SPHU 312 From Biology to Policy: Issues and Strategies in Public Health

Focusing on a small number of specific health problems of global public health importance, this course traces the relationships among the biologic, sociologic, economic, and political factors involved in the identification, prevention and treatment of the health problem. The course helps students understand the dynamic tension that exists between various stakeholders involved in the disease intervention process and how these tensions play out in the public and global policy arena. The course will be transdisciplinary, emphasizing the connections between the biologic nature of disease and the social, economic and political context in which policy for dealing with disease is developed. Examples of diseases that may be addressed are AIDS, tuberculosis, heart disease, and breast cancer.