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Global Health

Graduate Diploma

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Spring 2017.

This diploma provides complementary graduate training in the basics of global health practice to those interested in learning more about global health methods and concepts.

In addition to core courses, elective courses help students apply learning experiences to their global health interests and activities.

The diploma is a useful adjunct to clinical training (e.g. medicine or nursing), academic training in complementary fields (e.g. development, international relations, public policy) and for those who wish to work internationally, or learn about global health research challenges and practice.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Spring 2017.

Program Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 22 units, including all of the following core courses

HSCI 801 - Biostatistics for Population Health Practice I (4)

Basic statistical concepts as applied to diverse problems in epidemiologic and public health research. Emphasizes interpretation and concepts rather than calculations. Basic study designs' statistics. Descriptive and graphical methods, fundamentals of probability distribution, rates and standardization, contingency tables, odds ratios, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, life tables, Linear regression.

HSCI 802 - Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (4)

The underlying concepts and methods of epidemiology in the context of population and public health. Students will acquire skills in the critical interpretation of the epidemiologic literature, methods for measuring disease frequency and effect, evaluation of study design, and assessment of bias and confounding.

HSCI 821 - Introduction to Global Health (3)

This is a survey course in global health. The course introduces students to fundamental concepts, frameworks and vocabulary that underwrite the logics of global health, as well as important histories and milestones in the field. A survey will be conducted of the most significant topic areas in the field, considering epidemiological patterns, etiology, approaches to improving health outcomes and the policy ramifications of our knowledge.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 John Calvert
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 9021, Burnaby
HSCI 822 - Global Health Governance (3)

Focuses on the rationales and institutional arrangements needed for collective action to address the health impacts arising from globalization. Using case studies, the course provides understanding of the practical challenges of policy making and diplomacy in a global context. The roles and limitations of key institutional actors and governance instruments are assessed, along with emerging forms of global health governance as collective action responses to global health needs.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Kelley Lee
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 5118, Burnaby

and eight additional units chosen from the list of elective courses that follow.

In addition to the core courses listed above, students also complete a minimum of three elective courses, two of which must be chosen from global health area requirements

HSCI 804 - Biostatistics for Population Health Practice II (3)

Statistical methods related to public health. Probability distributions, basic statistical inference on means and proportions and general concepts of hypothesis testing. Measures of association. Simple and multivariable linear regression models, dummy variables, and logistic regression models. Survival data analysis. Prerequisite: HSCI 801.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Hui Xie
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 11660, Burnaby
HSCI 805 - Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods (3)

Designing, conducting, analyzing, and interpreting epidemiologic research. Theoretical frameworks, concepts of inference, measures of disease occurrence and effect, study designs, issues in measurement, bias, confounding, and interaction. Critical assessment of the epidemiologic and public health literature. Prerequisite: HSCI 801 and 802.

HSCI 823 - Health, Gender and Development (3)

Central role played by gender in health and development. Relationship of gender inequities to access to and control of resources needed to protect health. Use of gender lens in evaluating health systems and economic outcomes. Practical application of gender in health development approach to health financing, resource allocation policy problems in resource-constrained nations. A case studies approach.

HSCI 825 - Advocacy and Communication (3)

Health advocacy, the policy framework within which it operates, its key principles, skills, and practice issues. Role, theories, and methods of health communication and advocacy in global health from the community to global level. Useful means: media advocacy, community mobilization, and trans-national collaboration. Use of information technology to promote population health and pro-health policy change. A case studies approach.

HSCI 826 - Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

Practical approaches to health needs assessment, needs prioritization, health program planning, and health program evaluation in low-to-middle income countries and/or resource-poor settings. Gender-based analyses are emphasized throughout. A case study approach.

HSCI 829 - Health Policy Making in a Global Context (3)

A case-study based approach to policy analysis, formation, decision-making and evaluation in global health contexts. Frameworks for developing policy. Program planning and evaluation methodologies.

HSCI 830 - Health Promotion in Partnership: Catalyzing Change (3)

Build knowledge and skills around working with others to enable change and empower individuals and communities to improve their health. Provide strategic direction to foment participation, mobilizing resources for health promotion, and build capacity. Use a social ecological framework as a guide to theories and frameworks of health behavior. Students occupy central facilitation role in the classroom to help model and practice health promotion skills.

HSCI 855 - Health Promotion in Practice (3)

The values and principles that guide health promotion practice in Canada and in other contexts. The evolution of health promotion core strategies and concepts. Participatory and system approaches to advocacy, inter-sectoral and community action. Innovation and leadership to influence health promotion interventions and policies. Prerequisite: HSCI 901.

HSCI 870 - Global Health and International Affairs (3)

Intersection of international affairs and global health. Pressing global health issues are analyzed as they intersect with the global economy, international development, and security.

and the third course can be chosen from HSCI graduate courses, or from other Simon Fraser University graduate programs. Students should choose electives in consultation with the co-ordinator and/or director, graduate programs.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.