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Urban Health in Developing Countries

4th Term
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Explores the emerging public health issues associated with rapid growth of urban population in developing countries, with a particular focus on the urban poor. Includes urban demography, epidemiology, changes in urban physical and social environment and their consequences for health, nutritional issues, the inadequacy of conventional health services, and the design and implementation of a coordinated and cost-effective health care system. Introduces these concepts and presents case studies for analysis. Emphasizes sensitizing and capacity-building by exposing public health professionals and researchers to the unique urban health problems of developing countries.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the key issues associated with rapid growth of urban population in developing countries
  2. Describe the burden of both chronic and Infectious diseases in urban areas of low- and middle-income countries
  3. Critically analyze some of these issues and their implications for public health
  4. Formulate appropriate strategies to solve the problems based on analysis
  5. Examine methods to deal with the emerging and complex issues of urban health in developing countries by reviewing successful case studies
  6. Critically analyze the successes and weaknesses of each case study, the lessons learned from them, and learn to apply the lessons
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 66% Assignments
  • 17% Quizzes
  • 17% Discussion Board
Enrollment Restriction
OPAL Students Only