and class design utilize a participatory, learner-directed approach to education. This approach makes possible an engaged experience with issues fundamental to social justice - power relations, empowerment, and participation.
GH 508 (2) Seminar in Health and Human Rights
Spring. Examines a spectrum of issues related to health and human rights including three main topics: health as a human right, the impact of human rights abuses on health, and strategies for the adoption of a human rights framework to public health program planning and practice. Case studies among vulnerable populations of interest to public health professionals in each of these topics are utilized to support critical inquiry into the field of health and human rights.
GH 509 (2) Knowledge Translation - from Research to Policy and Practice
Spring. This course aims to introduce students to translation of scientific knowledge into real-world implementation (policy, practice, behavior change). The course covers: determining burdens; identifying proven interventions and barriers that impede implementation; designing innovative and creative solutions, and the studies to test these; and informed decision-making as well as implementation and sustainability. Students will be exposed to case studies of health interventions globally which illustrate theoretical concepts while providing inspiration and motivation.
GH 510 (2) Epidemiological Methods in Humanitarian Emergencies
Spring. Prerequisites: BIOS 500, EPI 530, GH 512. This course will cover epidemiologic methods used in complex humanitarian emergencies; such as rapid assessment, surveillance, survey design (with a focus on cluster surveys) and analysis. In addition, the class will include other topics such as outbreaks in emergencies.Teaching methods will combine lectures and case studies of recent humanitarian emergencies. Classes will be very participatory.Five day intensive held over Spring Break.
GH 511 (2) International Infectious Diseases
Spring. Prerequisite: EPI 530. Offers an epidemiological, clinical and public healthperspective of selected acute infectious diseases of current national and international interest. Emphasizes the agent, methods of transmission, the host, role of surveillance, and methods of control and prevention.
GH 512 (2) Health in Complex Emergencies
Spring.The course covers the technical and management principles that are the basis of planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs for acutely displaced populations in developing countries.Emphasis is placed on refugees in camp situations. The course also includes modules on assessment, nutrition, epidemiology of major health problems, surveillance, and program management in the context of an international relief operation.Five day intensive held over January break.
GH 513 (3) Community-Based Participatory Action Research
Spring. CBPAR is defined as "a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings." This seminar will provide students with an understanding of theories, principles and strategies of community-based action research, the advantages and limitations to using this approach, and some of the skills necessary for participating effectively in CBPAR. The focus will be on co-learning, and group discussion will be emphasized.
GH 514 (2) Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change
Spring. Serves as a practical introduction to the methods and theories used in the planning, development, and implementation of communication interventions to promote healthy behavior and social changein the "developing" world. Participants learn how to describe and analyze behaviors, conduct formative research, design an intervention strategically, write a creative brief to guide materials design, and develop and pretest materials. Case studies range from community-level interpersonal communication to mass media campaigns, and address a range of health issues, with particular focus on sexual and reproductive health, especially HIV/AIDS.
GH 515 (3) Introduction to Public Health Surveillance
Spring. Prerequisite: EPI 530. Teaches the basic principles of public health surveillance, including the establishment of a public health surveillance program, the collation and analysis of data, and the preparation and distribution of a report. Helps students recognize the importance of a direct association between a public health surveillance program and public health action. Helps students become familiar with the use of computers in public health surveillance, with public health surveillance systems conducted in developed and developing countries, and with public health surveillance programs as applied to all public health problems involving either infectious or noninfectious diseases. Cross listed with EPI 515
GH 516 (3) Global Perspectives in Parasitic Diseases
Fall. Prerequisite: EPI 504 or EPI 530 (may be taken concurrently). Focuses on prevalent parasitic infections seen in this country as well as those seen primarily abroad. Topics include parasite life cycles, immunology, diagnostic methods, clinical manifestations, treatment and follow up, complications, epidemiology, prevention and control, methods of transmission, and future research priorities.
