Harvard University in partnership with edX, is offering a online course aims to frame global health's collection of problems and actions within a particular biosocial perspective.
This is a 11 weeks course aims to enable learners to recognize the role of distinctive traditions, governments, and histories in shaping health and well being.
Course designs are aligned to demonstrate the value of social theory and historical analysis in understanding health and illness at individual and societal levels. The course will start on starts in January, 2016.
Course At A Glance
Length: 11 weeks course
Effort: 4 hours total
Subject: Global Health Case Studies
Institution: Harvard University & edX
Certificate Available: Yes.
Session: Starts on January, 2016
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About This Course
This introductory global health course aims to frame global health's collection of problems and actions within a particular biosocial perspective. It develops a toolkit of interdisciplinary analytical approaches and uses them to examine historical and contemporary global health initiatives with careful attention to a critical sociology of knowledge. Four physician-anthropologists – Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee – draw on experience working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Americas to investigate what the field of global health comprises, how global health problems are defined and constructed, and how global health interventions play out in both expected and unexpected ways.
Why Take This Course?
This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. No prior experience is required. Throughout the course, learners will be asked to critically evaluate the ethical frameworks that have underpinned historical and contemporary engagement in global health. Learners will be pushed to consider the moral questions of inequality and suffering as well as to critically evaluate various ethical frameworks that motivate and structure attempts to redress these inequities.
After completing this course you will have knowledge of :
- How to frame a global health problem with a biosocial perspective
- How to use a toolkit of analytical approaches to examine global health initiatives so as to identify and implement effective interventions
- How to evaluate the ethical frameworks that have underpinned engagement within global health
– Arthur Kleinman
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Anthropology Department
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine