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UCSF Courses in International Health

Anthropology, History & Social Medicine
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Family & Community Medicine
IDS (Inter-Departmental Studies)
UC Berkeley

Anthropology, History & Social Medicine

252. Introduction to International Health Policy. (4) § Fa, Wi, Sp. Seminar 2 hours.
J. Justice
This seminar will explore the field of international health policy including the policy making process and factors influencing policy formulation, policy makers and other actors in the policy process, and the role of international and national organizations and special interest groups. Global health policies will be examined in the broader context of health and development. Case examples will be used to study the implementation of policies in different geographical regions. Methodological approaches to the study of health policy will be discussed. This course is organized at the request of students in the UCB/UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) and therefore will be designed to fit the specific interests of the JMP students. Admission to the seminar is restricted and by permission of the professor. Requirements include assigned readings, participation in seminar discussion, and written assignments.

254. Introduction to International Health. (2-4) Fa, Wi, Sp. Seminar 2 hours.
J. Justice
This course explores the field of international health within the broader context of health and development. Basic issues related to major diseases and conditions in developing countries, including international health organizations and their influence on approaches to prevention, treatment, and control will be reviewed from a cross-cultural perspective.

261. Health & Human Survival. (1-4) § Fa, Wi. Seminar 1-2 hours. Field Work 0-6 hours.
C. Kiefer
Social and economic causes of ill health in international perspective.
Focus on community-based efforts to provide primary health care in
low-income and rural areas. Student involvement in course planning and leadership. Participation of health care workers from developing countries.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

140.02B. Off-Campus Clerkship. (3-18) Su, Fa, WI, Sp, SS1, SS2, SS3. Clerkship 8 hours.
Clerkships in clinical epidemiology in off-campus settings.

150.02. Research Abroad. (6-18) Su, Fa, WI, SP, SS1, SS2, SS3. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Research 24 hours.
T. Hall
Research abroad, usually in a developing country, under supervision of a member of the Epidemiology faculty. Guidance is available principally for epidemiological studies and for research in tropical medicine, medical parasitology, medical anthropology, and topics in international health.

180.10. Topics in International Health (2) WI Seminar 2 hours.
T. Novotny, T. Hall, K. Starr
Health problems and risks affecting global health -- causes, effects,
programs and priorities. Emphasis will be on health professional
contributions, the role of the community, preparation for field experiences, and career development in international health. This course is required for those seeking support from the Rainer's Fund for International Travel and encouraged for those seeking support from the Office of International Programs for experiential learning during the summer term. http://www.medschool.ucsf.edu/intlprograms/Programs/Funding.aspx).

Family & Community Medicine

140.70. Community Medicine in International Perspective. (6-18) Su, Fa, WI, SP, SS1, SS2, SS3. Prerequisites: Conversational command of language of country of placement and consent of instructor.
N. Hearst, W. Shore
A 4-12 week elective involving placement at a supervised primary care training and/or service site abroad. Placements will be made according to student interest and language capability, and according to availability of appropriately supervised sites, mainly in Latin America. For information about how to receive credit through FCM for your international experience, contact Roy Johnston in FCM Student Programs.


105. Infection,Immunity,and Inflammation: Topics in microbiology immunology, and pharmacology. (11) Fa. Prerequisites: Second-year medical student standing or permission from the instructor. Lecture 10 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Seminar 7 hours. Indep Stdy 3 hours.
A. De Franco, D. Ganem, W. Levinson
This required course will cover microbiology, immunology, and infectious disease. There will be close integration of basic and clinical science topics, and an HIV framing case will feature prominently. The course will also investigate issues of behavior, and public and international health.

140.03. Global Health Area of Concentration. (6) SS2. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Lecture 4.5 hours. Seminar 3 hours. Indep Stdy 4 hours. Library research 2.5 hours. Project 25 hours. Required for participation in the Global Health Area of Concentration. Restrictions: Third or fourth year medical students only.
G. Rutherford, N. Lane, T. Novotny, T. Newman
This course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to creating solutions to problems in infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, reproductive health and injury control. Through an understanding of culture/anthropology, politics, epidemiology, foreign policy and economics, students develop a project proposal or research protocol for their Area of Concentration work in the 4th year. Concurrent enrollment in IDS 150.03, Designing Clinical Research: A Course for Medical Students, is required.

150.03. Designing Clinical Research: A Course for Medical Students. (3) SS2. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Lecture: 4.5hrs, Seminar: 3hrs, Conference: 1hr, Independent Study: 4hrs, Project: 7.5hrs Restrictions: third or fourth year medical student standing.
N. Lane, T. Novotny
This course provides the essential components to writing a clinical research protocol. The students will attend a group lecture and small seminar groups for four weeks. The course will cover hypothesis generation and specific aims, experimental procedures, sample size estimation, data analysis, and writing a consent form for human subjects. This is a required course for those participating in the Area of Concentration in Clinical Research. The course is required for those participating in the Global Health AoC.


140.02. Off-Campus Clerkship. (3-6) Su, Fa, Wi, Sp, SS1, SS2, SS3. Prerequisites: Medicine 110 and approval of third- and fourth-year coordinator.
K. Hauer
Clinical clerkships in off-campus hospitals approved by the department chairperson, third- and fourth-year coordinator and the dean.


260C. Global Health Issues. (3) § Sp. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Lecture 3 hours.
J. Lipson
Course examines selected world health issues in a framework of community oriented primary health care. Focus is on global issues such as development, environment, nutrition, population, international organizations, and nursing roles in international health.

260D. Latino Health & Culture. (2) § Fa, SS1, SS2, SS3. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Restrictions: Enrollment to be determined by availability of practicum experience. Seminar 2 hours.
P. Jackson, P. Bernal de Pheils
Seminar analyzes issues regarding the Latino culture, its inter-relationship to health, illness and immigrant status in preparation for experiencing nursing care in a Latin American country, and gaining understanding of the culture, health care issues and health care delivery.

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

PH 290(3) Private Sector Health Services in Developing Countries, (3) § Sp. Mondays 12 - 2 pm. Open to doctoral students and MPH students with permission of instructor.

Dominic Montagu, DrPH, MBA, Assistant Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Institute for Global Health, UCSF.

Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, Lecturer and Research Specialist at UC Berkeley working in International Reproductive Health.

Sixty percent of health consultations in Vietnam are made in the private sector; 53% in Kenya; 85% in India. Yet most international public health assistance is channeled exclusively through governments, even where governments reach less than 20% of the population. This course will serve doctoral-level students intending to conduct research, policy work, or program implementation around health services in developing countries. Topics covered will include definition and typology of private provider sector in various countries; theories of private sector regulation, motivation, and research; methodological and practical issues in measuring provider importance, quality, and in influencing the activities of actors in private health delivery will be explored from viewpoints of both research and programmatic intervention. For more information contact dmontagu@uclink.berkeley.edu.

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