GHP 272: Foundations of Global Health and Population

Teaching Fellow with Dr. David Bloom and Joel Lamstein

This course is required for all incoming master of science students in Global Health and Population. It is intended as a broad survey of the main facts, issues, perspectives, methods, results, and conclusions in the areas of global population and health. The course is organized into three blocks. The first block deals with theory, methods, and evidence related to the state of global health and population and reviews salient population and health issues, both past and present. The focus is on patterns and trends in morbidity, mortality, fertility, and reproductive health, as well as the size, structure, and growth of population. Environmental concerns linked to health and population are also addressed. The second block deals with the economic, social, legal, political, and ecological context in which global health and population issues arise and must be addressed. This block introduces economic, political, and rights-based perspectives on the place of health in the process of international development. The third block covers approaches to the design and implementation of policies and programs to address health and population problems. Medical interventions, non-medical health interventions, and non-health interventions will all be considered.

GHP 504: Applied Qualitative Methods for Global Health

Teaching Fellow with Dr. Theresa Betancourt

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to qualitative methods for international health research. The course is designed to expose students to a wide range of topics including: developing research questions, sampling and site selection, frequently used qualitative methods (such as interviews, observations, focus groups), design of qualitative research protocols, as well as data management and analysis. The course also touches on the basics of mixed methods research. Students engage in a variety of active learning exercises (such as constructing and conducting a short informal interview) and work in small groups on the preparation of a qualitative research project on a defined topic area of relevance to global health, diverse cultural contexts, or low-resource settings. Class activities and discussions aim at building a research community in the class, where students support each other’s development as researchers recognizing the complexity, benefits, and limitations of conducting cross-cultural qualitative research.

GHP 230: Intro to Economics with Applications to Health and Development 

Teaching Fellow with Dr. Margaret McConnell

This course provides an overview of the microeconomic theories and concepts most relevant for understanding health and development. Each week of the course will cover basic concepts in economics with an application to health. It describes how the markets for health and health services are different from other goods, with a particular emphasis on the role of government and market failure. In addition, it discusses the theoretical and empirical aspects of key health economics issues, including the demand for health and health services, supply side concerns, health insurance, the provision of public goods, and related topics. The course encourages students to fundamentally and rigorously examine the role of the market for the provision of health and health services and how public policy can influence these markets.

Health Care 101: Introduction to the US Health Care System

Course Instructor at The Advisory Board Company

This course provides an overview of the United States health care system. It endeavors to develop basic knowledge of the core functions of the health care system and how it is structured, including topics such as types of providers and hospital systems, payment structures, the role of insurers, the experiences of patients, legislation and regulatory oversight, and more. The course aims to introduce fundamental aspects of the health care system to participants, engaging participants in in-depth discussions that leverage existing experience with and knowledge of the health care system to expand upon the basics. The course is required for all new employees. 

ID 212: Large Scale Effectiveness Evaluations

Teaching Fellow with Dr. Margaret Kruk

This course provides an introduction to the evaluation of large-scale programs aimed at improving health and/or nutrition status of whole populations, rather than individual subjects. The emphasis of the course is on global health and on low and middle-income countries, although the methodological approach is also applicable to developed country settings. The course covers randomized cluster trials, observational or quasi-experimental designs, and implementation science designs. The instructors use lecture, discussion, flipped classroom, case-studies, and individual and small-group work to discuss the use of logic models to describe programs and guide evaluation, define the major methodological challenges in conducting randomized and non-randomized large-scale effectiveness and implementation evaluations, describe frequently-used approaches for data collection, measurement, and analysis in impact and process evaluations, discuss interpretation of results and attribution of observed changes to the program or intervention being evaluated, discuss innovations in evaluation and implementation science, and describe strategies for promoting the uptake of results by policy makers and program planners.