DV421 Half Unit
Emerging Health Threats and Development
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
For students taking MSc Development Management, MSc Development Studies, MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MPA International Development, MSc Urbanisation and Development, MSc Global Politics, MSc Health Population and Society, MSc Health, Community and Development and MSc Population and Development. Also available to all other MSc students, space permitting, with the approval of the course teacher and their own programme directors.
Please note that in case of over-subscription to this course priority will be given to students from the Department of International Development and its joint degrees (where their regulations permit). This course is capped at 60 students.
The course is concerned with inter-relationships between emerging challenges to human health in the developing world and their socio-economic and political context. Both the causes of emerging health threats and their consequences are examined. The approach of the course is to discuss specific (re-)emerging health threats, and to critically assess their determinants and impacts, and policies and interventions to address their spread. A wide range of topics is covered, including: the relationship between health, population and development; the demographic and epidemiological transitions; biological, behavioural, socio-economic, and environmental influences on health outcomes, especially the role of demographic change, conflict, famine, and climate change; the causes and consequences of the "Big Three": HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs); water and sanitation; and, non-communicable diseases; and, local and international health intervention efforts and policies.
There will be a one-and-a-half hour lecture and a one-and-a half hour seminar each week during LT.
Students are expected to prepare at least one class presentation and submit one essay.
A detailed weekly reading list will be provided at the first lecture. The readings for this course are from journals and select book chapters in the fields of public health and epidemiology, public policy, demography, and anthropology among others. Readings will also include case studies of disease control efforts in various countries and reports, papers and articles published by international organizations, think-tanks, and a variety of other sources.
A 2,000 word essay due on the first day of ST (20%) and a two-hour written examination in ST (80%).