Global Health Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective

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This introductory global health course aims to frame global health's collection of problems and actions within a particular biosocial perspective. It develops a toolkit of interdisciplinary analytical approaches and uses them to examine historical and contemporary global health initiatives with careful attention to a critical sociology of knowledge. Four physician-anthropologists - Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee - draw on experience working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Americas to investigate what the field of global health comprises, how global health problems are defined and constructed, and how global health interventions play out in both expected and unexpected ways.

The course seeks to inspire and teach the following principles:

A global awareness. This course aims to enable learners to recognize the role of distinctive traditions, governments, and histories in shaping health a...

This introductory global health course aims to frame global health's collection of problems and actions within a particular biosocial perspective. It develops a toolkit of interdisciplinary analytical approaches and uses them to examine historical and contemporary global health initiatives with careful attention to a critical sociology of knowledge. Four physician-anthropologists - Paul Farmer, Arthur Kleinman, Anne Becker, and Salmaan Keshavjee - draw on experience working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Americas to investigate what the field of global health comprises, how global health problems are defined and constructed, and how global health interventions play out in both expected and unexpected ways.

The course seeks to inspire and teach the following principles:

A global awareness. This course aims to enable learners to recognize the role of distinctive traditions, governments, and histories in shaping health and well being. In addition, rather than framing a faceless mass of poor populations as the subject of global health initiatives, the course uses ethnographies and case studies to situate global health problems in relation to the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

A foundation in social and historical analysis. The course demonstrates the value of social theory and historical analysis in understanding health and illness at individual and societal levels.

An ethical engagement. Throughout the course, learners will be asked to critically evaluate the ethical frameworks that have underpinned historical and contemporary engagement in global health. Learners will be pushed to consider the moral questions of inequality and suffering as well as to critically evaluate various ethical frameworks that motivate and structure attempts to redress these inequities.

A sense of inspiration and possibility. While the overwhelming challenges of global health could all too easily engender cynicism, passivity, and helplessness, learners will observe that no matter how complex the field of global health and no matter how steep the challenges, it is possible to design, implement, and foster programs and policies that make enormous positive change in the lives of the world’s poorest and suffering people.


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2 years, 11 months ago
This has been an excellent MOOC with well selected readings and well spoken presentations from the best experts in the world on their topic. This course works well in combination with Readings in Global Health. The grading system is fair, discussions and material are thought provoking and is one of the very best examples of an excellent MOOC from Harvard. It has been an exceptional learning experience.
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3 years, 1 month ago
A fantastic course taught by some of the most impressive intellectuals I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. As practitioners in the field they have a special authority in stating what are the most important social theories for understanding the societal context of health outcomes. From the cellular mechanics to the policies of global monetary institutions, they give the full story of why people get sick. I look forward to taking this class a second time as I'm sure I will continue to draw more from this excellent course.
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Ismail C.qadir

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3 years, 4 months ago
First, I think that i will gain knowledge, I will help to my community. this course is very important to me, because my community's health is very low.
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3 years, 5 months ago
Without a doubt the best MOOC I have discovered, and one of the few I have completed. Gave an amazing understanding of social theories and Global Health, and the quality of the academic staff and teaching, particularly from Paul Farmer is outstanding. A must for anyone interested in Global Health
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