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Child and Public Health in the Tropics

Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, July 22, 2024
End Date
Friday, July 26, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2024

Bachelor’s degree and preferably a higher degree in fields such as nursing, engineering, biological/social sciences, but applicants from other backgrounds are welcome to confirm their eligibility by contacting the course instructor.

Introduces students to the major global causes of child mortality and the strategies and interventions to reduce child mortality. Includes specific topics: malaria, HIV, measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, neonatal disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Additional topics may include maternal mortality, eye diseases, demography and anthropometry. Focuses on and emphasizes a theme through the different lectures, with the tension and balance between horizontal approaches to child survival, such as Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), and vertical programs such as disease eradication programs. Discusses several papers published as part of the Lancet Child Survival and Lancet Neonatal Survival series, and gain hands-on experience applying different child survival strategies using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST).
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. List the major global causes of child mortality
  2. Describe interventions to reduce mortality from each of the major causes
  3. Explain the role of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in child morbidity and mortality
  4. Describe advantages and disadvantages of horizontal and vertical child survival programs
  5. List major challenges to reducing global child mortality
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Final Exam
Special Comments

• This is a hybrid course with both a synchronous online (223.686.49) section and an in-person section (223.686.11). Please choose the modality you need (either online or in-person) when registering.
• All students will be expected to attend classes synchronously. Exceptions will be considered. Requests to attend class asynchronously should be sent to the course instructor prior to registration.
• The course schedule will include break times