GHS-Global Health Studies

GHS 600. Fundamentals of Global Health. 3 Hours.

This course is one of three intergrated core courses in the UAB Certificate in Global Health designed to introduce students to the foundations of global health prgrams, policies and practices.

GHS 604. Infectious Diseases of Global Health Significance. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to equip participants with up-to-date- knowledge on major infections of global importance, and prevention and control strategies so that infections and large disease outbreaks can be prevented and/or easily contained.

GHS 605. Disabilities and Global Health. 3 Hours.

This course explores current paradigms and models for defining and categorizing disability based on various international agreements and documents.

GHS 606. Critical Issues in Global Maternal and Child Health. 3 Hours.

This course is an elective module for students enrolled in UAB Certificate in Global Health program. Mothers and children in developing countries are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of the world's population. This course defines the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) discipline, describes the current practices and challenges, and compares global strategies and potential solutions.

GHS 607. Global Health and Gender. 3 Hours.

Sex and gender are both important determinants of health. Biological sex and socially constructed gender interact to produce differential risks and vulnerability to ill health, differences in health seeking behavior, in health care providers' response and in health outcomes for women and men. Gender differences in morbidity and mortality represent `avoidable¿ and/or `unfair¿ inequalities in health. Because gender is socially constructed, gender-based inequities in health are amenable to policy and program interventions. This course is designed to help public health students, policy makers, health care providers and health researchers understand concepts related to gender and to apply them in an analysis of specific policies and programs. The course will enable participants to identify the gendered nature of issues like violence and sexuality and how these affect health. The course provides participants with support to apply a gender perspective to program planning, policy analysis, or a research design as part of their final assignment.

GHS 608. Food and Nutrition in Resource Limited Settings. 2 Hours.

This course will provide to graduate and professional students a general overview of the facts, research finding underlying nutrition and the relationships to acute and chronic diseases worldwide and their impact productivity and economic development.

GHS 609. Environmental Health in Resource Limited Settings. 3 Hours.

Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the complex roles played by the environment as a major determinant of health and identify the major environmental health issues confronting populations in a resource-limited setting.

GHS 610. Refugee Health Care. 3 Hours.

This course is one of the elective courses of the UAB Global Health Studies Certificate program, and is designed for professionals undertaking the GHS continuing education certificate as well as UAB graduate students enrolled in the GHS graduate certificate program. The course addresses the issues of refugees and the agencies concerned with their protection, human rights, and coordination and provision of care.

GHS 611. International NGO Management. 3 Hours.

The course addresses issues for managers of NGOs primarily at the field level of operation with special emphasis on project management. It begins with the history of international organizations and their roles in aid, development, and human rights. It follows with analysis of NGO organizational structure and function, roles, and the responsibilities of various stakeholders at the macro and micro level. Project development, planning, implementation, and evaluation will be addressed. Management principles and skills will also include budget preparation and staff/human resource management.

GHS 617. Global Health: Principles & Practice. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the world¿s vast diversity of determinants of good- and ill-health. It examines major global health policies, and stimulates students to analyze health problems, prevention, early detection, and treatment priorities in different nations. The course provides an opportunity to analyze the role of national and international development agencies and NGOs in global health policy and practice and to critically appraise health care delivery systems in different parts of the world. Current and emerging global health priorities are analyzed. New health challenges brought about by globalization, environmental changes, and economic development are discussed.

GHS 618. Global Health: Principles & Practices II. 3 Hours.

This course will explore in depth the causality of major diseases in underdeveloped and developing nations and the creation of health care systems and social policies to counteract them. This course will also focus on the interventions targeting the UN¿s Millennium Development Goals as they pass the halfway point to achieve them.

GHS 620. Infect Dis Surveillane & Contr. 3 Hours.

The primary focus of the course is vector ecology and biology, infectious disease surveillance and control, and water and sanitation in a developing country, with an emphasis on field and community-based learning. This class will take place in Jamaica and you must be accepted by the Sparkman Center for Global Health.

GHS 629. Intensive Global Health Training - SIFAT. 3 Hours.

Become a better Global Citizen by learning critical issues on Household Energy use in the developing world that affect health, environmental sustainability, gender equity, economics, and the development of millions of families and communities globally. Learn what you can do to make a difference. Be a part of the solution for a better world!.

GHS 630. Field Training in World Hunger and Malnutrition: Practical Skills to Make a Difference. 3-6 Hours.

This two week intensive field training course will take place at SIFAT's 176-acre international training campus in Lineville, AL. Students will attend didactic sessions and participate in hands on activities and simulations. SIFAT trainers are experienced in international development and cross-cultural dynamics. On-site Field Training.

GHS 640. Social Responsibility in Global Health. 1 Hour.

This course provides students with an understanding of key social and economic concepts of global health that, together with an understanding of interprofessional collaboration and community partnerships, will enable them to participate in developing and implementing sustainable global health projects in collaboration with local and international community partners. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in two co-requisite courses that are requirements for students participating in the interprofessional global health service learning program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

GHS 641. Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) and Community Partnerships in Global Health. 1 Hour.

This course provides students with an understanding of principles of interprofessional collaboration and community partnerships that, together with key social and economic concepts of global health, enables them to participate in developing and implementing sustainable global health projects in collaboration with local and international community partners.

GHS 642. Introprofessional Global Health Service Learning I: Project Planning. 1 Hour.

This course provides students with an opportunity to apply principles of interprofessional collaboration, community partnerships, and global health in the development of a plan to address a global health problem in collaboration with a community partner. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in two co-requisite courses that are requirements for students participating in the global health service learning program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

GHS 643. IGHSL2 Project Implementation. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with an opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams of 3-8 members (minimum of 2 disciplines) and in collaboration with a community partner; the groups will apply principles of interprofessional collaboration, community partnership, and concepts and theories of global health in the implementation of a plan for a service project (developed in GHS 642) that addresses a specific global health problem identified by the community.
Prerequisites: GHS 642 [Min Grade: C]

GHS 649. Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with an opportunity to work in small teams to address a global health problem in collaboration with a community partner. The global health problem to be addressed can be at a local site (with a local agency or partner), a site within the US, or an international site (with a US or non-domestic agency or partner). Interprofessional teams of 4-6 graduate and professional students will apply concepts and theories related to global health, interprofessional collaboration, team building, leadership, community partnerships, business models, and appropriate framework for developing and implementing a plan to address a specific global health problem with a community partner.