UCSF Courses in International Health
Anthropology, History & Social Medicine
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Family & Community Medicine
IDS (Inter-Departmental Studies)
(4) § Fa, Wi, Sp. Seminar 2 hours.
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.
(2-4) Fa, Wi, Sp. Seminar 2 hours.
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. . (1-4)
§ Fa, Wi. Seminar 1-2 hours. Field Work 0-6 hours.
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.
140.02B. . (3-18)
Su, Fa, WI, Sp, SS1, SS2, SS3. Clerkship 8 hours.
Clerkships in clinical epidemiology in off-campus settings.
150.02.. (6-18) Su,
Fa, WI, SP, SS1, SS2, SS3. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Research
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).
140.70. . (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
105. . (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
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
(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. . (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. . (3-6)
Su, Fa, Wi, Sp, SS1, SS2, SS3. Prerequisites: Medicine 110 and approval
of third- and fourth-year coordinator.
Clinical clerkships in off-campus hospitals approved by the department
chairperson, third- and fourth-year coordinator and the dean.
260C. . (3) §
Sp. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Lecture 3 hours.
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. . (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.
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