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Master List of Courses


Information related to specific course offerings was obtained directly from departments and course instructors and may change during the academic year. Please check the Schedule of Classes to be sure specific courses will be offered as indicated.

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AEDECON 4534 Comparative Challenges to Economic Development: Sub-Saharan Arica, Latin America, and China  (3 units)   An introductory survey course of the issues shaping economic development in three regions of the world. (replaces INSTDS 4536)

AGRCOMM 5150 Communication Strategies for Change and Development (3 units)
This course examines problems, promises and paradoxes of aid, such as the changing nature of development aid policies, questions about aid effectiveness, and the demand for more aid.  There are others who question whether aid is necessary at all (SP; Instructor-Robert Agunga). More Information

ANTHROP 5602 Medical Anthropology: Global Perspectives on Women's Health (3 units) Syllabus
Biocultural and sociocultural aspects of health in modern and prehistoric populations. A cross-cultural comparison of the political, economic, social, and biological issues surrounding women's health (AU; Taught in even years; Instructor-Barbara Piperata).

ANTHROP 5701 Health and Healing in Latin America & the Caribbean (3 units) This course begins with a broad overview of major health challenges faced by populations living in the region. This will be followed by in-depth case studies that will allow us to explore the health and healing practices of specific populations, including indigenous groups. In all our readings we will challenge ourselves to think about how individual health and well-being is shaped by the broader social, political and economic structures in which individuals are embedded. 

GEOG 5802 Globalization and Environment (3 credits) This course is about international dimensions of environmental issues, including the effect of economic globalization on the environment and the globalization of environmental conservation. In paticular, we will consider the interconnections between global integration, environmental transformation (with a focus on food and agriculture) and global inequality. (SP)

HN 7804: Advanced Community and International Nutrition (3 credits)   In-depth analysis of the major current or emerging issues in community and international nutrition that influence the development, health, and survival of various populations living in low-income countries and the methods to improving their nutrition and health outcomes. (SP18)

INTSTDS 4532 Food Security and Globalization (3 units)
Make sure to take for graduate credit.
Examination of the causes of and solutions for food insecurity. Global and local factors that affect access to food are also considered (AU; Instructor-David Kraybill). 

INSTDS 4535 International Economic Development (3 units)
Make sure to take for graduate credit.
Study of the growth and diversification of developing economies and the causes of poverty and inequality. Analyze the impacts of human capital formation, markets and public policy on development (AU; SP). .

INTSTDS 5616 Challenges to Childhood: An International Perspective (3 units)
Explores children's forced participation in war and its consequences and child poverty, labor, health, abuse, and victimization in international perspective 

INSTDS 5640 Globalization and Latin America: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches (3 units)
Explores current debates on globalization in Latin America and recent and interrelated transformations in the economies, politics, and cultures of the region (SP17; Instructor-Abril Trigo).

INSTDS 5801 Children and War (3 units)
Explores how children are affected by war as forced participants, orphans and refugees.Long-term effects on society will be studied (AU; SP; Instructor-Sharon Houseknecht).

NURSING 5430 Interdisciplinary Healthcare in the Global Community (2 units) Syllabus
Develop strategies for culturally competent interdisciplinary healthcare in selected world communities  

PHR 5550 Topics in International Pharmacy (2 units) This course is being offered online. (SP)

PHR6550 Pharmacy Students East Meets West (1 unit) Meets second half of fall semester (Oct. 16 - Dec. 6) This is a seminar course focused on pharmaceutical issues in the United States and Taiwan.  The course will provide students the opportunity to interact with pharmacy students from Taiwant to learn about global pharmacy practice. The students will use a team-based learning approach in a flipped classroom setting; therefore, students' participation is essential and their effort directly impacts what each student will gain.

PUBHEHS 5320 Climate Change and Human Health (3 units) Syllabus
How global climate change may be related to direct and indirect impacts on human health.
(SP17; Instructor: Qinghua Sun)

PUBHEHS 6320 Global Health and Environmental Microbiology (3 units)
(AU; Instructor-Jiyoung Lee) 

PUBEHS 7390 Major Human Diseases in Global Public Health (3 units)                                                                                                                                                                                       This course will integrate medical and pulblic health contents and concepts relative to major human diseases and its public health impact from a global perspective. The course will emphasize basic physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical evaluation of major human diseases that have significant global impact epidemiologically, politically, and economically with the focuses on disease causes and prevention. (SP; Instructor: Qinghua Sun) 2nd 7 weeks

PUBHEPI 5412 Infectious Diseases in the Developing World (3 units)
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the field of infectious diseases in the developing world (SP; Instructor-Kurt Stevenson).

