This intensive course for motivated high school students offers a college-level interdisciplinary survey of global health. Students will examine and compare intra- and inter-national differences in both disease burden and characteristics, quality, and access to healthcare systems to address those burdens. The course will study the intersections of nutrition, taking note of medical, economic, social, epidemiological, and political contributors to healthcare access and quality, and enable students to think critically about the broader implications of health as a human right.
The course includes discussions with University faculty and expert practitioners, combining an academic assessment of the fundamental challenges of global health with case-study and project-based instruction related to global health. Students will engage in research, visit clinics, interact with field experts, and make team presentations on their findings.
The course involves field trips to the OSF Jump Simulation and Education Center in Peoria. Students that successfully complete the course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.
Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Global health is a relatively new concept emerging two decades to describe health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries and which may be influences by circumstances or experiences in other countries which are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions (Institute of Medicine, USA 1997).
Global health education and research is inherently multidisciplinary involving the fields of social science, natural science, behavioral science, law, economics, engineering, environmental science, and agriculture.
Visit the Understanding Global Health website for full details.
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