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Global Health Courses

Undergraduate Courses*

Comparative Health Systems

Cross Cultural Issues in Tropical Diseases

Introduction to Global Health

Introduction to Immigrant and Migrant Health

Global Health in Film & Theater

Global Health Research and Service

Medical Humanities: Global Health and Literature

Graduate Courses*

Comparative Health Systems

Fundamentals of Global Health

Culture and Health

Global Health Research and Service

Secondary Data Analysis in Global Health and Development

Globalization and Health

*You can register for these Athens online courses through MyOHIO, Register for Classes.

IHS 2190 Introduction to Immigrant and Migrant Health 

(Offered Fall & Spring)

This course introduces students to issues related to mobile populations and to the myriad of health issues faced by immigrant and migrant populations in the U.S. Because of the relatively large number of foreign-born individuals in Ohio, both in urban and rural areas, students working in health are likely to engage with individuals and groups born outside of the U.S. This course is designed to prepare students to appropriately and effectively engage with immigrant and migrant groups as well as other diverse groups. TThe class will:

  1. Review the history of migrant and immigrant populations in the U.S. and Ohio
  2. Outline the major health issues currently faced by migrant and immigrant communities
  3. Examine and compare special and vulnerable populations within the migrant and immigrant communities
  4. Discuss current and national and state initiatives employed to improve health indicators among migrant and immigrant populations
  5. Discuss cultural issues that influence treatment from the provider and the patients perspectives
  6. Discuss interpreters role in working with migrant and immigrant populations
  7. Explore social justice and ethical issues surrounding migrant and immigrant health and healthcare
  8. Analyze impact of law and policy on issues surrounding migration and immigration   

For information, contact:
Meredith Gartin, Ph.D.


IHS 2215 Medical Humanities: Global Health and Literature 

(Offered Fall, Spring and Summer)

This is a seven-week online course that meets the Tier II Humanities and Literature requirement. The course examines global concepts and determinants of health through the reading of literary works, critical reviews and other representations of health issues in popular culture. Disease and illness is examined not only objectively and scientifically, but also humanistically. This class links the organic problems addressed by healthcare providers and the human experience. The main aims of the course are:

  1. To create critical understanding of – health, disease, growth, suffering and death – through their various multi-cultural representations in literary works and other popular media; and have deeper empathy for those that are ill, recovering or dying;
  2. To develop awareness of how narrations of health from particular geographical regions talk about disease and wellness;
  3. To equip students with concepts and language that they can use to analyze and write about global health issues inside and outside the classroom.

For information, contact:
Asli Teweldeberhan, MA, MPH


IHS 2210 Introduction to Global Health 

(Offered Fall, Spring and Summer)

Open to undergraduate students at Ohio University who are interested in global health, this intensive seven-week course is one of the core courses required to fulfill the  Global Health Certificate  and is good preparation for study abroad in global health. The course provides:

  1. A broad overview of global patterns of disease and the factors that influence health
  2. Exposure to issues relating to social, cultural and environmental determinants of health
  3. Global coverage of health issues with a focus on low and middle income countries and on resource-poor areas in developed countries
  4. Multiple opportunities to analyze and synthesize course material in discussion boards and classroom chats
  5. Independent, in-depth study of a selected country's healthcare system resulting in an overall, multi-dimensional global health report on that country

The global elements of this course are complimented by the international experience of the course instructor, Gillian Ice and the team of facilitators who come from different disciplines and different nationalities.

For information, contact:
Gillian Ice, Ph.D., MPH


IHS 2235 Cross-Cultural Issues in Tropical Diseases 

(Offered Fall, Spring & Summer)

This course has been designed to introduce the students to the concept of culture as a relevant framework for understanding human behavior in relation to health. It focuses on biological, environmental, cultural, social and political aspects relevant to tropical diseases, including prevention, treatment and control. Finally, the course discusses the importance of these issues in health interventions and health promotion projects. The course is taught through Ohio University e-Campus over a seven-week period. The class includes the following topics:

  1. Tropical disease
  2. Neglected tropical diseases
  3. Culture, physical environment and health
  4. Culture, diversity and health disparities
  5. Biological and ecological determinants for malaria, Chagas disease, and schistosomiasis
  6. Cultural, social, and political determinants for malaria, Chagas disease, and schistosomiasis
  7. Disease prevention, treatment and control
  8. Culture in health interventions and health promotion projects planning  

For information, contact:
Mario Grijalva, Ph.D.


