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UGS_303_Fall_2010-Global Inequalities and Health

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Fall 2010 Signature Course on GLOBAL INEQUALITIES AND HEALTH UGS 303 INSTRUCTOR Jacqueline L. Angel, Ph.D. MEETING TIME Monday and Wednesday, 2-3 p.m LOCATION Location: Burdine (BUR) 208 OFFICE HOURS Monday and Wednesday 3-4 pm; (BUR 460); and by appointment. CONTACT INFORMATION PHONE: 512.471.2956 E-MAIL: [email protected] TEACHING ASSISTANTS Sofia G. Ayala, [email protected] , Thursday, 2-3 pm and by appointment, FAC 1C Stipica Mudrazija, [email protected] , Tuesday, 11 am – 12 noon and by appointment, FAC 1C FRIDAY DISCUSSION SECTION Unique Time TA Location 63745 12:00 - 1:00 Stipica Mudrazija WEL 4.224 63755 1:00 - 2:00 Sofia Ayala MAI 220A 63760 2:00 - 3:00 Sofia Ayala MAI 220A 63765 2:00 - 3:00 Stipica Mudrazija WEL 3.260 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course provides an overview of the physical and mental health of human populations in the poor and the more affluent nations of the world. The course is divided into three sections. The first third of the course consists of an examination of morbidity and mortality among different social groups in the United States and other nations. It includes an extensive review of data from the United Nations and other sources that document large disparities in illness and death within countries, and massive differentials in health between the developing and developed worlds. In this part of the course, we review data showing historical changes in patterns of disease that reveal that while acute diseases continue to ravage the developing world, chronic diseases have become the major causes of disability and death in the developed nations. The second third of the course focuses on the health of specific subgroups, including children, women, the elderly, native populations, minority groups, and immigrants. Social characteristics that are
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associated with differential socioeconomic status are also associated with differential health levels. Although population health levels are influenced by such factors as nutrition, education, and political stability, health care systems are also important. The final third of the course focuses on health care delivery and different national health care systems. In many of the poorest nations, and in those that have experienced serious political upheavals, health care systems have collapsed or simply have too few resources to provide adequate care to the entire population. As part of our discussion of differential access to health care we will examine the basic principles that define equity in health care. A core focus of the course will be on the consequences of aging populations and improved medical technology on the health care systems of the world. Aging populations and medical innovation contribute to high rates of medical inflation and soaring hospital costs that raise serious challenges to governments and raise important public policy concerns. We will compare and contrast health care systems with more universal coverage, such as those of the European nations, to those with a more market based approach, such as that of the United States.
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