About The Course
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Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for POVERTY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND HEALTH (380.756.01), a course offered by the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Course Description

Introduces students to leading theories in economic development and in the macroeconomic determinants of the health of populations, communities, and individuals. Reviews both historical and current cases to answer the following questions: What is economic development? How does economic development occur? Which aspects of development improve and which aspects are detrimental to human health? Can policymakers plot more “hygienic” plans for economic development? Do investments in health and family planning cause economies to prosper?

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Course Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to do the following: 1) Distinguish competing definitions of household poverty, macroeconomic development and describe the flaws in commonly used development indicators. 2) Distinguish among the major theories that explain reasons behind economic development. 3) Distinguish and evaluate leading theories that link economic development to health, demographic transition, and urbanization. 4) Summarize current research on the interaction between urbanization, poverty, and health. 5) Evaluate research claims that health investments stimulate economic development. 6) Decide when historical public health interventions were and were not suited to the economic environment of the target population.

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Course Time

Tue Thu   8:30 AM to 10:20 AM

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Course Faculty
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Intended Audience

Masters and Doctoral Students

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Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Weekly Assignments and Final Exams

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

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