GLOBAL DISEASE CONTROL PROGRAMS AND POLICIES Syllabus

223.680.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Primary course communication
    Faculty and TAs
    Faculty
    Christian Coles
    George Alleyne
    Alain Labrique
    TAs
    Raksha Adhikari
    Emily Carter
    Daniel Erchick
  • 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 will be based on class participation, a paper, and a final examination.

    Class Participation: Class participation is comprised of online quizzes and a group activity. 

    Online quizzes: Quizzes will comprise 5-10 multiple-choice questions, based on the assigned readings for the current presentation and questions focused on key points from the previous lecture. For each quiz, 60% correct is considered "acceptable". 11 of 14 acceptable quiz scores are required for the full 10%. Quizzes must be completed before the lecture period to receive credit. 

    Group Activity: The class will be divided into groups of 6-7 students. Groups will be assigned to a particular activity for particular lecture, either: 1) Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis and apply the results, 2) “Elevator” Sales Pitch, 3) Respond to a program RFA (request for application), or 4) Develop argument for whether or not a program/policy should be funded. Following the lecturer’s presentation, groups meet to work on the assignment (20 min). Groups will briefly present their work. Then the class will discuss the group’s results and use them to make decisions related to program/policy/pitch under review.  

    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 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 7. The paper is due April 18. ** Programs may be discussed at the global, regional or national level.

    Final exam: Will consist of 16-20 short answer questions based on the lectures, discussion, quizzes, assigned readings. The final will be given in class on May 14. 

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Student evaluation is based on online 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%).

     

  • 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

    Primary course communication
    gdcpp.jhsph@gmail.com

    Faculty
    George Alleyne, M.D.
    Email: alleyned@paho.org
    Office: E8527
    Tel: 410-955-3934

    Christian Coles, PhD
    Email: ccoles@jhsph.edu
    Office: W5506
    Tel: 443-287-1933

    Alain Labrique, MHS, MS, PhD
    Email: alabriqu@jhsph.edu
    Office: E5543 JHSPH
    Tel: 443-287-4744

    TAs
    Raksha Adhikari
    Email: radhika2@jhu.edu 

    Emily Carter
    Email: ecarte22@jhu.edu 

    Daniel Erchick
    Email: derchic1@jhu.edu

  • TA Office Hours

    Please note, office hours will be held by appointment. 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 dss@jhsph.edu.