Type of Credit: Elective
Number of Students
Today our world is constantly becoming more interconnected and globalized. Public health issues, such as infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, accidents, are therefore no longer be purely national or regional problems; instead, they have been dealt with under a more global, integrated, multidisciplinary approach.
This course is designed to empower students, the future policy-makers and practitioners, how to analyze and deal with issues of global health. Each week, a topic related to global health governance, such as medicine access and patent protection, health data and privacy, health system and primary care, international health law, and health organization, are been introduced by the instructor(s) or guest speaker(s).
By the end of this course, in the last two weeks, the course will execute a simulated public health emergency under the World Health Organization framework (WHO Simulation). The simulation will include students from this class and invite outside experts, civil society, and journalists to participate in. Students will be divided into four to five countries and assigned roles as key legal, policy, and public health decision-makers to respond to each scenario of the simulation. This simulation will help students to organize what they learn from each class and topic, and to learn cooperating with people with different backgrounds and positions. It shall help students to prepare the knowledge and skills in the globalization era.
Our first week of class will be held online. Course link for Global Health Governance - Sept. 17th (Class will begin at 14:10) : https://meet.google.com/xfs-fexh-oqb
Global Health Governance is an English taught course with students that come from various backgrounds. In order to let students get to know each other more and later form groups, each student will give a 3-min self-introduction, in which you will share:
Joining with a PC or laptop is strongly recommended and make sure your camera/microphone functions well. And yes, you will be asked to turn on the camera. Make sure you are prepared to present yourself in front of the camera!
To be revised
9/17 (Week 1) Introduction: Overview of class, Student Team Arrangement, Brief of WHO Simulation
9/24 (Week 2) Global Health Burden 1: Infectious Diseases
10/1 (Week 3) Global Health Burden 2: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
10/8 (Week 4) Global Health Burden 3: Accidents, Injury, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health
10/15 (Week 5) State, Society, and Health: Protection of Society, Governance of Human Life, Virus Spread, and Economic Psychology
10/22(Week 6) Midterm Group Presentation (Online)
10/29 (Week 7) Midterm Group Report (Online)
11/5 (Week 8) Global Health Topic 1: Intellectual Property, Drug Regulations, Vaccine regulation during the pandemic, and Access to Medicine
11/12 (Week 9) Global Health Topic 2: Big Data, Health Information, Surveillance, and Privacy
11/18 (Week 10) Global Health Topic 3: Health Governance, Minority Group, and Human Rights
11/25 (Week 11) Global Health Topic 4: Resource Scarcity, Distributive Justice, and Health Governance
12/3 (Week 12) WHO Simulation Prep. 1: World Health Organization, World Health Assembly, and the International Health Regulations
12/10 (Week 13) WHO Simulation Prep. 2: Universal Healthcare, Primary Health Care, and Health Governance
12/17 (Week 14) WHO Simulation Prep. 3: ODAs,, NGOs, and Supragovernment Agencies, Refugees and Humanitarian Aid
12/24 (Week 15) WHO Simulation Prep. 4: Simulation Drill and Document Drafting
12/31 (Week 16) WHO Simulation: Formal WHO Simulation
1/7 (Week 17) WHO Simulation Wrap-up: Question and Reflection of Simulation
1/14 (Week 18) Final Report (Online Submission)
Class participation 10%
Midterm report (Written and oral presentation) 25%
WHO simulation 40%
Final report 25%
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Gostin, L. O., & Wiley, L. F. (2016). Public health law: power, duty, restraint: Univ of California Press.
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World Health Organization (2013). Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020.
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World Health Organization (2015). Health in 2015: from MDGs, millennium development goals to SDGs, sustainable development goals.
Link for Remote Learning: https://meet.google.com/xfs-fexh-oqb