GH 517 (2) Case Studies in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Fall. Prerequisites: EPI 530 and BIOS 500 (may be taken concurrently or with permission). Provides training in the investigation, control, and prevention of infectious diseases by both descriptive and analytic epidemiological techniques. Students work with infectious diseases of national and international interest. Cross listed with EPI 540
GH 519 (3) Faith and Health: Transforming Communities
Spring. Serves to help students oriented toward pastoral, social service, and community health roles better understand the theoretical relationship between religious practices at personal and social scale, and the health of the community as a basis for developing and leading practical initiatives. Students become familiar with both religious and health science literature in this area. Examines the characteristics of healthy congregations and the various roles they play that are critical to the formation of coherent and whole neighborhoods and communities. Examines those leadership practices that build the capacity for collaboration between religious organizations, including congregations and their partners in the public sector. Cross listed with SR/CC 650
GH 520 (3) Public Health Biology
Fall. This course will benefit students with little to no formal biology training, or those who wish a biology refresher, and will provide an introduction to the concepts in public health biology which is the study of biological principles to problems of public health importance. We will explore basic molecular, genetic, and cellular concepts, organ systems, population biology, and other important topics including laboratory assays, nutrition, the biology of cancer and mental disease, and ethics. Basic lectures will be complemented by speakers tying these basic concepts to the practice and research of public health. Students will also develop practical skills including: reading and discussing a scientific article, scientific writing, exposure to a biological laboratory, and basic proposal writing. This course fulfills all the requirements of the Public Health Biology Illustrative Sub-competencies recommended by the Association of Schools of Public Health.
GH 522 (3) Qualitative Research Methods for Global Health
Spring. This course will provide students with the theoretical principles and practical skills for conducting qualitative research. Weekly sessions will focus on different tasks in the process of conducting qualitative research. This course will include concepts underpinning qualitative research, qualitative research design, ethical considerations and challenges, instrument design, key data collection methods used in public health (interviewing, group discussions and observations), and summarazing and presenting data. The course provides instruction on the challenges of applying qualitative methods in international settings and guidance on fieldwork planning and implementation to assist students in preparing for their practicum activities.This course uses a variety of approaches to foster the development of practical skills in qualitative research; formal lectures, interactive group sessions, discussions with experts, and task-based assignments. This course is a prerequisite for the fall course on Qualitative Data Analysis (GH525).
GH 523 (2) New Frontiers in ObesityResearchand Prevention
Spring. Obesity has become a significant public health concern around the world. In this course, students will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on the epidemiology, sociology, economics, and demography of obesity. Through reading and discussion of published research, lectures emphasizing methodology and theory, and hands-on research, students will command a critical understanding of obesity that can be more broadly applied to addressing public health problems.
GH 524 (2) Health Systems Performance and Health Systems Financing Methods and Evidence
Spring. Prerequisite: GH 501. Introduces the major policy issues in health care financing for developing countries and transition economies. Topics include models of health care financing used by countries; performance of the systems with respect to equity, efficiency and effectiveness; evaluation of current financing and health sector reform proposals; and redefinition of the roles of government and the private sector. Investigates health care financing in the economic, political, and social contexts of country-specific health systems reform efforts and broader themes in international development.
GH 525 (3) Qualitative Data Analysis
Fall. Pre-requisite: GH 522 or equivalent. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical principles and practical skills for analyzing qualitative data. The course will provide an overview of the theoretical principles of qualitative data analysis, and practical tasks of data preparation, data analysis, writing and presenting data. Students will develop skills in using MAXQDA10 software to analyze qualitative data through weekly lab sessions. During the course students will learn techniques for analyzing qualitative data through guided classroom activities, lab sessions and structured assignments. The course is ideal for second year MPH students who collected qualitative data during their summer practicum; students without their own data may use a class data set. Each student will work with their individual data in course assignments.
GH 526 (3) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights
Spring and Fall. Open to students from all of the graduate and professional schools. Examines the theory and practice of global and human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. Examines issues of history, origins, and legitimacy of universal human rights, and discusses standards, institutions, and processes of implementation. Examines human rights across a variety of substantive areas, including: conflict, development, globalization, social welfare, public health, and rights of women and other vulnerable groups.
GH 527 (2) Migration and Health
Fall. This course examines the intersection of migration and health for migrant groups in both developed and developing countries. The course takes a theory-based approach to understanding the health issues faced by different types of migrants, including international migrants, refugees, and internal migrants. Students will work in groups to conduct case studies of migrant health issues, applying theory to real-life examples of migrant health.
GH 528 (2) Public Health/Clinical Microbiology Laboratories
Fall. The course will provide students with an understanding of the role of the clinical microbiology laboratory in public health practice and research. It focuses on the biology of major groups of infectious disease organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and prions) and their identification through microbiology, including key diagnostic tests and molecular epidemiology and issues involved in laboratory management in public health and clinical laboratories. The course includes lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises.
