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International Political Science for Ph Practitioners

East Baltimore
2nd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Thursday, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Provides a basic understanding of structures of authority and power; economics and political systems; role and limits of international organizations in development; current concepts of development and the political process; state collapse; and the origins of conflicts. Focus is on developing countries. Compares regional political trends and forces in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet bloc that affect health of populations and development of health services. It is an introduction for Public Health students to International Political Science. Stress aspects of political science which have the greatest impact on development and health of populations, particularly in developing countries.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define a collapsed state and list the signs of impending state weakness
  2. Discuss the limitations of fragile states and be able to set out the ways health systems must adapt to function in these circumstances
  3. List the ways political trends affect disease patterns and development programs