Summer Institute on Public Health: Global to Local Perspectives

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Summer Institute on Public Health: Global to Local Perspectives



Department of Public Health Sciences


1st Session   (International courses)  May 13 – June 8


PHS 5815  Social Determinants of Child Health  (St. Kitts)   (Richardson)

Participants will learn and apply the tenets of social determinants of child health as they explore and analyze child asthma challenges in St. Kitts and Nevis. Culturally respectful engagement will be emphasized in the assessment of existing resources and the development of community-based health education materials sensitive to the priorities of the indigenous people of St. Kitts and Nevis.


PHS 5820  Ethical and Methodological Issues in Public Health Research (Africa)   (Colvin)

PHS 5821  Practicum in Public Health Field Research (Africa)

New summer study abroad course that provides a unique opportunity for mentored public health research.  Two 3-credit courses, one a classroom-based research methods and ethics course, and the other a practicum in field research.  For the practicum, students will participate each day in an ongoing, real-world research project.  Projects will be highly multi-disciplinary & may include questions, theory & methods from anthropology, epidemiology, health systems, political science, sociology, gender studies, education, psychology & development studies.  More info can be found at



PHS 3817/5817  Global Public Health Policy, Ethics & Governance (Geneva)   (Gaare-Bernheim)

Public health challenges increasingly cross national boundaries & require global strategies & organizations to address them.  This course will provide an introduction to global public health policy through site visits & seminars with health professionals at such international organization in Geneva as the World Health Organization & the United Nations.  Students will explore the impact of the contextual factors that influence the global burden of disease, including political, economic, environmental & cultural aspects of globalization; will identify major global health challenges, & will assess current global strategies to address a range of challenges from infectious disease to non-communicable disease & injury.  Students also will examine The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the International Health Regulations.  Interwoven throughout the course will be an examination of underlying dimensions of policy making, including the governance & structure of relevant international institutions & the ethical underpinnings of policies, such as priority-setting & justice. 

The course will meet in Geneva from May 27-June 7.



2nd Session  June 10 – July 6 


PHS 3102/5102 Introduction to Public Health Research: Population Data Analysis (Pannone)

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to use population data to answer research questions.  Students will utilize SPSS to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data.  The course will give students an opportunity to generate hypotheses and variables to measure health problems.  The course will also describe how the public health infrastructure is used to collect, process, maintain, and disseminate data.


PHS 3103/5103 Introduction to Epidemiology: Case Studies on Healthy Lifestyles & Disease Prevention (Eby)

This undergraduate course provides an introduction to basic epidemiology concepts, including measures of frequency and association, study design, and methodological issues such as confounding.  Students will use case studies and team projects, as well as literature reviews, to examine strategies for promoting healthy behavior and lifestyles and addressing such public health challenges as obesity and tobacco abuse.  


3rd Session  July 8 – August 3


PHS 3090/5090  Health Care Economics  (Wanchek)

Reviews principles of economics most relevant to analyzing changes in health care provision and applies those principles to current health care institutions and their performance, trends in health care service delivery, and methods of forecasting future trends.  Prerequisite: Instructor permission.


PHS 3186/5186  Comparative Health Care Systems (Massaro)  Tues/Thurs 9:00am-2:30pm

Provides a background for students who may be interested in learning about challenges and opportunities for improvement in health status for citizens in all countries.  Although at the operational level, each national system is unique, there are common characteristics that permeate the design & structure of most health care delivery sectors. The initial module will provide a basic vocabulary for analysis of health system organization & outcomes. The major health reform activities occurring in both developed & developing countries will be highlighted. The course will conclude with an assessment of various tools, techniques, approaches, & cultural changes that will be required if the transformation of these national health systems it to be successful.




The undergraduate courses listed above meet some requirements of the Global Public Health Minor and Global Public Health Major Programs, as well as some other undergraduate programs (For more information about requirements meet with your program advisor).



For More Information:

Tracey Brookman

(434) 924-8646