GH 529 (2) Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Spring. Provides students with techniques needed to develop, evaluate, and sustain successful drinking water and sanitation interventions for developing countries. Focuses on practical field and laboratory tools needed for different stages of projects, including: assessment of perceived and actual need, alternative strategies for different environmental settings, assessing cost and financial sustainability of projects, laboratory and field techniques for assessing exposure to microbial and chemical agents, and measuring health outcomes (for baseline or effectiveness assessment). Includes lectures, extensive case studies, and field and laboratory exercises.
GH 530 (2) The GEMMA Seminar: The Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion
Spring. The overall objective of the course is for the participating student to understand the role of unsafe abortion in global maternal mortality, to develop a well informed project that will have the potential to make substantive progress toward GEMMA, and become an informed advocate for eliminating maternal mortality from abortion.
GH 531 (1) Mental Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Fall.Pre-requisites: GH 510 and GH 512. This course covers essential principles necessary to understand and address mental health issues in complex humanitarian emergencies. Using epidemiological and ethnographic approaches, the course will highlight mental health surveys; outcome evaluation methods; best practices and evidence-based interventions for beneficiary populations; and preparation and training for emergency responders and aid workers. Three day intensive held over December weekend.
GH 532 (1) Risk Communications for Global Public Health Emergencies
Spring. This course encourages and facilitates improved risk communication for public health emergencies among public health authorities and partner organizations through the building of risk communication core capacities as part of the surveillance and response requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR). Concepts of risk communication are taught through scenario-based exercises
GH 533 (1) Preparedness and Planning for International Emergencies
Spring. This course covers the essential principles of emergency preparedness and planning in the international context. Students will become familiar with concepts of Sphere standards, cluster system, Incident Command System (ICS), emergency operation plan development, and table-top exercises. The common pitfalls and challenges of emergency preparedness and planning will be discussed. Students will have the opportunity to review an existing plan and table-top exercise, and provide input for their improvement.Two day intensive held over February weekend.
GH 534 (2) Diabetes: A Model for Global Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control
Spring. Provides students with both content and skills in the field of diabetes, a pandemic of international public health concern, which encourages effective public health programming for diabetes and other chronic diseases. Through a uniquely public health approach, examines a spectrum of issues related to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and address the implications for public health practice. Published papers on each of these topics are utilized throughout the course to support critical inquiry into the burgeoning field of diabetes public health.
GH 535 (2) Field Epidemiology
Spring. Prerequisite: EPI 530. Uses a series of case studies to teach the principles and practice of epidemiology, ranging from surveillance and descriptive epidemiology to outbreak investigations and analytic methods. Focuses on the use of sound epidemiological judgment.Cross listed with EPI 535
GH 536 (3) Religion and Health in Context: HIV
Spring. This course will explore the ways in which religion has been utilized over the last twenty-five years to make sense of the HIV epidemic and to mobilize or hinder productive responses. These processes of making meaning and responding have occurred in a variety of contexts; the course will critically explore a broad spectrum of religious, political, and public health contexts to demonstrate the ways in which religion is invoked in response to questions and practices of health and wellness. The readings for the course are designed to introduce the class topic and students are expected to complete assigned readings prior to class. In many instances, class time will include lecture and discussion of readings but at other times, the class sessions will function to develop ideas introduced in the readings more fully. In other words, students should not expect the class sessions merely to fully summarize assigned readings. Written assignments are designed to test not only students' knowledge of the material but also their ability to integrate that knowledge with critical reflection on both theory and practice.
GH 538 (2) Food and Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
Fall. Prerequisites: BIOS 500, EPI 530, GH 512. Malnutrition during humanitarian emergencies, including acute malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, is very common. The course will discuss how organizations decide when, what type and how much food to distribute during crisis. It will also address other programs that are used to prevent malnutrition, how organizations concerned with nutrition evaluate nutritional status in individuals and populations and the various types of feeding programs that are implemented in emergency situations. The course will include practical field exercises on nutrition as well as visits by guest practitioners from the field. Five day intensive held in August.
GH 539 (2) Reproductive Health Program Management
Fall. Familiarizes students with current strategies for the implementation and delivery of family planning programs. Highlights the major policies and demographic and epidemiological data relevant to the development of programs, both domestically and internationally.
