Fall 2019 - HSCI 160 E100

Global Perspectives on Health (3)

Class Number: 2608

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2019
    Sat, 7:00–10:00 p.m.



An introduction to the differences in health and health services among the nations of the globe. Vulnerable sub-populations worldwide and their special health needs. Mechanisms whereby events in one country can impact health in another. Future worldwide health risks, their economic and health consequences. SARS, avian 'flu,' West Nile virus, 'mad cow disease,' antibiotic resistant malaria or tuberculosis. Dangers to rich and poor nations from ignoring health problems in developing world. Breadth-Social Sciences.


The primary aim of the course is to engage and inspire students about the opportunities and challenges in global health. This is an overview of issues in global health from many different viewpoints and provides general understanding of factors/dynamics that affect the health of human populations and efforts to improve it. What is the difference between the health of an individual and the health of a population, vulnerable populations, and global population? What’s the burden of disease and who shoulders the greatest proportion of it? What are the determinants of health, what’s the role of culture, lifestyle, health beliefs, environmental factors, access to health services and other resources? The course will answer these and many other questions from the global perspective; it will also look at the changing pattern of population health and diseases in the world and will discuss major challenges and emerging issues.


By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Key public health concepts, including: demographic and epidemiological transitions, burden of disease, impact of key health conditions on individuals and communities, and critical issues in health services delivery;
  • The determinants of health and risk factors for diseases and conditions from the global perspective;
  • The burden of disease in various regions of the world and how it varies both within and across countries;
  • health disparities, vulnerable populations;
  • The multi-directional links between health and socio-economic factors,
  • The role of the key actors/organizations in global health and the manner in which they cooperate to address global health issues


  • Quizzes 45%
  • Assignment 15%
  • Final Project 35%
  • Online Activity 5%



Textbook: Richard Skolnik, Global Health 101, Third Edition, 2016.

Lecture notes will be posted on Canvas.

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