Elective Courses


Vaccines (2 credits): This course will cover the basic elements of vaccines. It will discuss issues regarding vaccines and vaccine safety: the history, science, benefits, and risks of vaccines, along with the controversies and debates surrounding vaccines. This course is further described in the Hebrew program’s course description.

Global Strategies in Maternal & Child Health (2 credits): This course will emphasize critical health problems of women and children in developed and developing countries in social, economic, and cultural contexts. Students will learn about the development of maternal and child health programs to address these issues.


Human Rights & Public Health (2 credits): This course will address a range of issues in public health ethics concerning human rights. The first part of the course will provide an introduction to key ethical frameworks and concepts relevant to the interactions between human rights and public health. The remainder of the course will examines the impact of health policies and programs on human rights and will consider ethical dilemmas in several areas, including: 1) questions of autonomy and paternalism; 2) communicable diseases – screening, treatment, notification, quarentine; 3) health promotion & disease prevention; 4) Non-communicable diseases – smoking and obesity; and 5) research ethics. 

Public Health Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health (2 credits): This coure focuses on the history, methodology, theoretical approaches, and substantive findings of surveillance and intervention research concerning sexual and reproductive health. Seminar topics to be covered include the epidemiology of sexual and reproductive health risk and preventive behaviors, STI/HIV epidemiology, STI/HIV prevention intervention approaches, and STI/HIV prevention intervention politics; theoretical models of sexual and reproductive health behavior change; sexual wellness; sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical and mental health; sex education as a public health intervention; contraceptive methods and utilization, sexual harassment and sexual assault epidemiology and public health approaches to prevention, andpornography as a potential public health concern. Special emphasis on sexual and reproductive health promotion intervention and evaluation research is a feature of this seminar. Lectures and dedicated classroom discussions will provide students with theoretical and empirical foundations in these areas and required readings will acquaint students with a small portion of seminal and/or controversial research in these domains. 

Sociology of Health & Illness (2 credits): Sociologists of health and illness, also known as medical sociologists, use sociological perspectives and methods to understand the difference between looking at medicine and health care issues from an individualist and bio-medical model to a social and cultural model. In this course we will examine these differences and their implication for health care leaders, health care policy and delivery. During this course students will learn about the social and cultural context of health and medicine.

Management in International Organizations (3 credits): This course will enable students to understand the different challenges and opportunities in global health. We will discuss and brainstorm on the complex health challenges that many countries are faced with today, and with the option to get exposed to some health systems around the globe. Students will get insight on terminologies and the importance of social determinants of health. Students will be exposed to the different tools the World Health Organization and other international organizations use. This course will also introduce students to how health policies are made, argued, negotiated and managed. The course will emphasize the use of evidence to analyze some of the major health challenges of today (i.e., services delivery approaches; financing mechanisms), and how these are addressed by different stakeholders; and the utilization of diplomatic tools for improved governance and negotiation within a complex global environment.

Psychological & Behavioral Factors in Global Health (3 credits)

Applied Practice Experience (APE) Elective (3 credits): Additional APE hours. APE is described separately.

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