How do we analyze the health of global populations in a time of unprecedented crisis, and create new policies that address the social, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of health in an increasingly interdependent world?
Extraordinary changes in the world present both risks and opportunities to health—unprecedented interconnections across borders, rapidly shifting global demographics, and changing patterns of diseases and injuries. This course will challenge your assumptions about the world’s populations as you discover surprising similarities and unexpected differences between and within countries. By first positioning the concept of health as a fundamental prerequisite for building strong societies, we will explore its connection to human rights, international relations, and sustainable development. Tackling a wide array of infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases, and injuries, we examine the influence of social, political, and environmental determinants on health, particularly transnational risks associated with globalization, in an interdisciplinary way. We consider solutions from an array of perspectives, contributions from within and outside the health sector, and interventions at the local, national, and global levels. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to thoughtfully analyze important health challenges and appreciate how evidence is contextualized and translated to policy and action.