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101  Introduction to Global Health  (1.5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): E. Hall, C. Stewart

Restrictions: None       Activities: Seminar

The Introduction to Global Health course will cover major global health problems, the actions and approaches to addressing them. With assigned readings expected to be done before class, students will engage in debates, discussions in seminar style breakout groups. There will be the opportunity to explore global health careers. This is an elective course, but is a requirement for those planning to do the global health pathway (for those entering school 2009 or later).

101X  Introduction to Global Health  (1.5 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): C. Stewart       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Web-based course work

The Introduction to Global Health online course will cover major global health problems, the actions and approaches to addressing them. This is an entirely online version of GLOBL HLTH 101. Students will engage in a series of online modules including videos, assessments, and activities. There will be the opportunity to explore global health careers. This is an elective course, but is a prerequisite for those planning to do the global health pathway (for those entering school 2009 or later).

103  Global Health Pathways Project and Career Development  (7.5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Stewart, M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): Prior approval from Course Instructors (Global Health Pathways Directors) regarding project and mentor

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course will survey key topics, concepts and vocabulary of global health practice and focus on the development and background work necessary to complete a scholarly project for the global health pathway. Students will study major global health challenges, strategies for responding to them, and key global health institutions. They will develop skills in project management and leadership for their future global health careers. Enrollment is restricted to Global health Pathway Program students.

201A  Foundations of Global Health  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): G. Rutherford       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course introduces the principles of global health by examining different health systems and health metrics with particular emphasis on low and middle income countries. Content will cover demographics, population growth, maternal and child health, migrant health, health effects of climate and environment, poverty and health equity, health governance and key institutions, research, development and philanthropy.

201B  Global Health Economics  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): J. Kahn       Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in GLOBL HLTH 201A, 201C, 203A, 202C.

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

Wide survey of issues and concepts in global health economics, including costing, economic & disease metrics, the relationship of health and wealth, the U.S. health system and reform, the role of the private sector, financial flows in health assistance, cost-effectiveness analysis, resource allocation (incl. ethics), and workforce. Classes combine lecture and participatory seminars (with presentations and debates). Each student develops a systematic review or research protocol as a term paper.

201C  Qualitative Research Approaches in Global Health  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): W. Steward       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course places a particularly strong emphasis on developing skills for conducting qualitative interviews, which are a frequently used technique for answering social and behavioral research questions. It addresses the following questions: What methods can health professionals use to understand the socio-political-cultural environments where they work? Which methods are most appropriate for which research questions? How are qualitative research methods implemented?

202A  Communicable Diseases of Global Importance  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): V. Jain, C. Yoon       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course covers global communicable diseases, including the biology, history, epidemiology, and economics of key infections. We will focus on HIV infection, malaria, tuberculosis, and other communicable diseases of international importance. Through lectures, seminars, and independent study, students will learn about the basic principles of infection and immunity, disease epidemiology and pathogenesis, and varied aspects of the treatment and control of leading infections.

202B  Non Communicable Diseases of Global Importance  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): J. Seward       Prerequisite(s): NONE.

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program.      

The content of this course covers chronic diseases of global health importance such as the emergence of diabetes, changes in cancer patterns, respiratory disease, oral health, and the consequences of urbanization and westernization. In addition, the course will emphasize maternal and child health, mental health, nutrition, injuries, humanitarian emergencies, and consequences of environmental degradation and climate change.

202D  Socio-cultural and Behavioral Determinants of Health  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): K. Knight

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course will examine social, cultural and behavioral determinants of health. Moving from social theories to behavior, the course will cover the effects of socio-economic inequality on population health. The course will draw on faculty expertise and experience in a variety of global contexts, allowing students to compare and contrast the varied influences of cultures on health. The course will combine the approaches of anthropologists, sociologists, and behavioral scientists to inform health.

202F  Strategic Information in Global Health  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): G. Rutherford       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course will cover the following topics: use of surveillance and programmatic data for estimating burden of disease and trends in disease; sampling and estimating size of hard-to-reach populations (e.g., respondent-driven sampling, time-location sampling, capture-recapture); data synthesis and triangulation; outbreak investigation; and monitoring and evaluation.

203A  Global Health Practice Seminar  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This goal of this year-long course is to cultivate all of the skills necessary to develop and complete a capstone proposal. At the end of this course, students will be proficient in: 1) Scientific Writing, 2) Team-based Learning, 3) Presentation Skills, and 4) Ethics, and 5) Scientific Process. The skills built to complete a successful capstone project will be applicable to future global health career paths.