GH 540 (2) Population Dynamics
Spring. This course provides an introduction to core demographic methods and concepts. We will focus on the fundamental topics of demography including the measurement of human mortality, fertility, and migration. Methods covered will include the construction of basic demographic indicators such as life expectancy, infant and maternal mortality, and fertility rates. Students will also learn about the main sources of demographic data including their strengths and limitations. The course will emphasize hands-on and applied analysis of existing data sources. Students should leave the course with basic competencies in demographic methods and a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of population-level data and analyses.
GH 541 (2) Technology of Fertility Control
Fall. Covers the effectiveness, complications, and benefits of contraceptive devices. Includes information on Norplant implants, morning-after approaches to birth control, the reversal of sterilization procedures, and techniques of condom distribution. Examines the administrative, managerial, and economic implications of the various approaches to fertility control.
GH 542 (3) Evidence-Based Strategic Planning
Spring. Prerequisites: GH 501, BIOS 500, EPI 530, and a working knowledge of Epi Info, a CDC computer program for survey creation, data collection and data analysis, or a similar program (e.g. MS Access, RedCap). This course provides an overview of methods for the successful design and implementation of public health programs. Themes covered in the class will include a situational analysis (including data collection, processing, and analysis), understanding roles of different research evidence and stakeholders in translating interventions from research into practice, and an overview of program management and ethics. These themes will be addressed through working with community partners, case studies, or interactive classroom discussions. This class will serve as an overview and introduction to other global health classes that students may take during their time at the Rollins School of Public Health.
GH 543 (2) Fundamentals of Qualitative Data Analysis
Fall. This course will provide an intensive overview of qualitative data analysis including the use of MAXqda10 software.On completing the course, students will be able to assess the quality of a qualitative data set, define objectives for a specific analysis project, develop and implement an approach using appropriate tools of analysis (e .g. segments, codes, memos, attributes), and develop descriptive and comparative accounts of project findings.In addition to lectures and conceptual discussions,the course will incorporate applied exercises using secondary data andMAXqda10 software in order to develop student skills in handling real-life textual data, implementing analysis procedures and techniques with software, and working in a team-based analysis setting.
GH 544 (2) Field Trials and Intervention Studies
Fall. This course will develop understanding of design, conduct, and analysis of field trials and intervention studies. The course will focus on methods relevant to community and facility based trials in resource poor settings. However, several skills covered in this course will also be applicable to field and clinical trials in developed countries.
GH 545 (3) Nutritional Assessment
Spring. Provides an overview of methods for assessing the nutritional status of both individuals and populations for purposes of etiologic research and disease prevention and control. Teaches the use of biochemical, anthropometric, and questionnaire methods for assessment of diet, body composition, physical activity, and biochemical characteristics. Research methods appropriate for measurement of any exposure in epidemiological or population studies are given special emphasis, including standardized data collection procedures, quality control, assessment of validity and reliability, and analytic methods to assess the effect of measurement error and to adjust for its effects when examining relations among variables. Covers methods for both acute and chronic disease.
GH 546 (3) Maternal and Child Nutrition
Spring. Emphasizes the significance and role of nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood in developing countries. Discusses the role of programs in developed countries.
GH 547 (3) Issues in Reproductive and Sexual Health
Fall. Aims to introduce students to the calculation and interpretation of key indicators in sexual and reproductive health. The classes combine lectures detailing substantive issues in sexual and reproductive health and instruction on the calculation of indicators, with computer labs in which students can gain experience in calculating and interpreting indicators using data from large social surveys. The course will use the STATA software: no experience with the software is necessary. The course has no prerequisites and is open to first- and second-year students. Global students only.
GH 548 (6) Human Nutrition I
Fall. Prerequisites: one year of biology and organic chemistry and permission of instructor. The goal of the course is for students to learn the fundamental principles that underlie nutrient regulation and function and their integrative role in metabolic pathways. This course will address macronutrient requirements and how nutrient biochemical and metabolic processes are implicated in health and disease pathology as well as the potential for disease prevention or management through nutrient-dependent processes. These objectives will be accomplished by lectures and discussion sessions that focus on the basic principles of nutrient requirements, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry relevant to nutrition, followed by the role of macronutrients in health and disease.Cross listed with IBS 580
GH 549 (6) Human Nutrition II
Spring. Prerequisites: chemistry, undergraduate biology, and permission of instructor. Provides a graduate-level introduction to human nutrition and disease, at both the clinical and research levels, and an understanding of the experimental bases for current clinical nutritional practice. Cross listed with IBS 581
GH 550 (2) Epidemiology and Dynamics of STD and HIV Transmission
Fall. Explores the social, biologic, and public health issues of sexually transmitted diseases and their overall importance in public health. Topics include the basic biology and epidemiology of the major STDs, the implication of transmission models for prevention, and psychosocial, behavioral, and economic aspects of STD/HIV. Cross listed with EPI 550
GH 551 (2) Diet and Chronic Disease
Fall. Provides an overview of the epidemiology of the intersections among diet, physical activity, obesity and chronic disease from a life-course and global perspective and the potential for policy-level and individual-level approaches to address the key diet-related diseases of our time – cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Discusses changes in the prevalence of diet-related chronic disease and the potential for preventive measures in both developing and developed countries.
