PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Coursework

The MSc-GH program requires that students complete a minimum of 34 credits of coursework, and a minimum of 4 credits of ungraded research for thesis preparation, for a total of 38 credits. The eleven courses required by the program comprise six core and five elective courses. Students are encouraged to take more than five electives at no additional cost.

Cores:

The goal of this course is to prepare students to successfully engage in field-based research in global health. Over the course of the semester we will meet weekly or biweekly to develop critical skills and reflective insights that can help students to manage the multiple aspects of fieldwork. In addition, monthly seminars will be held in the fall semester preceding the Spring semester on selected topics that will be too late to wait until the Spring.

This course expands directly on Quantitative Research Methods I to present intermediate topics in biostatistics and epidemiology. Topics will include a review of study designs including meta-analysis; intensive study of bias, including confounding, selection bias, and misclassification; missing data; sensitivity analysis; topics in regression analysis; and an introduction to the analysis of time to event data, including lifetable methods, survival curves, and Cox proportional hazards models. We will incorporate discussions of causal inference into the semester’s content as well as discussions of how to read, review, and write scientific literature. In addition to the lecture component, the course includes data analysis workshop section in which the students will develop programming and statistical analysis skills as they perform a guided data analysis.

Global health ethical issues may be encountered when implementing applied anthropology, public and global health, and health related programs. Ethical issues are often caused by lack of knowledge or negligence in observing the established rules and regulations. Most ethical regulations emerged following serious unethical events that ignored the fundamental human rights of individuals and communities while participating voluntarily or not in medical or public health research.  There is a need to observe ethical practices to fulfill the respect for human rights in target populations and thus work to eliminate health disparities. This two-credit student-led seminar will allow students to actively participate in leading and engaging in discussions surrounding current and past public health ethical issues.

This seminar allows students to review scientific articles on global health ethics and develop a case study proposal for their summer field work.  Articles will be selected from Global Health topics in public health, medical anthropology, sociology, and health related journals and books. The purpose of this course is to develop critical thinking, writing, and advocacy skills to address unethical practices while working in global health settings. This seminar also will prepare students to address health disparities at a global level by pointing out ethical issues that affect the most disadvantaged populations worldwide.

The course will discuss main problems and challenges in the development and strengthening of different health systems in developing countries. It will introduce the frameworks and approaches developed by WHO, World Bank, and leading academics to analyze issues and problems arisen over the past decades. It will also provide opportunities to discuss and analyze challenges and opportunities for improving the performance of health systems for better health in various health system contexts. The course will be conducted in an interactive format with a combination of lectures, case study analysis, and group exercises/discussions. Active participation of all enrolled students is anticipated.

Electives:

This course will introduce the application of qualitative methods in health research, with particular emphasis on their application in implementation research in relation to policy or program design and evaluation issues. The course will begin with an overview of the theoretical basis and ethics of qualitative research. It will focus on choosing the qualitative field methods, skills of data collection, approaches of data analysis, and reporting the qualitative research results. For example, students will develop research questions and identify appropriate qualitative field methods. They will conduct an individual interview and a focus group discussion to develop moderator skills. Students will also go through the steps of data analysis using a framework approach. The use of Nvivo, a qualitative data analysis software program, will be introduced.

This course introduces students to approaches and methods for conducting scientific and rigorous evaluations of public health programs to inform policy. Students will learn the process of public health programming including assessment, design, planning, implementations, and evaluation. In this course, students choose an existing public health or social program and work in teams to design a realistic evaluation using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods. Through lectures, discussion, and individual and group work, students will gain skills to develop a stakeholder analysis, logic model, indicators and instruments, an evaluation data base, budget, and policy memo. Students will demonstrate their skills by creating an evaluation portfolio complete with the essential components of a policy-relevant evaluation.

This course will walk a student through the process of conducting a systematic review while providing an introduction to the field of injury epidemiology and injury prevention. As injury is an under-studied field, conducting a systematic review will allow the class to see the limitations of current research and instigate potential research questions in the field of injury. Injury is a leading cause of death and disability throughout the world and is a growing public health epidemic. Prominent types of injury are very different in different settings and those to be discussed in the course are those related to motor vehicles, assaults, firearms, self-injurious behavior and global toxicology. We will also address behavioral, biological, economic and social issues concerning to the implementation of injury reduction policies that will also be emphasized throughout case studies of specific injury scenarios and interventions.

This course will use two methods of education. First, as a class, we will walk through the process of conducting a systematic review. We, as a group, will determine the systematic review question, receive guidance from a librarian, conduct the abstract reviews, manuscript reviews, data extraction, quality analysis and data analysis followed by manuscript development and submission. The class will learn the challenges and benefits of a systematic review and meta-analysis. Next, we will host several guest lecturers who are experts in global injury research and prevention. Students are expected to be prepared to discuss the required reading for each lecture. The course will delve into epidemiology, specific research methods and innovative research methods and articles.

This on-line elective course provides an in-depth focus on communicable diseases in global settings, spanning from the individual level of diagnosis and treatment of an infectious case to the population level of disease surveillance, prevention, and control conducted by programs of various scope and size. The course will also examine the relationships between infectious disease and environmental health, including veterinary health. The course expands upon disease topics introduced in GL701 (Global Health Challenges) and aims to incorporate concepts from GL705 (Quantitative Research Methods for Global Health Science) and GL702 (Global Health Research: Design and Practice) in order to build towards an integrated understanding of infectious disease epidemiology. It will be taught in three modules: 1) Foundations in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, 2) Disease Surveillance & Prevention, 3) Disease Treatment & Control. Case studies will be utilized throughout in order to empower students to become global health scientists and practitioners with practical knowledge of how health programs, small and large, can confront communicable diseases in resource-limited settings.   

The course instructors bring a wealth of experience in the study and control of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. As the instructors are DGHI faculty stationed primarily overseas, this course is taught exclusively on-line via lecture-based tutorials, and weekly tele-conferenced discussion sessions.

Given that many environmental problems occur on a global scale but may have differential local impacts, both local and global perspectives are important in understanding and addressing the problems. The objective of this course is to engage the students to learn and think about global and local impacts of most important contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, air pollution, water scarcity and pollution, waste disposal, and exposure to chemicals found in consumer products.  This online course will include a series of video-taped lectures that students can watch at their own pace within a defined time period. Live sessions will be arranged so the students can interact directly with each other and with the instructor in person and online. Office hours will be arranged for students to ask questions in person or online. Live sessions will be arranged for students to present their term papers.

Language Course:

This course builds academic writing skills through a field-specific examination of the literacy practices that are common to DKU graduate school programs and offers writing practice in genres in or closely related to those fields. Students learn useful organizational structures and functions and improve their ability to write clear and concise texts. They build vocabulary and learn to use high frequency academic collocations. Individualized instruction enables students to identify their strengths and limitations and make improvements in their writing.

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