380.756.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • 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?
  • Intended Audience
    Masters and Doctoral Students
  • Methods of Assessment

    Weekly Assignments and Final Exams

    Additional Faculty Notes:



    70% Exercises

    10% Class participation in group discussion

    20% Final Examination.



  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Nafziger, E Wayne Economic Development 2006

  • Course Schedule

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

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  • Contact Information
    David Bishai
  • Course Learning Objectives

    • 1) Students will be able to (SWBT) distinguish competing definitions of household poverty, macroeconomic development and describe the flaws in commonly used development indicators.
    • 2) SWBT distinguish among the major theories that explain reasons behind economic development
    • 3) SWBT distinguish and evaluate leading theories that link economic development to health, demographic transition, and urbanization
    • 4) SWBT summarize current research on the interaction between urbanization, poverty, and health
    • 5) SWBT evaluate research claims that health investments stimulate economic development
    • 6) SWBT decide when historical public health interventions were and were not suited to the economic environment of the target population
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