GH 552 (2) Global Elimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition (MNM)
Fall. Provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of global micronutrient malnutrition (MNM) including its complex biological, social and economic determinants. Describes policies, strategies, programs and projects aimed at eliminating maternal and child MNM, including evidence of efficacy and effectiveness. Defines roles and responsibilities of the public, private and non-profit sectors in implementing national programs and advocating for MNM elimination. Describes available systems for MNM monitoring and evaluation.
GH 553 (2) Vision Health - a global perspective
Spring. The purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge of the epidemiology of the major causes of vision loss globally, as well as knowledge of what can and is being done to prevent vision loss from these causes.The need fora multidisciplinary approach will be emphasized and vision loss makes a good model for other public healthproblems, especiallynon communicable diseases.Reading from literature (available on line to Emory students) will be assigned daily. Teaching methods will be a mix ofdidactic lectures by faculty, casesstudies for discussion, and student presentations. All students willbe expected to use suggested reading materials to prepare short presentationson specific topics for the class.
GH 554 (2) Global Tobacco Control
Spring. This course provides a comprehensive overview of tobacco, tobacco control, and related issues. This will be done from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including epidemiology, economics, political science, marketing, psychology, communications, sociology, history, and others.The course will provide a clear understanding of the patterns, determinants, and consequences of tobacco use, as well as of the impact of policy and other interventions aimed at reducing the death, disease, and economic losses caused by tobacco use. The course aims to provide a global perspective on these issues, with an emphasis on experiences in the United States and including case studies from a variety of low and middle income countries such as China.
GH 555 (2) Proposal Development
Spring. Conduct research, including formulation of specific research aim, conducting a literature review and formulating a hypothesis and selecting appropriate methodologies related to the emphasis
GH 557 (2) Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Spring. A medical anthropology course that explores the field of global health, particularly the serious health problems facing developing world populations. Provides an introductory survey of the basic issues and initiatives in contemporary international public health, as well as in-depth case studies of four nations: Nepal, Haiti, Mali, and Egypt. Develops student awareness of the socioeconomic and cultural complexity of health problems in developing nations, and the consequent difficulties of developing effective long-term solutions.
GH 558 (2) Global Issues in Antimicrobial Resistance
Spring. Develops tools to understand the microbiological, behavioral, and economic factors that contribute to the expanding epidemic of infectious diseases which may become untreatable due to the emergence of resistance. Provides a framework for intervention studies. Cross listed with EPI 558
GH 559 (3) Gender and Global Health
Spring. Provides an overview of theories and programs related to gender, health, and population change in comparative perspective, with a focus on less developed countries (LDCs). Exposes students to some of the major theoretical developments in social demography that have advanced our understanding of the institutional bases of gender inequality and of the power dynamics within families and households, that influence the health status and demographic profiles of populations in these settings. Theoretical and empirical underpinnings of existing social policies and interventions intended to improve the position of women in LDCs are emphasized and case studies of the health-related and demographic consequences of these polices and interventions are discussed. Cross listed with SOC 389/WS 385
GH 560 (3) Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Public Health Programs
Fall.Second-year students only. Provides students with the technical skills to conceptualize and design process and impact evaluations of international public health programs or projects. Helps students understand the role of monitoring and evaluation in policy analysis, planning, program design and management.
GH 561 (3) Applications of public health economics in low and moderate income countries
Fall. Pre-requisites: GH 500 or GH 501. This course is an applied course that uses economic theory and concepts to focus on critical public health issues in low and moderate income countries, particularly focusing on public goods, their use and provision. We will also apply evolving theories of behavioral economics to decisions faced by individuals and households in very resource constrained environments using examples and cases from sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, south and central Asia where the greatest proportion of those living in absolute poverty reside.
