Global Health Academic Offerings

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At UNC Gillings we believe that local health is global health and global health is public health. Global and local content is infused across our courses, programs and degrees. In addition, we have several specific academic program offerings and courses in each department that have a global health focus. A snapshot of the global health academic offerings and courses are provided below.

Global Health Academic Offerings

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The Global Online MPH track provides working professionals around the world with public health skills to analyze and develop solutions to address issues in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; the leadership skills to apply contemporary leadership models; and the practice skills to integrate, apply and synthesize knowledge to develop best implementation practices for promoting healthy communities.

The Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership prepares mid-to-senior level professionals for top positions in organizations working to improve the public’s health. The three-year, cohort-based distance program confers a DrPH in Health Administration. The Program targets diverse individuals working full-time in the U.S. or internationally with substantial leadership responsibilities in communities, organizations and institutions.

GGG_cgh_graphic02The Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health enhances students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective and with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills in communication, diversity and cultural competency, professionalism and ethics, and systems thinking. The Certificate in Global Health is open to students enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

GGG_ocgh_graphic03The Online Certificate in Global Health strengthens the global health competencies and abilities of healthcare practitioners throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. It is a formal academic certificate for non-degree-seeking students that examines complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale.

Global Health Courses

A list of courses infused with global health specific content at UNC Gillings is below and shown by department. Students should check with their departmental student services managers regarding taking courses from other departments in regards to degree requirements or any permissions needed to register for a class.

Please visit the partner pages for courses that specifically count towards each global health certificate (do not go by the courses listed on this current page below):

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Biostatistics Show Details

BIOS 670 Demographic Techniques I
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/BIOS_670_Syllabus_Fall_2016.pdf
This course is global.

670 DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES I (3). Source and interpretation of demographic data; rates and ratios, standardization, complete and abridged life tables; estimation and projection of fertility, mortality, migration, and population composition. Fall. Suchindran and Bilsborrow.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering Show Details

ENVR 421 Environmental Health Microbiology
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Sobsey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/ENVR-421-Course-Description-Learning-Objctives-Schedule.pdf
This course is global.

Required preparation, introductory course in microbiology or permission of the instructor. Presentation of the microbes of public health importance in water, food, and air, including their detection, occurrence, transport, and survival in the environment; epidemiology and risks from environmental exposure. Two lecture and two laboratory hours per week.

ENVR 610 Global Environmental Health Inequalities
3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Woods | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/SYLLABUS-ENVR-610-SP17.pdf
This course is global.

Students will learn about how social, economic, and political factors impact environmental health outcomes and will be introduced to theories and methods for incorporating social determinants frameworks into environmental health research, as well as the role of environmental justice movements.

ENVR 675 Air Pollution, Chemistry, and Physics
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): West | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/AirPollution-Syllabus.pdf
This course is global.

This class is designed for graduate students planning for research in air pollution, emphasizing chemical kinetics and engineering approaches to problem solving in addition to atmospheric structure, meteorology, and modeling. We address problems of stratospheric and tropospheric ozone, particulate matter, and acid rain. We emphasize quantitative problem solving in homework.

ENVR 682 Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Global Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Bartram/Sobsey | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/ENVR-682-syllabus-1.pdf
This course is global.

Course builds on understanding of infectious and toxic hazards, disease causation and environmental transmission .  Deals with: hazard and disease classification; ‘safety’;  ‘risk’ and vulnerability;interventions and their health impact; approaches in different settings; distal factors  (e.g. water scarcity and climate change) and approaches to study of WaSH and health.

ENVR 685 Water and Sanitation Policy in Lesser Developed Countries
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Whittington | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/ENVR-Plan-685-2017-Syllabus-Jan-7-.pdf
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor. Seminar on policy and planning approaches for providing improved community water and sanitation services in developed countries. Topics include the choice of appropriate technology and level of service, pricing, metering, and connection charges; cost recovery and targeting subsidies to the poor; water venting; community participation in the management and operation of water systems; and rent-seeking behavior in the provision of water supplies.

ENVR 755 Analysis of Water Resource Systems
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Characklis | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/ENVR755_F2016.pdf
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Use of mathematical models to design and evaluate regional water supply and treatment systems. Engineering and economic methods are incorporated into quantitative analyses of regional scenarios. Social and political aspects also discussed. Three lecture hours per week.

