221.620.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 4th Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Adnan Hyder
    Richard Morrow
    Abdulgafoor Bachani
  • Course Description
    Explores the conceptual basis and application of summary measures of population health status. Presents approaches to measuring the burden of disease in populations and their use for guiding resource allocation and planning efficient and equitable health care systems. Lectures, discussions, and group exercises focus on composite indicators, exploring social and ethical value choices, and assessing the burden of disease at national level.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation, critiques of methods and term paper.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    1. Class participation (10%): Class attendance and participation in class discussions will be graded.

    2. Take home exercise, HeaLY case study (40%): This exercise will focus on the use of HeaLY as a summary measure of population health and responding to specific scenarios.

    3. Term Exam (50%): An exam will be administered at the end of the course which will focus on the concepts, value choices, generation, and application of SMPH. The exam will have two sections: the first based on short answers, multiple choice questions and brief responses; the second based on a set of essay questions. Any reading for the exam will be provided in advance.

  • Course Schedule

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

  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • present approaches to measuring the burden of disease in populations
    • study the use of SMPH for guiding resource allocation and planning efficient and equitable helath care systems
    • explore social and ethical value choices in calculating SMPH
    • understand how to assess the burden of disease at national level
  • Intended Audience
    MPH, MSPH, and PhD students
  • 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

    1. Conceptual Basis of Summary Measures

    2. Mortality: Premature Life Years

    3.  Disability and Morbidity

    4.  Equity and Inequalities in health

    5.  History of Summary Measures of Population Health

    6. Social and ethical choices

    7. National burden of disease assesment

    8. Measuring the burden of risk factors

    9. Health systems performance assesment

    10. Use of Summary Measures in Policy Decisions

    11. Priority Setting in Health and Research

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Aisha Jafri
    Office: E8014

  • Recommended Text/Materials

    The following is a good general reference:

    Hyder AA, Puvanachandra P, Morrow RH. Chapter 1: Measures of Heallth and Disease in Populations.  In: Merson MH, Black RE, Mills AJ, eds. Globa Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2012:1-42.


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