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July 15, 2011

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Summer 2011 in Oxford, England

Students will travel to Oxford, England, for the USC Dornsife class “Biological Sciences 499: Global Health.” The program, taught by the Oxford University faculty, will encompass five themes: challenges in global health, health policy and public health, tropical medicine, vaccinology, and international development and health.
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Students will be introduced to the major diseases and risks to health in developing world countries, learn to understand the risk factors for premature death in these countries and review the major prevention strategies and challenges for control of these diseases. Students will also examine policy issues and determinants of public health and health policy in international health, and acquire an introduction to tropical infectious diseases and review the strategies used to treat these diseases in resource-limited settings. The course will review the availability and use of vaccination in disease control in developing countries and the current impact of vaccination programs. Finally, students will learn to situate health in its wider social, economic and political context and acquire a basic understanding of the intimate, bi-directional relationship between health and development processes.
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Coordinator: Judy Haw, director of the Supplemental Instruction program at USC Dornsife. She is also the associate director of the Freshman Science Honors Program.

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