Course: Health in the Americas
Publisher/Organizer: Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization, and the
Department of Global Health of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF)
Dates: 11-29 May 2009
Application deadline: Application deadline: 15 January 2009
Based on the 2007 edition of PAHO's Health in the Americas, this course addresses the issue of health as a human right and examines critical determinants of health and disparities that persist in the Region. Specifically, this course aims to:
- Evaluate the current health situation and trends in the Americas.
- Discuss the health care systems and programs developed within the Region.
- Provide a systematic approach to the analysis of the health situation in the Americas, while focusing on statistics from within the Region.
Course topics will include health analysis methods; demography and population trends; health within the context of development; communicable diseases in the Americas; chronic disease; behavioral health risks; sustainable development; environmental health; public policies and health care systems; medicine, health care technologies and research; and world, regional, and subregional initiatives to improve population health.
Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of English. However, bilingual instructors and language assistants will be available to aid students.