221.620.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 4 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Adnan Hyder
    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
    • Class participation (10%)

    Class attendance and participation in class discussions will be graded.


    • Take home exercises: HeaLY case study (40%)

    These exercises will focus on the use of HeaLY as a summary measure of population health and responding to specific scenarios.  The two assignments to be turned in are due on April 15th, 2014 and May 8th, 2014.


    • Term Exam (50%)

    An exam will be administered at the end of the course and 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. The exam is on May 15th 2014.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Attendance Policy

    For each unexcused absence, following the first two unexcused absences, one percentage point will be reduced from your class participation grade, which is worth a total of ten percentage points.

  • 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