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Poverty, Economic Development, and Health

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Academic Year
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Other Year
Next Offered
2025 - 2026
Introduces students to leading theories in economic development and in the macroeconomic determinants of the health of populations, communities, and individuals. Reviews both historical and current cases to answer the following questions: What is economic development? How does economic development occur? Which aspects of development improve and which aspects are detrimental to human health? Can policymakers plot more “hygienic” plans for economic development? Do investments in health and family planning cause economies to prosper?
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Distinguish competing definitions of household poverty, macroeconomic development and describe the flaws in commonly used development indicators
  2. Distinguish among the major theories that explain reasons behind economic development
  3. Distinguish and evaluate leading theories that link economic development to health, demographic transition, and urbanization
  4. Summarize current research on the interaction between urbanization, poverty, and health
  5. Evaluate research claims that health investments stimulate economic development
  6. Decide when historical public health interventions were and were not suited to the economic environment of the target population