ENVR 785 Public Investment Theory (PLAN 785) (PLCY 785)
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Whittington | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/08/ESE-PLAN-785-Syllabus-Schedule-Spring-2015-Jan-7.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, PLAN 710. Basic theory, process, and techniques of public investment planning and decision making, involving synthesis of economic, political, and technologic aspects. Theory underlying benefit-cost analysis, adaptation to a descriptive and normative model for planning public projects and programs.

Epidemiology Show Details

EPID 751 Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/EPID751_fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

Basic principles of infectious diseases, focusing on emerging and re-emerging disease agents that affect public health. Includes an introduction to the biology of viruses, bacteria, and eukaryotic parasites.

EPID 754 Advanced Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/EPID_syllabus_epid754_spring2014.pdf
This course is global.

This course covers theories, concepts, study designs, and analytical methods of particular importance in studying infectious outcomes. Teaching methods include lectures, hands-on computer practicals, article discussions, and written assignments.

EPID 756 Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-766.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, EPID 600[160]. Epidemiology and control of selected infectious diseases prevalent in developing countries. Course involves lectures, critical discussions of published articles and a final exam. Three lecture hours per week.

EPID 757 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/EPID757_Spring2017.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, EPID 600. This course examines the epidemiology of AIDS from an international perspective. It considers the AIDS pandemic in a broad epidemiologic perspective, including key aspects of basic, clinical, and social science. Three lecture hours per week.

EPID 760 Vaccine Epidemiology
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3‑4 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Smith | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/EPID759_Spring2017.pdf
This course is global.

An overview of vaccinology principles, mechanisms of action, and herd protection, and statistical considerations. Students will obtain understanding of how vaccines are produced by industry, undergo preclinical evaluation, and evaluated for efficacy in clinical trials.

EPID 785 ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/EPID785_Spring2017.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisites, EPID 710[168] and BIOS 600[110]. Epidemiologic ideas and methods applied to evaluation and control of human health consequences of environmental hazards. Pollution of environmental media and global change are considered from a human-ecological perspective, with local and international examples. Threelecturehours per week.

EPID 799B Special Studies in Epidemiology II
2 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/EPID799B_fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

Experimental course to be offered by faculty to determine the need and demand for the subject. Topics will be chosen by faculty based on current public health issues. Two credits option.

EPID 826 SOCIAL EPIDEMIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND MEASURES
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/EPID826_fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

Pre- or co-requisite, EPID 600. This course provides an overview of key concepts, methods and findings in research on social determinants of population health. Classes will consist of a didactic presentation followed by in-class group work modules and large group summary discussion.

EPID 898 GLOBAL HEALTH ETHICS SEMINAR
2 Credit Hours
This course is global.

Prerequisite, basic knowledge of epidemiology or permission of instructor. Seminar aims to introduce students to the myriad of complex ethical issues that arise from health research, health policy, and health care practice in both domestic and international contexts. Two seminar hours per week

Health Behavior Show Details

HBEH 710 Community Capacity, Competence, and Power
Semesters Offered: Spring | Type: Elective | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Eng, Lightfoot | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/HB_sy_hbeh710_spring2017.pdf
This course is global.

The nature and delineation of participatory action research and its relevance to concepts, principles, and practices of community empowerment. Students learn methods (such as photovoice) through learning projects.

HBEH 753 Qualitative Research Methods
Semesters Offered: Spring | Type: Core | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Maman | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/HB_sy_hbeh753_spring2017.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, HBEH 750. Approaches to designing qualitative research studies for the development and evaluation of public health programs. Emphasis is on the practice of collecting and analyzing data from individual interviews, focus group discussions, and observations.

HBEH 754 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Health Behavior and Health Research
Semesters Offered: Fall | Type: Core | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Barrington | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/03/HB_sy_HBEH754_Fall_2016_3.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, HBHE 753. This course provides advanced graduate students in public health and related fields the opportunity to explore different analytic approaches and techniques and develop analysis and writing skills. Students will apply methods they learn to analyze, interpret and write-up the results of their own qualitative research.

HBEH 756 Social and Peer Support in Health: An Ecological and Global Perspective
Semesters Offered: Spring | Type: Elective | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Fisher | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/HB_sy_hbeh756_spring2017.pdf
This course is global.

