SURGICAL CARE NEEDS IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Describe the global burden of surgical disease and identify gaps in current knowledge
- Identify current research tools for measuring surgical capacity in LMICs
- Discuss the different types of surgical cases for prevention and treatment of disease and how to plan and incorporate these into health system planning
Explores the components of health systems related to surgical care. Focuses on the global burden of surgical disease and trauma, and deficiencies in surgical capacity in LMICs. Case studies from the US, Sierra Leone and Rwanda illustrate common surgical conditions and needed components for a comprehensive health system. Specific topics include surgical care for Women's Health, obstetrical or gynecological injury, and trauma care. Discusses the importance of planning for surgical interventions in disaster management and conflict , including the difference between war surgery and military surgery. Also addresses the economic cost and benefit of surgery and surgical care in LMICs.
Persons currently working in health systems in developing countries, or seeking a career in this area who need to understand the burden of disease from surgical diseases and how the health system must support these services.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: 1. Mid term exercise (40%) 2. Final paper on an aspect of surgical care services and systems for a selected low or middle income country (60%)
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Clinical background is not required
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
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.
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