GH 562 (1) Epidemiology of Tuberculosis
Spring. Prerequisite: EPI 530. Provides training in domestic and international public health aspects of tuberculosis, its epidemiology and diagnosis, theory and practice of treatment and means of prevention in developed and developing countries, and the interaction between HIV and tuberculosis. Cross listed with EPI 542
GH 563 (2) HIV/AIDS 2014:The Past,Present, and Future
Fall. This course utilizes a reverse classroom methodology with online lectures and documentaries, interactive classroom discussions with global health experts, and site visits to local HIV organizations to explore the history of AIDS, changing trends in global epidemiology, recent advances in HIV clinical, basic, and social sciences, and the challenges to and multidisciplinary strategies for addressing the global HIV epidemic in the next 20 years.
GH 564 (2) Public Health Preparedness and Bioterrorism
Fall. This course will acquaint students with the comprehensive nature of public health preparedness and response efforts for disasters whether natural or man-made. We discuss all aspects of public health preparedness and include discussions of specific preparedness elements necessary for responses to natural disasters and man-made events including deliberate or unintentional biological, chemical, or radiologic incidents. Ethical and legal issues related to preparedness and bioterrorism are also discussed. The course includes several in-class case exercises. Students interested in public health preparedness, infectious diseases, and bio-defense are encouraged to take this course. This course is cross listed with EPI 564.
GH 565 (2) Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans for Public Health Programs
Spring. First year students only. This course provides students with basic technical skills to design and set up monitoring systems and carry out needs, and process evaluations of public health programs and/or projects. It also helps students to understand the role of monitoring and evaluation in policy analysis, program planning, design and implementation. The course is primarily intended for first-year students who will be conducting an M&E activity for their summer practicum and who wish to develop the M&E plan before arrival in the field. It will be expected that all students in the course will have their own project that they will need to be able to describe and use as the basis for developing their M&E plan. Through a mixture of didactic lectures and breakout activities, by the end of the course the student will have the theoretical underpinnings and will have developed their plan.
GH 566 (2) Immunization Programs and Policies
Spring. Provides an introduction to the basic scientific epidemiologic, economic, programmatic, and political aspects of vaccines and immunization. Emphases immunizations in the developing world, with examples also drawn from U.S. experience. Students are strongly encouraged to take GH 571 either before or after GH 566. Cross listed with EPI 566
GH 569 (2)Population and Development
Fall. This course provides an introduction to population and development as an important context of public health. Participants will learn about international development and how issues such as economic growth, environmental change, international politics, and culture interact with population forces such as fertility, aging, mortality, and migration, in ways that affect health and public health practice. Training will include lectures and structured debates, reading, and discussion of published research and policies, and critical research writing.
GH 570 (3) Ethnography, Reproductive Health and Religious Ethics
Fall. Explores not only the ways in which different religious traditions understand particular reproductive health issues, but also how disciplines like ethnography and bioethics can shed light on what different communities actually do in practice.
GH 571 (2) Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Fall. This course will develop in-depth understanding of epidemiological, biological, and applied aspects of commonly used vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) of public health importance. The course content will be structured to review specific vaccines and VPDs (rather than overarching aspects of immunization programs covered in GH 566/ EPI 566). Where relevant, the course lectures will use examples from both developed and developing countries.
GH 572 (2) Community Transformation
Spring. Five day participatory learning experience designed to strengthen your capacity to effectively work with communities. Based on the philosophy and experience of the Brazilian Educator Paolo Freire; the Training for Transformation Pedagogy of Catholic Sisters Ann Hope and Sally Timmel; the teaching and capacity strengthening of the late David Hilton; participatory learning strategies are used to strengthen learner capacity to work in partnership with underserved populations to identify and solve their own problems. This class is only offered to Global students and by permission only.
GH 573 (2) Gender, Sexuality, and Global Health
Fall. In this seminar students will master some of the theoretical literature on gender and sexuality, debate how gender and sexuality are shaped by social and cultural influences, learn the importance of these theoretical concepts for public health policy and interventions, and become acquainted with current programmatic and research perspectives.
GH 574 (2) Malaria Prevention, Control and Treatment
Spring. This course will offer a practical introduction to the prevention, control and treatment of malaria. Participants will understand the biology of both the malaria parasite and the mosquito vector, and how their interactions with the human host result in the epidemiology of malaria. In addition, this class will review the history of malaria control and current prevention and control activities, to include vector control, reducing the burden of malaria in pregnancy and case management. There will be practical sessions related to vector control and malaria diagnostics. Teaching methods will combine lectures and practical lessons.
