PH 181 Poverty and Population [2-3 units]
Globally one million more births than deaths occur every 112 hours, 90% in the poorest countries. Between 1960 and 1980, considerable attention was focused on rapid population growth. Afterwards, the attention has faded and investment in family planning evaporated. Family size among some of the poorest women is increasing. This course seeks to provide an understanding of the relationships between population growth, poverty, women’s autonomy, and health. It explores the political “fashions” underlying changing paradigms among demographers, and economists, and development specialists. (F,SP) Campbell, Hemm, Potts, Prata, Vahidnia
PH 180 Topics in Human Sexuality [2 units]
This course is built around an evolutionary perspective on the basis of human mating behavior and explores a variety of topics in human sexuality with the goal of helping us to understand ourselves and to understand and accept the behavior of others. The course takes examples from art, sociology, anatomy, anthropology, physiology, contemporary politics, and history to explore the richness of human sexual behavior and reproduction and the interaction between our biology and our culture. (SP) Potts
PH 212D International Health Specialty Area Core Course [3 units]
The International Health Core Course is a survey course for students who intend to work in developing countries. We review the main contributors to global burden of disease, discuss current interventions, and possible approaches for the future. Topics include the importance of scale, sustainability, international donor limitations, the role of consultants and technical assistance, the complexities of relationships between donors and recipients; franchising as a service delivery model; budgeting. Students are required to write a proposal for funding, a letter of intent, or critical analysis of a contemporary IH problem. (SP) Hosang, Potts, Walsh, Prata
PH 212E Private Sector Health Services in Developing Countries [3 units]
This course will serve students intending to conduct research, policy work, or program implementation in health services in developing countries. Topics covered will include definition and typology of private sector in various countries, theories of private sector regulation, motivation, and research. Methodological and practical issues in measuring provider importance, quality, and in influencing the activities of actors in private health delivery will be explored from viewpoints of both research and programmatic intervention. (SP), Prata
PH 213A Family Planning, Population Change, and Health [3 units]
Course examines the determinants of family size and the role played by contraception, voluntary sterilization, and induced abortion in the transition to small families. It looks at the factors controlling access to fertility regulation in developed and developing countries and discusses the factors that have made for successful family programs as well as those that have generated controversy. The course looks at the relationship between family planning and the health of women and children and at the role of family size in economic development and environmental problems. It looks at advances in family planning, organization, and promotion of services and discusses ethical issues facing providers. (F) Prata, Campbell, Potts
PH 298 Contemporary Women’s Health: Issues and Opportunities for Advocacy [2 units]
A practical and interactive course that examines chronic and emerging health issues that impact women’s health. Topics will include breast health, emergency contraception, microbicides, the HPV vaccine, off-label Misoprostol use, elective cesarean section , and infertility, among others. The course is arranged in 4 modules. Module 1 will examine case studies of three recent innovations. We will analyze each for clarity of outcomes from a PH perspective, stakeholder analysis, critical success factors and advocacy strategy. Module 2 will analyze a selection of contemporary women’s health issues in the USA from a public health perspective. Module 3 will discuss seemingly intractable challenges affecting women’s health in poor developing countries. In module 4 we give students an opportunity to practice their new advocacy skills on a selection of issues and opportunities.
Population and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) DeCal [2 units]
The United Nations established the eight millennium goals in 2000 to help alleviate poverty throughout the world. Can these goals be met? What is the missing link? Be apart of a class that will explore how to eradicate poverty, hunger, infant/child/maternal mortality knowing that population growth WILL effect the outcome. The Population and MDGs DeCal will feature guest speakers whose work focuses on a particular MDG each week. We will learn about these various interdisciplinary perspectives and discuss how the population growth factor underlies each one. This DeCal will be facilitated by Leah Marsh and supervised by Professor Malcolm Potts and the School of Public Health.
Course scheduling for the current term can be found on the Schedule of Classes. Course descriptions are available in the General Catalog