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Join a global health community to analyze how power structures shape the response to disease, and the approaches taken all over the world in the fight against Ebola, HIV/AIDS, MDR-TB, and the burden of mental health.
With your own professional context in mind, engage with a toolkit of six social theories from a biosocial perspective, used to understand the interrelated biological and social factors found in complex global health challenges.
The course takes you on a contextual journey through the spread of Ebola, HIV/AIDS and MDR-TB, as well as the burden of mental health globally. By analyzing case studies from around the world, including Liberia, Rwanda, Haiti, Tajikistan and Russia, you’ll find opportunities to integrate key learnings into your own practices. Along the way, you’ll inspect the roles that foreign aid and governing structures play in facilitating healthcare solutions across the globe. As the mark of a transformative experience that delivers deep learning and meaningful connection, an ongoing project culminates in the design of a health intervention for real-world application that — when combined with your premier HarvardX certficate — serves as a powerful statement of your commitment to reducing healthcare disparity.
What you'll accomplish:
- Use a biosocial framework to illustrate how social factors influence the spread of disease
- Deconstruct health challenges through social theories to identify restrictions and challenges
- Analyze health challenges from historical and socio-political perspectives to understand underlying power dynamics
- Reflect on how the assumptions characterizing the AIDS movement can be identified and addressed in other contexts
- Recommend ways to adapt healthcare models from the case studies for new contexts
- Evaluate how ideologies, the framing of problems, and the choice of metrics shape health policy
- Design a global health intervention for implementation in a particular context, drawing on the theories and cases explored throughout the course