GH 575 (1) Religion, Health, and Development
Spring. Pre-requisites: Interview with faculty, commitment to summer experience in Kenya, agreement to complete course sequence by enrolling in GH 576 “Assessing Religion’s Role in Public Health and Development Initiatives in Kenya” in the fall This course will provide participants with an introduction to the intersection of religion, public health, and development practice. The specific context for examining that intersection is the east African country of Kenya, a country whose cultural, political, and religious dynamics provide an ideal setting for such examination.
GH 576 (2) Assessing Religion’s Role in Public Health and Development Initiatives in Kenya
Fall. Pre-requisite GH 575. This course will provide students with a thorough introduction to the intersection of religion, public health, and development practice. The course will combine readings on these topics from inter-disciplinary perspectives with case studies, group work, field placement experiences, and student presentations.
GH 577 (1) Health Needs Assessment in Emergencies
Fall. Prerequisites: BIOS 500 and EPI 530. Humanitarian health programs are developed quickly when large-scale disasters occur. In the past there has been little assessment of need in developing programs and monitoring their impacts. Yet funders increasingly demand accountability to identify program impacts and analysis of choices made to improve future programs. Skill at assessing need, justifying program development, and monitoring implementation builds on knowledge of field epidemiology to characterize the burden of disease, identify major intervention opportunities, and create or mobilize existing health service infrastructure. Students will become familiar with the tools, monitoring mechanisms, reports, and analytical methods used to assess, elaborate, monitor, and evaluate emergency health programs. Extensive examples and the actual tools and reports used, especially from disasters in Haiti and Pakistan in 2010, the Philippines in 2013, Syria since 2011 and the 2005 Asian tsunami, will be used in this hands-on course.
GH 578 (1) Logistics Operations in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Fall. Logistical pre-planning will identify intervention opportunities and mobilize existing logistics’ capacity to leverage more effective services for the existing health care infrastructure for humanitarian relief. In this course, students will become familiar with logistics tools, reports, and methodologies available for enhancing health care response needs during complex humanitarian emergencies. Logistics is critical for efficient emergency deployment and sustainability during all stages of complex humanitarian health response. Usually, little thought is given to logistics during the “ramp-up phase” of a humanitarian response because of the speed at which response efforts take place causing greater inefficiencies during the actual response. If many of the logistical considerations and needs were accomplished in advance of a CHE response and then tailored to fit the specific needs of the situation at hand, health care response programs would run more smoothly and avoided the added cost of considering logistics last minute. Examples will be used to illustrate the need for logistical planning, especially from disasters in the Philippines, Haiti, Angola, Kenya and Syria.
GH 580 (2) Control of Food and Waterborne Diseases
Spring. Introduces the major disease-causing microorganisms in the environment and their transmission through water, food, and air. Describes the organisms, pathogenesis, clinical diseases, reservoirs, modes of transmission, and epidemiology. Discusses the transport, survival, and fate of pathogens in the environment, the concept of indicator organisms as surrogates for pathogens, and the removal and inactivation of pathogens and indicators by water and wastewater treatment processes. Presents examples of the public health impact of foodborne and waterborne diseases in developing countries. Cross listed with EOH 546
GH 581 (0) HIV/AIDS Seminar
Spring and Fall. Offered exclusively to International Fellows. The HIV/AIDS Seminar is designed as a forum for Fellows participating in an international fellowship program (Humphrey, Foege, Muskie, Fogarty, etc.) to engage in open discussion regarding topics related to HIV/AIDS with one another and with experts in the field. Weekly discussions will be led by representatives from RSPH, Emory, the CDC, and from organizations across Atlanta. Topics will vary to cover a range of issues related to HIV/AIDS. The seminar will also include site visits to various organizations and facilities in the Atlanta metropolitan area related to HIV/AIDS service and research.
GH 582 (2) Global Climate Change: Health Impacts and Response
Fall. Explores the role of global climate change in changing patterns of infectious disease transmission, water and air pollution, drought, extreme precipitation and heat, and loss of coastal and arable land. The particularly serious vulnerability to climate change among developing world populations will be emphasized, as will the largely developed country emission sources driving the phenomenon. Topics include a review of the public health effects of global climate change, epidemiologic and other methods for understanding and studying these effects, the public health adaptation response, and health impacts of potential mitigation efforts and activities. Cross listed with EH 582.
