Global Health


1. Identify health problems most pertinent to underserved populations, and characterize these problems in terms of measurable health indicators.
2. Propose programs for managing and controlling these disorders and evaluate the impact of such programs.
3. Evaluate and participate in field research programs related to health problems in underserved populations
4. Produce written reports of research or programmatic findings, related to health problems in underserved populations

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandre Vieira Abrantes


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Total - 20

Teaching language



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1. Skolnick, Richard L.. Essentials of Global Health(Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008)
2. Levine, R.  Case studies in Global Health (Jones and Bartelett Publishers, 2007)
3. Merson M. H., Balck R.E., Mills A. J. Global Health. Diseases, Programs, Systems and Policies. Third edition.  (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2012)
4. Birn A-E, Pillay Y., Holtz, T.H.: Textbook of International Health – third Edition (Oxford University Press, 2009)
5. Fried, B., Gaydos M.,  World Health Systems, Second Edition (Health Administration Press, 2012)

Teaching method

1. Lectures and seminars with discussion of case studies relevant to the topic under discussion.
2. Review of publications on health problems in underserved populations.
3. Evaluate health programs in underserved populations.
4. Prepare concept notes for proposing a program or project to address the health problems in underserved populations.
5. a) two group work presentations in class (40%) c) an essay of 10 pages on a topic to be agreed between the teacher and student (60%).

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. Concepts in International and Global Health. Opportunities and careers in international health
2. Health and development. Health indicators and sources of health information
3. Determinants of health. Health and the environment.  Health and society.
4. MDGs. Nutrition, reproductive health,
5. MDGs 2: infant and child health.  HIV
6. Communicable and neglected diseases.  Malaria. Neglected diseases
7. Chronic and degenerative diseases.  Accidents and violence.
8. Globalization, trade, migration and health
9. Health systems around the world
10. Natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies
11. Health and the economy.  Public Expenditure Reviews
12. Science, technology and health.  Vaccines and pharmaceuticals


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