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The Role of Community-Based Organizations (Cbos) and Non-Governmental Organizations (Ngos) in Improving Global Public Health

Winter Institute
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
End Date
Friday, January 12, 2024
Class Time(s)
This course will be offered January 10-12, 2024.
W, Th, F, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Provides students with a working knowledge of NGOs and CBOs in health and public health, both domestically and internationally. Acquires on-the-ground insights and skills important to those planning a public health career from public health research, to service delivery, to health policy and management, both novice and expert. Presents the roles of CBOs/NGOs in a variety of arenas, including infectious disease control, environmental health, and disaster and humanitarian response. Provides basic skills and lessons, from starting and sustaining an organization, to working with CBOs/NGOs to achieve and maximize the success of your particular public health goals. Discusses the roles of CBOs/NGOs within the larger contexts of globalization, world politics, and social development. Includes guest lectures from domestic and internationally recognized organizations such as the American Red Cross, the National AIDS Fund, and the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the types and key roles of CBOs/NGOs in health and public health
  2. Outline the relationships of CBOs/NGOs among other key players impacting global health and public health, such as governments, industry, and donor foundations
  3. Better recognize how CBOs/NGOs may facilitate (or hinder) health and public health objectives
  4. Exercise skills and principles related to starting, sustaining and/or partnering effectively with CBOs/NGOs to achieve health and public health goals
  5. Describe the roles of CBOs/NGOs in the larger contexts of globalization, world politics, and social development
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Final Paper
Special Comments

Special comments: This course will be offered for 3 days in the Winter Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the class. Final paper due February 2, 2024.