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: Professor Rycki Maltby, PhD, RN, FRCNA, Professor, Department of Nursing CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION: This course explores global public health and global health challenges affecting people primarily in developing or resource-constrained countries. Cultural competency concepts will be embedded. DETAILED DESCRIPTION: The on-line course will be divided into modules each of which may take 1-3 weeks. We will examine basic principles of global public health, culture and health behavior, social determinants of health, the burden of disease (infectious, chronic, mental health), reproductive health, complex humanitarian emergencies, and global health agencies and collaborations. OBJECTIVES: By the end of the course, students should be able to 1. Describe how principles of public health are applied in a global context 2. Discuss determinants of health, including ethical and human rights issues 3. Evaluate the burden of disease across countries 4. Analyze complex humanitarian emergencies 5. Appraise the role of international health organizations 6. Determine how to develop partnerships to solve global public health issues
Teaching Strategies This will be an on-line course. Strategies may include readings, videos, discussion board postings, presentations, and guest speakers. Text: Merson, M. H., Balck, R. E., & Mills, A. J. (2012). Global health: Diseases, programs, systems, and policies (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. Additionally, there will be a variety of readings incorporated into the course.
Course Assignments/Evaluation Methods Assignment Discussion board postings Wiki contributions Paper Percentage of Grade 50 25 30 Date Due Throughout Throughout Final week
Discussion Board Postings Questions will be posted in the Course Modules which you will address on the class discussion board. You will need to respond to each question AND make a minimum of 2 comments to classmates (more than “I agree”!) for each question. I expect at least 100-150 words per response. You will also need at least one research article or website woven into the discussion during one of those responses (include reference). Grading will be based on number and quality of responses, as well as article/website inclusion. Wiki Contributions This is where you will post interesting/informative articles, websites, newspaper articles, tools, and any other item that you think the class would enjoy/benefit. Each student must post at least one professional article, one website, one newspaper article, one other item related to your interest. Be sure to make a comment about what you have posted, ie. how can we use the information in our professional public health practice? You must also comment on at least four postings by your classmates. Grading will be based on number of postings, relevance, and comments. Paper The goal of this paper is to synthesize key concepts from class as they relate to a specific identified global public health issue. Choose a topic of interest to you that crosses borders (for example, child growth stunting is not an issue for just one country but occurs in many areas of the world). Explain why this is a global public health issue. What are the social determinants that apply to the issue? Provide evidence from the literature.
Describe two interventions that have been trialed to solve the issue. Include at least two pros and cons of each. Is there a unique intervention that you can suggest? Are there international agencies involved and what are they doing? What are some of the ethical issues that may be involved? Address the role (or potential role) of government/health care system in managing the issue.
Length: 8-10 pages, double spaced, 12cpi. Length does not include title page or references. Follow the guidelines for written assignments. Guidelines for Written Assignments ‘A’ Level 1. Introduction is comprehensive, gives reader good direction, ‘sets the scene’, and is followed throughout paper. 2. Summary/conclusion is thoughtful and relevant. 3. Fundamental issues addressed in depth with original arguments and critical judgements, demonstrating insight and creativity. 4. Current and classic primary literature sources are utilized. 5. Writing style shows evidence of individuality, unity and fluency. 6. Overall presentation of the paper is professional with no errors in syntax, spelling, etc. (i.e. Proper English language usage), and follows APA format. ‘B’ Level 1. Introduction gives reader direction and is addressed throughout the paper. 2. Summary/conclusion is clear and concise. 3. Fundamental issues addressed with evidence of some original arguments and critical judgments. 4. Current literature sources utilized (primary and secondary) 5. Writing style is fluent with evidence of individuality and clarity. 6. Overall presentation of paper is neat and well organized with few minor errors in syntax, spelling, etc. (i.e. Proper English language usage), and follows APA format. C’ Level 1. Introduction gives reader direction. 2. Summary/conclusion is clear and concise. 3. Fundamental issues described but limited originality of arguments and few critical judgments. 4. Limited literature sources are utilized (current and/or classic). 5. Writing style is fluent and some evidence of individuality and clarity. 6. Overall presentation of paper is neat and minor errors in syntax, spelling, etc. (i.e. proper English language usage), and follows APA format.