GH 591Q (1) EpiInfo
Spring. EpiInfo is a data entry and analysis program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that runs under the Microsoft Windows operating system. Available for download free of charge, EpiInfo is widely used by public health professionals and is a popular choice in low resource settings.The purpose of this class is to provide an overview of the main EpiInfo programs including the creation of data entry screens, the construction of databases, data storage and analysis.
GH 591L (2) Assessment of Dietary Intakes
Spring. Course provides an overview of methods for estimating dietary intakes including 24-hour dietary recalls, food records, brief dietary instruments (screeners) and food frequency questionnaires in various formats (e.g. self and interview-administered in person, via the telephone and internet-based approaches). Issues related to the collection, processing, analysis and manipulation of dietary data in relation to foods, dietary patterns, nutrients, and dietary supplements and for specific research designs and special populations will also be addressed. Cross listed with EPI 591L.
GH 592 (1) Successful Scientific Writing for Public Health Professionals
Fall.Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading. This course takes an active, participatory approach to learn how to communicate the findings of research and investigations more effectively and expedite publication of manuscripts. With approximately 14 contact hours of in-class instruction, problem solving, and practical application, it is conducted in weekly, 2-hour sessions over the course of a 7-week half semester.Working in small groups, students spend much of their class time critiquing actual published and unpublished manuscripts, including their own, and solving a wide range of exercises that exemplify the real-world challenges that authors face. Free-form, in-class discussions make it possible for class members to learn from one another’s experiences. Students bring to class a draft thesis, study data, or a draft manuscript in development. They will be required to turn this material into a manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
GH 593 (2) Religion and Health in Context: Sexual and Reproductive Health
Fall. This course will offer a sustained critical analysis of the complicated relationship between religion and sexuality, particularly in relation to issues of central concern to sexual and reproductive health. In the course, students will examine the teachings of Christianity and Islam on sexuality from global perspectives, place those teachings in historical contexts, critically assess the impact of those teachings in the context of sexual and reproductive health initiatives in both national and international contexts, and work to align religion and sexual and reproductive health initiatives through group projects and case studies.
GH 594 (2) Opportunities in Global Cancer Prevention and Control
Fall. The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the global elements of cancer prevention and control. As a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide, cancer is increasingly being identified as a key concern for global health and an important development issue. This course will cover fundamental topics in global cancer prevention and control, including: cancer control planning, cancer surveillance, economic evaluation, primary and secondary prevention strategies, and policy interventions. The course will emphasize the applicability of existing cancer research and evidence-based practice to resource-limited settings.
GH 595R (0) Practicum
All. Complements academic training with practical, hands-on experience. All students must complete200 hours of practical public health experience relevant to the field of global health prior to receiving clearance for graduation. Along with registering this course students are required to enter practicum information in the Practicum Web Client.
GH 596 (3) Foundations in Maternal and Child Health
Fall. This is the foundational course for the Maternal and Child Health Certificate. It covers historical and theoretical underpinnings of maternal and child health problems and programs aimed to reduce morbidity, mortality, and health disparities. Skills in program planning and evaluation are taught through multidisciplinary teams working with academic and field-based faculty in local, state, federal, and non-governmental agencies. Maternal and child health is defined as a field of public health that addresses underlying forces for these problems, the historical framework for ameliorating those problems, and current programs and policies that have evolved from that historical context. Maternal and child health programs are unique to reproduction and life course development; more common in women, infants, children, or adolescents; more serious in women, infants, children, or adolescents; or have manifestations, risk factors, or interventions that are different in women or during life course development. Crosslisted with BSHE 596, EPI 596 and HPM 596
GH 597R (1-3) Directed Study
All. Provides the opportunity to pursue a specialized course of study in an area of special interest. Complements rather than replaces or substitutes for course work.
GH 598R (4) Special Studies Project
All. Students plan and implement a research project. Students write a paper that defines a problem in public health, reviews the literature on this subject, details the methodology for data collection and analysis, describes findings and conclusions, and discusses implications for public health.
GH 599R (4) Thesis
All. Students prepare a Research Thesis, Literature Review, or Special Study Project that embodies original work applicable to public health. It incorporates a proposition that has been successfully evaluated with appropriate statistical techniques, and is potentially publishable or has potential public health impact.