223.680.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Christian Coles
    George Alleyne
    Alain Labrique
    Tara White
    | Office Hours: M/W TBD Location: W5026
    Swathi Manchikanti
    | Office Hours: T/Th: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM by appointment Location: W5026
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Explain the development, organization, and funding of global disease control programs.
    • Describe programmatic approaches for controlling selected major causes of death and disability in developing countries.
    • Discuss program and policy implementation obstacles and approaches to overcoming them.
    • Critically evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and the sustainability of disease control programs and policies.
  • Course Description
    Presents the history, development, organization, technical content and basis, social and political context, evaluation, and funding of current, major, global initiatives for disease control. Emphasis is on programs focused on health problems of the developing world and includes, initiatives for vaccines and immunization, the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness, safe motherhood and reproductive health, neonatal health, malaria, onchocerciasis, STDs, tobacco control, nutritional interventions and injury control. The course also examines the process of policy formulation and resource allocation to international health and disease control
  • Intended Audience
    Students interested in current programs and policies designed to control leading global causes of morbidity and mortality.

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    Students interested in global disease control

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on a paper and a final examination.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Student evaluation is based on on-line quiz completion (10%), in class participation & group discussion (20%), an 8-page evaluation of a global disease control program or policy (40%) and a final examination comprising short-answer questions (30%).

    Class Participation: Student teams will develop and present an in-class quiz to highlight key points in the previous lecture. At the end of each lecture, student teams will discuss and present to the class a programmatic issue related to the lecture. Students must complete an online quiz before every lecture. 

    Assigned paper: Students will critically analyze the rationale, strengths, weaknesses and sustainability of one of the global disease control programs, and discuss how its implementation impacts existing health programs. The paper should not exceed 8 pages, double spaced, plus references. The paper is due April 19.The required paper may be on any presented programs or other programs with instructor’s or TA’s permission. Please submit your paper topic to the TAs via the dropbox on April 9. ** Programs may be discussed at the global, regional or national level.

    Final exam: be given on May 15 and will consist of 16-20 short answer questions based on the lectures, discussion, quizzes, assigned readings.

  • Prerequisites
    340.601 or 340.751 or 550.694.81 and 550.695.81

    Additional Faculty Notes:
    340.601 or equivalent

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

     Readings will be posted on Courseplus

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course topics
    -Definitions of terms used in disease control. -History, devlopment, organization and funding of major disease control programs in developing countries. -Factors influencing priority setting for disease control programs. -Measures of disease burden in populations including basic epidemiologic and demographic indicators as well as those that combine mortality and morbidity measures (eg. DALYs). -Surveillance methods as strategies for program management. -Programmatic approaches for controlling selected major causes of disease and disability in developing countries. -Integrated approaches to disease control; vertical versus horizontal approach
  • Contact Information

    George Alleyne, M.D.
    Office: E8527
    Tel: 410-955-3934

    Christian Coles, PhD
    Office: W5506
    Tel: 443-287-1933

    Alain Labrique, MHS, MS, PhD
    Office: E5543 JHSPH
    Tel: 443-287-4744

    Tara White

    Swathi Manchikanti

  • TA Office Hours

    Swathi Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursday

    Tara Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday

    Please note, hours will be held by appointment on these days. Please email ahead of time (preferably 24 hours in advance) to set up an appointment.  

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at