Course will survey social support in health, including the nature and key processes of social support, cultural influences in different countries, and approaches to promoting peer support in health promotion around the world. Term assignment will entail planning a peer support program or research project of the student’s choice.

HBEH 815 Foundations of Health Behavior I
Semesters Offered: Fall
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| Type: Core | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Golden and Muessig | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/HB_sy_HBHE-815_2mods_fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. A critical examination of the conceptual, theoretical, and empirical bases of public health and health education, health transitions, globalization, and issues around social justice.

HBEH 893 Global Mental Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Fisher | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/HB_sy_hbeh893_fall2016.pdf
This course is global.
Intended audience: Master’s and doctoral students, fellows, and upper-level undergraduates. No prerequisite. Scope: Global fundamentals, characteristics, public health impacts, prevention, and management of mental health and mental illness. (Offered in fall 2016)

Health Policy and Management Show Details

HPM 660 International and Comparative Health Systems
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/06/hpm_660_syllabus.pdf
This course is global.

Methods of comparing health systems, examinations of related national health systems, and analysis of related high prevalence health issues.

HPM 715 Health Economics for Policy and Management
3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/hpm715_002_syllabus.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, BIOS 600. Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Provides training in the theory of health economics and applies this theory to important issues in health policy and management.

Maternal and Child Health Show Details

MHCH 680 Global Sexual and Reproductive Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Cilenti | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-680.pdf
This course is global.

Featuring international experts from UNC-Chapel Hill and Triangle-based nongovernmental organizations, this course will offer a series of lectures, panel discussions, and debates to inform students’ critical thinking on key public health issues in global sexual and reproductive health.

MHCH 700 MHCH Planning and Evaluation
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Roth | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/MHCH-700-Final-Syllabus_Fall-2016.doc
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Limited to residential students in public health. This course will familiarize students with basic concepts and methodologies required for effective public health program planning and evaluation in a variety of settings, both domestic and global. The majority of this course is taught online.

MHCH 716 International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Bloom | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Spring-2017-MHCH-716-.pdf
This course is global.

Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Course provides overview of critical issues including major theoretical frameworks, patterns and trends over time, and overview of history of family planning and reproductive health policy development. Three lecture hours per week.

MHCH 722 Global Maternal and Child Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Ongechi | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/CourseSyllabusMHCH722Fall2016.pdf
This course is global.

This course covers the main causes of maternal and under-five morbidity and mortality in developing countries and also the interventions, policies, and research which address these causes. Emphasis is placed on both distal and proximate determinants, measurement and indicators, and conceptual frameworks.

MHCH 723 Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of MCH Programs
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Barden-O'Fallon | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/09/Class_Syllabus_MCH_723_Fall_2016.doc
This course is global.

This course provides the students with the basic concepts and methodologies needed to monitor and evaluate programs in maternal and child health both domestically and internationally.

MHCH 890 1 Special Topics in Maternal & Child Health: Systems Integration and Adaptive Leadership in Women’s Health
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 1‑5 Credit Hours | Instructor(s): Varies | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/01/Health-Equity-890.pdf
This course is global.

Nutrition Show Details

NUTR 696-006 Taxes, Bans, & Burgers: Directed Readings
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hour | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/02/NUTR-696-006-Spring-20161.pdf
This course is global.
NUTR 745 International Nutrition
Semesters Offered: Fall-Alternative Years | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/09/NUTR-745-Fall-2014.pdf
This course is global.

Provides a broad overview of international nutrition research issues, programs, and policies. Topics will include micronutrient deficiencies, child feeding and growth, determinants of under- and over-nutrition, chronic disease and nutrition, food fortification and supplementation, and nutrition intervention programs and policy.

NUTR 809 Qualitative Research Methods in Nutrition
Semesters Offered: Spring | 2 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/02/NUTR-809-Spring-20161.pdf
This course is global.

Prerequisite, permission of instructor.  Fundamentals of nutrition intervention and policy research including conceptualization of research questions, hypothesis writing, and design of clinical and community trials.  Applied focus on historical and innovative trials’ design and implementation.

Public Health Leadership Program Show Details

PUBH 420 AIDS: Principles and Policy
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hour | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH-420-and-720-AIDS-Syllabus_Spring-2017.pdf
This course is global.

