GHS 425 - Global Health Transitions

Students explore how societal transformations such as industrialization, colonization, or globalization, can transform patterns of health and approaches to health prevention and management. These large-scale patterns can result in: changes in where and how people live, such as nomadic to agrarian, rural to urban; and demographic changes such as size of families, average lifespan, and occupation. Each of these changes can result in significant secondary and tertiary impacts to health including access to sufficient nutritious foods, transportation, education, and even support structures (tight knit communities to widely dispersed networks). Students will examine these patterns and explore and critique developmental theory that aims to predict and respond to changes. Students will use a comparative approach exploring large health data sets, and also case studies to explore how various transitions have impacted health and healthcare delivery in specific communities throughout the globe. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Distribution Requirements: CL, IP. Note: This course counts as Social Science for the purpose of satisfying the College distribution requirement for students who matriculated before Fall 2016.
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