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Global Health Dynamics in Practice: Exploring power, colonial legacies, foreign aid, leadership accountability, and institutions

East Baltimore
4th Term
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Thursday, 12:00 - 1:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
- Do you want to influence policy and enable change on a large scale? - Are you curious about power dynamics and imbalances in global health? - Is decolonization the holy grail or a popular delusion? - Do you wonder why many developing countries are so dependent on foreign aid for health?
Explores the concepts and dynamic practices of power, colonial legacies, foreign aid, leadership accountability, and institutional functions in global health. Draws upon the literature and real-life examples from the Instructor’s experiences in global health policy and financing, including at the World Bank, Global Fund, WHO, and UNAIDS. Uses case studies and guest speakers to catalyze class discussions for joint learning.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognize the origins of contemporary power dynamics among stakeholders and the institutional pathways through which influence is wielded in global health policies and programs
  2. Determine pathways to accountable leadership and partnerships for health policies and programs, and recognize incentives that improve or hinder such accountability
  3. Examine the main components of foreign aid (specifically, development assistance for health) and the incentives that shape their relationships with country health financing policy priorities and programs
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 60% Participation
  • 40% Exam(s)