HBEHED 550 Jan 7 - Professor Snow Hello I am currently...

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Professor Snow, Hello! I am currently registered for your HBHE 550 course and wanted to inquire some information in regards to the difficulty of this course. I am an undergraduate senior interested in eventually obtaining my MPH in the next few years. I noticed that this course didn’t have any prerequisites and I was able to register for it. I am a hard worker and would absolutely love to learn about the infrastructural challenges in promoting interventions for HIV/AIDS, however, I did want to touch base with you first and see whether this course is permissible with my background or if it is solely meant for graduate students. Best, Arwa Mesiwala Consolidation exercises: give you description of a “world” and then asked to design the best intervention with a certain set of parameters and why those parameters. o Come to class, read the REQUIRED readings. If those two things are done, you will do fine. o Expectations about readings: qualitative papers need to be read (the whole entire thing; narrative commentaries). Standard epidemiologic journal article, read effectively: read what (results) GO immediately to figures and tables (figure and tables should stand alone and should enough information that you can see where the information is collected and what it is showing); read the methods next (what generated that); *READ METHODS AND RESULTS IN DETAILS; don’t read discussion (usually misinterpret data), don’t read introduction, and DON’T read abstracts. Where we are today in the epidemic: UNAIDS is a good resource for state of epidemic and deflect consolidation of data at the end of 2008; people living with HIV/AIDS is 33 million people (really in the range of 55-60 million; why? Because at least 20 million people have died); children under 15 would be 2 million and adults is 31 million; overwhelmingly an adult epidemic; people newly infected in 2008 is 2.7 million (adults is 2.3 million); adults in reproductive years mainly affected Focus this course on high-risk areas like sub-saharan Africa, carribbean, east Asia; little talk about U.S., Europe, etc. HAITI in carribbean has a similar statistic rates as sub-Saharan Africa; AIDS mortality: Consistent with Steinberg; mortality is consistent with the aids in sub-Saharan African and mortality continues to decline (?) UNAIDS giving evidence that anti-retroviral therapy is infact successful; red line shows aids related deaths; shows that therapy (blue line) care; mistake: anti- retroviral CARE not propholaxsis; shows what regions care is helping; Latin America doing well; Carribbean is small numbers and shows regionally concentrated epidemic; NOTE: 5 of the 6 numbers are in thousands, 1 figure is in millions (sSA); the scale shows a differentiation; there is some success in SSA
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(blue line shows about 1.4 million people dying without care expected in 2008);
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