Elective course jointly given by the Schools of Dentistry, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine designed to provide a multifaceted understanding of social, clinical and biological aspects of the AIDS epidemic.

PUBH 500 Global Health Discussion Series
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring | 0.5 Credit Hour | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH500-Syllabus.pdf
This course is global.

Provides opportunities for students to get to know each other through an exchange and discussion. Students exchange points of view with globally experienced faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.

PUBH 704 Foundations of Global Public Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 2 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/pubh-704_syllabus_2017_spring.pdf
This course is global.

Students will gain a broader understanding of population-based global health issues and social determinants of health. Critically examines global health topics with learning from on-line modules, readings, and a series of seminar classes (Tues 330-5 PM, every other week, spring semester). This course qualifies as an elective towards the Certificate in Global Health. 2 credits (or 3 with additional paper as per syllabus)

PUBH 705 One Health: Philosophy to Practical Application of Human, Animal and Environmental Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1‑3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH-705-Syllabus_Spring-2017.pdf
This course is global.

Graduate/professional seminar (with team project), cross-listed at Duke University School of Medicine and North Carolina State University. The purpose is to facilitate understanding of one health as an inexorably linked system requiring the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines and to promote cross-campus and cross-discipline interactions. This is an early evening 2 credit hour course held weekly on Tuesdays (5:30 – 7:30pm). Students can also sign up for 1 or 3 credits: in addition to regular course work, 3-credit students will be required to attend a Thursday morning, one hour (8:30am – 9:30am) discussion session; students who enroll for 1 credit will be required to attend all Tuesday night discussions with an adjusted course work load.

PUBH 711 Critical Issues in Global Public Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/08/pubh711_syllabus_2016_fall.pdf
This course is global.

This course explores contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examines the complex tapestry of social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect global health; analyzes global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and exposes students to opportunities in global health work and research. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the Online Global Health Certificate Program.

PUBH 712 Global Health Ethics
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH-712-Syllabus-_Spring-2017_.pdf
This course is global.

This course will introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of public health ethics. Develop students analytical skills to evaluate ethical issues related to public health policy, prevention, treatment, and research. Topics include: ethical reasoning; concepts of justice; principles of interacting with communities; professional conduct and research. Online course.

PUBH 714 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs
Semesters Offered: Summer | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/08/pubh714_syllabus_2016_summer.pdf
This course is global.

This course covers the fundamental concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluation of public health programs such as for HIV/AIDS/STDs, maternal health, reproductive health, child health, environment, and nutrition. Basic concepts and practices in M&E will be covered such as logic models, theory of change, indicators, data collection methods, process evaluation, research design and mixed methods. Students will be required to work in small groups to create a M&E plan for a global health case study.

PUBH 716 Applied Quality Improvement Methods in Healthcare and Public Health
Semesters Offered: Spring | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH-716-2017-Syllabus_Spring-2017.pdf
This course is global.

The course objective is to gain skills in planning, testing, implementing, and spreading changes for organizational improvement. The course will follow the PlanDo-Study-Act (PDSA) model to teach students how to conduct an improvement project using a case study. Students will learn to use “R” software to analyze data. Knowledge of “R” is not required for this course.

PUBH 720 The AIDS Course
Semesters Offered: Spring | 1 Credit Hour | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2017/02/PUBH-420-and-720-AIDS-Syllabus_Spring-2017.pdf
This course is global.

Elective course jointly given by the Schools of Dentistry, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine designed to provide a multifaceted understanding of social, clinical and biological aspects of the AIDS epidemic.

PUBH 725 The AIDS Course
Semesters Offered: Summer | 1 Credit Hour | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/08/pubh725_syllabus_2016_summer.pdf
This course is global.

Elective course jointly given by the Schools of Dentistry, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medicine designed to provide a multifaceted understanding of social, clinical and biological aspects of the AIDS epidemic.

SPHG Show Details

SPHG 700 Introduction to Global Public Health
Semesters Offered: Fall | 3 Credit Hours | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2016/08/sphg700_syllabus_2016_fall.pdf
This course is global.

This course is an introduction to public health with an emphasis on global public health. The course begins by providing solid definitions of public health and global health. The course then looks at key global forces shaping global health, including globalization, public health systems, law and ethics, emerging epidemics and climate change.