PUBHEPI 6410 Principles of Epidemiology (3 units) Class #3344 is a hybrid. Wednesdays are classroom and Fridays are distance learning.
Introduction to the nature and scope of epidemiology; survey of basic epidemiological methods and their application to selected acute and chronic health problems (AU).

PUBHEPI 6410 Principles of Epidemiology (3 units) Class #3931 is online on Thursday from 5:30-6:50. This course is filled for fall 2017 but will be offered in spring 2018

PUBHEPI 6436 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 units)
Introduction to the epidemiology of infectious diseases, with focus on basic methods for investigation, control and prevention of communicable disease (AU; Instructor-Kurt Stevenson).

PUBHHMP 4660H Primary Care Across Countries (3 units) This participatory interdisciplinary seminar course will provide a broad perspective to those interested in various aspects of the delivery of primary care services. Specifically, the course will explore why access to high quality, consistent, and comprehensive primary care is central to acheiving health for all.  Note: Not open to Public Health students for GIS credit.

PUBHLTH 6000 Introduction to Global Health (2 units) Syllabus 
The purposes of this survey course are to provide an overview of current and emerging global health issues and their determinants (AU; Instructor-Maria Gallo).

PUBHLTH 7000 Public Health in Developing Countries (3 units)
The course is designed to apply public health principles to global problems (SP17; Instructor: Alison Norris).
Pre-req: PUBHLTH 6000 (the core course)


RURLSOC 8500 Rural Sociology of Development and Social Change (3 units) Syllabus
Overview of sociological principles, theories, and practice applied to international development and social change in rural settings (SP 18; Taught in alternating years; Instructor-Cathy A. Rakowski).

SOC 5450 Sociology of Global Health and Illness (3 credits) This course will use sociological tools and approaches to explore global health. It will draw on case studies of specific health challenges to learn about the social systems and institutional structures that shape health problems,proposed solutions, and potential consequences.

SPAN 8193.01 Medical Spanish (2 units)
This course is listed in the course catalog as SPANISH 8193.01 - Individual Studies (SP15: Glenn Martinez). Must be proficient in Spanish to take this course. A pre-test will be given before you are admitted.
Contact the instructor to arrange a meeting. (martinez.474@osu.edu)

VETPREV 7721 Epidemiology of Zoonotic Diseases (3 units)
Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, including understanding basic prevention and control strategies associated with each disease (AU; Instructor: Armando Hoet). More information

VETPREV 7722 Food-Borne Diseases, Food Animal Production Systems, and Food Safety (3 units) Syllabus
Detailed description of common zoonotic food-borne diseases, with previous description of food chains for products from animal sources. Food safety issues will also be discussed (SP16; Instructor-Gregory Habing).

VETPREV 7730 Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in a Global Context (2 units) Syllabus
( Instructor-Armando Hoet)
Please note that this class size is limited to 16 students.

VETPREV 7760 Cameroon: Tropical Animal Husbandry and Health (1-3 credits) Course focuses on animal diseases and their impact on human populations. This program combines practical laboratory exercise
in Cameroon with lectures and other activities enhanced by local experts from the University of Ngaoundere. Students will also have time to explore sites in and around Ngaoundere and work alongside University of
Ngaoundere students for an immersive cross-cultural experience. Travel to Cameroon for 3-weeks is required. Offered in Summer 2018. Instructor is Dr. Rebecca Garabed.

VISSCI 5500 Special Topics in Vision Science: Global Issues in Eye Care (1 unit)
Spring 2018- Day and time TBA
Seventy five percent of blindness and visual impairment occurs in the poor and very poor communities of the world and 75% of blindness and visual impairment is a result of 5 preventable or treatable conditions. It is estimated that there are more than 670 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired due to a need for glasses alone. Vision can affect quality of life, ability to read, and ability to perform some occupations. Education regarding vision care and eye health is frequently a barrier to good eye health. This course is designed for students who do not have a background in eye care. This course will provide an overview of the common causes of vision impairment and eye disease. Means to eliminate avoidable blindness will also be discussed (SP; Instructors-Marjean Taylor Kulp and Barbara Fink; location-Fry Hall 0022).