The course introduces students to global health topics with a particular emphasis on sociological determinants of health and illness and inequalities in health outcomes across global regions, social class, race, and gender. Major substantive topics include demographic and epidemiological transitions, gender and reproductive health, human rights, and disparities in the "global burden of disease." In this course, we will also evaluate the role of state actors and policies, international institutions, such as the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in the organization and delivery of health services, both in the Global South and within disadvantaged communities in the Global North.
Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology.
Satisfies Medical Humanities and International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor requirements.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.