203B  Global Health Practice Seminar  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This year-long course is to develop all the skills necessary to develop and complete a capstone proposal. 5 main proficiencies:1) Scientific Writing, 2) Team-based Learning Skills, 3) Professional Development, 4) Presentation Skills, and 5) Scientific Process. The project will require mastery of these five proficiencies. In each quarter, we will build on each of these proficiencies. The overall goal of this course is to establish skills that are applicable to future global health career paths.

203C  Global Health Practice Seminar  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Program.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This year-long course is to develop all the skills necessary to develop and complete a capstone proposal. 5 main proficiencies:1) Scientific Writing, 2) Team-based Learning Skills, 3) Professional Development, 4) Presentation Skills, and 5) Scientific Process. The project will require mastery of these five proficiencies. In each quarter, we will build on each of these proficiencies. The overall goal of this course is to establish skills that are applicable to future global health career paths.

203D  Global Health Practice Seminar  (2 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This is part four of a year-long course intended to develop all the skills necessary to complete and develop a capstone proposal. The five main proficiencies are: 1) Scientific Writing, 2) Team-based Learning Skills, 3) Professional Development, 4) Presentation Skills, and 5) Scientific Process. The development and successful completion of the capstone project will require mastery of these proficiencies. This course will establish skills that are applicable to future global health career paths.

204A  Global Health Capstone  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Seminar, Field Work

All students will enroll in this course while completing their independent capstone project. Students will be responsible for continually assessing their own progress and discussing with their mentors their progress and the application of their didactic learning to their particular setting. They will spend the entire two months on this project.

204B  Global Health Capstone  (4 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Seminar, Field Work

The Capstone project provides a rich opportunity to explore an interest area in considerable depth. You are required to develop a longitudinal project, starting in the fall quarter, culminating in a final written and oral presentation at the end of summer quarter. Students will work closely with the Practice Seminar (GHS 203) course faculty to develop an appropriate project based on interest, skills and an available field site where UCSF has an ongoing project.

205  Policy and Development in Global Health  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): L. Schmidt       Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of GHS 201A, 201B, 202A, 202B, 203A, and 203B.

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Program.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course will introduce policy and development in the context of global health. Students will examine the structure and function of evidence-based policy planning and implementation using selected case studies. Learning the skills of assessment, monitoring, and evaluation, students will examine global health development interventions ranging from disease control to eradication to health promotion. Use of guest lecturers will acquaint the students with field experiences and practical outcomes.

206  Introduction to Epidemiology  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Steinmaus       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director.   Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

To introduce basic principles of biomedical epidemiology research. Topics: goals and basic principles of epidemiology for public health research, descriptions of the basic study designs used in epi (case-control, cohort, cross-sectional, ecologic, descriptive and others), common errors seen in epi (confounding and bias) and how epi research is used to advance public health. Specific topics: study design, bias, confounding, data collection, ethics, causal inference, and meta-analysis.

207  Introduction to Biostatistics  (3 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences Masters Degree Program, unless expressly given permission by the course director and MS Program Director. Due to a special agreement with the Masters in Translational Medicine and the Biomedical Engineering Programs, those students will be given priority for any additional spaces in selected courses. However, approval by course director and both program directors required.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course will provide an introduction to biostatistics. Topics from probability and descriptive statistics through to bivariate analyses and concluding with multivariable modeling theory. Parametric and nonparametric statistical methods will be taught. R statistical software will be used for analyses.

208  Women's Health and Empowerment  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

The course's main purpose is to provide core knowledge and skills from several disciplines on how to improve women's health and well-being, globally. It aims to expand students' understanding of the interconnected factors that influence women's empowerment and health, including economic development, political frameworks, population changes, educational opportunities, social changes, and advances in gender equality.

209  Comparative Health Systems: Financing and Delivering Health  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): N. Feachem       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course will examine the most important models for financing and delivering health care around the world. The course will provide a historical and cultural perspective on how countries organize their health systems, and discuss the implications of these policy choices on cost, access, and quality of care.

210A  Emerging Topics in Global Health  (0.5 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Dandu, K. Baltzell       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course will feature lectures on timely and emerging aspects of global health incorporating leading experts from the Bay Area and visiting distinguished professors.

