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 for 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.



Ethical Dilemmas & Human Rights in Public Health (2 credits): This course will address a range of issues in public health ethics. The first part of the course will provide an introduction to key ethical frameworks and concepts relevant to public health. It will also describe the overlap and distinctions between public health and medical ethics. 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) resource allocation and distributive justice; 2) questions of autonomy and paternalism; 3) health promotion & disease prevention; 4) clinical care; 5) research ethics; 6) human rights; and 7) emerging issues in public health ethics.



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.



STDs & HIV/AIDS (2 credits): This course will provide an overview of human sexual behavior and the ways in which this behavior may pose a potential threat to human health. It will also cover the epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV.



Sociology of Health and Illness (2 credits/4 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.


Psychological and Behavioral Factors in Global Health (2 credits) 



Community Health (3 credits): This course provides students with theoretical and practical skills for analyzing community health settings and for planning community health projects (domestic and global). During this course we will learn about theoretical models for project development, see examples of community health projects in different settings in the Israeli health care system, and will gain experience in the process of community project development. A number of field experiences will expose students to on-going community health activities, demonstrative of health care in Israel. 

Practicum Elective (1-3 credits): Additional practicum hours. Practicum is described separately.

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