About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE FOR PH PRACTIONERS (221.614.01), a course offered by the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Provides a basic understanding of structures of authority and power; economics and political systems; role and limits of international organizations in development; current concepts of development and the political process; state collapse; and the origins of conflicts. Focus is on developing countries. Compares regional political trends and forces in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet bloc that affect health of populations and development of health services.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • define a collapsed state and list the signs of impending state weakness
  • Discuss the limitations of fragile states and be able to set out the ways health systems must adapt to function in these circumstances
  • list the ways political trends affect disease patterns and development programs

Course Time

Fri   1:30 PM to 3:20 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Graduate students in public health at master’s and doctoral level. It is particularly aimed at students interested in international health, development, and humanitarian assistance issues.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on class participation.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Kwaku Nuamah
E-mail: knuamah@jhsph.edu