210B  Emerging Topics in Global Health  (0.5 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Dandu, K. Baltzell       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course will feature lectures on timely and emerging aspects of global health incorporating leading experts from the Bay Area and visiting distinguished professors.

211  Global Health Clinical Scholars Course  (4.5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): C. Stewart       Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Global Health Clinical Scholars Program at: http://www.globalhealthsciences.ucsf.edu/education/ClinicalScholars/

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course will survey key topics, concepts and vocabulary of global health practice and focus on the development of a scholarly project for the global health pathway within advanced clinical programs. Participants will study key institutions in the global health arena, global health challenges and the strategies for responding to them, and develop skills in project management and leadership for their future global health careers. Enrollment is restricted to Clinical Scholars Program trainees.

212  Global Health Law  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): Instructor approval required.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course will take a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to public health law, exploring how countries provide and regulate health care.

213  Systematic Review For Global Health Decision-making  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Dandu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Seminar

This course will be composed of weekly lectures, student led seminars, and group discussions in which we will discuss Cochrane and other high-quality systematic reviews in the published literature. Guest lecturers will present specific dimensions of the course.

248  Teaching Residency  (1 - 2 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences PhD Program.       Activities: Laboratory

The purpose of the teaching residency is to allow students to increase their knowledge in an area of interest, to present and explain the material to others in an effective manner, and to build their base of teaching experience in preparation for future academic positions.

249  Research Rotation  (2 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Completion of first quarter of doctoral study and consent of adviser.

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences PhD Program.       Activities: Laboratory

The student will participate in ongoing faculty research. This experience will contribute to the students methodological or substantive expertise. Research Rotations provide extensive specialized experiential training with a specific deliverable (e.g. survey instrument, statistical plan, manuscript). During the Research Rotation the student is apprenticed under a specific member of the research team (the Rotation Director), who manages and is responsible for the experience.

250A  Doctoral Seminar  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): E. Fair       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: First-year PhD in Global Health Sciences students.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

The doctoral seminar is designed to educate students about interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges, provide career training/mentorship in global health research, and enable students to advance their academic and research skills, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the development of the doctoral student’s dissertation research in global health.

250B  Doctoral Seminar  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): L. Thompson       Prerequisite(s): GLOBL HLTH 250A

Restrictions: Enrollment in Global Health Sciences PhD Program.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course engages students in scholarly inquiry around competencies in global health research, specifically focusing on their dissertation research. It is the second in a three-quarter seminar series. By the end of the seminar, students will have drafted a set of recommendations for advanced level competencies for a doctoral program in global health. Based on their own area of research, they will describe different study designs, data collection procedures and analyses for their dissertation.

250C  Doctoral Seminar  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): L. Thompson       Prerequisite(s): GLOBL HLTH 250B

Restrictions: This course is required for doctoral students in global health       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

The purpose of the doctoral seminar is to engage students in scholarly inquiry around competencies in global health research, specifically focusing on their dissertation research. In this course, students will review the literature and explore content and areas of concentration in global health doctoral programs at other US institutions. Based on findings, students will jointly develop a set of recommendations for advanced level competencies for doctoral students in global health.

251  Advanced Topics in Global Health  (2 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Cooke       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: First year PhD in Global Health Sciences students.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

This course serves as a foundation for doctoral level studies in global health. It assumes a basic familiarity with the fundamental principles and concepts in global health. Students will study the social and environmental factors affecting health, major global health challenges, and the role of national, multilateral and non-governmental actors. The course will also serve to introduce the students to the UCSF global health community, both within and beyond GHS.

252  Health Systems Strengthening  (2 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): E. Goosby       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Priority given to students enrolled in the PhD in Global Health Sciences program. If space permits, other doctoral students may apply through the course coordinator.       Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Project

Students will learn through case studies how to apply a systematic, evidence-based approach designed to bring about significant improvement in patient and population health outcomes, efficiency and effectiveness of systems and processes of care, and social responsiveness and accountability. By the end of the course, students will demonstrate an understanding of how workforce capacity and supply chain demands are evaluated and strengthened in low and middle income countries.

294  Independent Study  (1 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Independent Study

This independent study course will involve in-depth study in a chosen field of global health importance that will result in a grant submission, publication or research paper. The student will submit an outline of goals and objectives that must be approved by the Program Director and the Faculty Advisor.