Core Courses

BIST 501: Introductory Biostatistics
Fall semester, 3 credits

This course is designed for introductory biostatistical theory and application for students pursuing a master's degree in fields outside of the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics. Students first learn the four pillars of exploring and displaying data appropriately, exploring relationships between two variables, issues of gathering sample data, and understanding randomness and probability. On these pillars, students then can develop the platform for statistical inference including proportions and means, multiple regression, and ANOVA.

GLOH 503: Research Methods 1 - Epidemiological Methods
Fall semester, 3 credits

This introductory graduate course presents the principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distributions of health and disease in populations and factors that influence those distributions. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts, rather than quantitative methods, although calculations are involved. The course also provides basic research skill training including literature review strategies; human subject protection strategies; research proposal writing; and report presentation. Through the combination of lectures, readings, critical review of papers, case studies, and lab on research proposal writing, students without prior coursework in epidemiology will acquire the core competencies in epidemiology research expected of all Master level Global Health graduates.

GHDP 517: Health Economics and Finance
Fall semester, 3 credits

This course provides a structure for understanding and analyzing health and health care issues. The course will develop tools needed to analyze issues and problems in the sector, and review the incentives and solutions that have been tested across low, middle- and high-income countries to improve the equity, efficiency and impact of health care investments. It will address issues surrounding public and private delivery and finance and analyze how these interact, and discuss alternative policies for promoting effective and affordable health care services. The course focuses on tools and policy levers in the health sector that apply to health care delivery and finance in all countries, and evidence and experience from countries at different levels of income will be drawn upon to illustrate good and bad practice applying the tools learned in the course.

GLOH 520: Health Policy and Systems
Fall semester, 3 credits

Health policy and health systems are among the most important determinants of population health outcomes. This course provides essential skills to formulate health policy, and to understand, analyze, and evaluate health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Weekly meetings provide a forum for discussing and analyzing many important areas, including governance and performance issues for health systems and health programs. Additionally, special attention will be paid to health system reform and the processes for developing an implementing improved policies. Because health systems exist within larger socio-economic and political contexts, this course also examines the interaction of these issues and system design and performance. The course also situates current trends in health systems within other relevant trends in development practice.

GLOH 603: Implementation Science
Fall semester, 1 credit

GLOH 601: Research Methods II
Spring semester, 3 credits

Note: MSGH students are required to enroll in both GLOH 601 and GLOH 602 courses

This course introduces students to a wide range of different types of global health research; covers foundational elements of empirical research including research design and data collection and analysis; addresses practical issues in the context of global health research such as obtaining research funding, proposal writing, human subjects protection, and communication of research; and affords students an opportunity to apply what they learn in the development of a research proposal. An in-depth examination of issues related to monitoring and evaluation in global public health are covered in the companion two hour credit course, Methods, Policy and Practice of Monitoring and Evaluation in Public Health: A Survey.

GLOH 504: Introduction to mHealth
Spring semester, 1 credit

The purpose of this course is to develop students understanding of the field of mHealth, be able to develop basic data collection tools using mobile technology platforms and to understand the state of the evidence that guide the implementation of mHealth programming in developing countries.