IHS 2290 Global Health in Film & Theater 

(Offered Spring)

Using film and theater, students will explore central themes within global health including ethics, cultural perspectives, poverty, local versus mass produced productions, and various health issues. Students will analyze film and theatrical practices and how they are employed in public forums, in communicating ideas, in social change and in expressing artistic and political perspectives. They will discuss how film and theater can present complex and/or controversial issues, such as HIV/AIDS, rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), infectious diseases, and non-communicable disease and how presentation may vary by audience. This course helps make the connections between the liberal arts, in this case film and theater, and clinical sciences. At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the scientific, ethical, and political ramifications of global health topics covered in films, theater and documentaries.
  2. Describe the ways in which film, theater and documentaries educate the public about important global health topics, such as HIV/AIDS, rape, FGM, infectious diseases and non-communicable disease.
  3. Identify ways film can explain complex global health issues such as poverty, policies, culture and gender roles.
  4. Analyze films and plays by content, point of view, accuracy, tone, style, structure, cinematography and use of music and images to impact audience perspective on global health issues.
  5. Reflect on how films influence one's perspective on a global health issue. 
For information, contact:

Merri Biechler, MFA


IHS 3521/5521 Global Health Research and Service 

(Offered Fall and Spring)

This course will provide students with the basic knowledge of how to design a health research or service program. This course is a core course for the Global Health Certificate. Students will review topics related to ethics and design of global health programs and develop a project proposal by the conclusion of the course. The course will provide:

  1. General principles of global health research design
  2. Short-term versus sustainable healthcare
  3. Prevention programs in low-resource settings
  4. Logistics of planning and implementing global health work
  5. Basic skills for global health research and service
  6. Ethics of research and service programs in low resource settings
  7. Selected global health research and service programs 

For information, contact:
Meredith Gartin, Ph.D.
gartin@ohio.edu artin@ohio.edu


IHS 3222, IHS 5222 Comparative Health Systems 

(Offered Fall and Spring)

Using a case-based approach, this course provides an overview and analysis of health systems in other countries and regions and the impact on health outcomes. It presents a theoretical and practical approach to understanding the functions and components of a health system and the relationships between those components as well as the main types of health systems and how systems differ across the world. At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss healthcare systems and components utilizing a global perspective.
  2. Discuss the organization, provision and governance of healthcare, and the main actors (governmental, non-governmental, national, international).
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main dimensions of health system performance and of approaches to measuring and evaluating the performance of health systems.
  4. Compare and contrast different health systems in relation to millennium goals and other global priorities in health.
  5. Discuss healthcare systems role in access, social justice and health equity.
  6. Describe the indicators of health systems performance.
  7. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of different models of healthcare financing, in terms of their impact on health system goals.
  8. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the relevance of the issues covered in the course to efforts to reform health systems.

For information, contact:
Mountasser Kadrie

IHS 5210 Fundamentals of Global Health 

(Offered Fall, Spring and Summer)

Open to graduate students at Ohio University who are interested in global health, this intensive course is one of the core courses for the Graduate Global Health Certificate and is good preparation for study abroad in global health. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of health and healthcare from a global perspective. The course will explore measurement of population health, global burden of disease, comparative health systems, communicable and non-communicable disease and socioeconomic factors in health. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to critically evaluate determinants of health and health interventions. Students will be able to:

  1. Explain different disciplinary approaches and professional roles in global health
  2. Critically evaluate impact of major global health interventions
  3. Develop analytic writing skills
  4. Evaluate common global health issues
  5. Describe the relationships between social, environmental factors and health

The global elements of this course is complimented by the international experience of the course instructor.

For information, contact:
Gillian Ice, Ph.D., MPH

IHS 5710 Secondary Data Analysis in Global Health and Development

(Offered Fall and Spring)

This is an appplied research course that utilizes secondary data analysis of existing data to analyze research questions in global health and development. By the end of the course, students complete a research project utilizing an existing global health data source. Students are strongly encouraged to have completed a basic research methods course prior to enrolling. 

For information, contact:
Gillian Ice, Ph.D., MPH

IHS 6210 Globalization and Health

(Offered Fall and Spring)

The purpose of the course is for students to explore the impact of globalization on emerging global diseases and trends. The course employs a case-based approach to explore the rapidly changing health needs of countries throughout the world on topics like the Ebola outbreak as well as food insecurity.

For information, contact:
Meredith Gartin, Ph.D.
gartin@ohio.edu artin@ohio.edu

IHS 6212 Culture and Health

This course focuses on the influence of culture on health and wellness to provide students in the healthcare and social service professions, with tools needed to work with culturally diverse populations. Students will learn to use cultural assessment tools with patient populations from different cultures.  

For information, contact:

Illana Chertok, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC