Global Health Graduate Summer Program

University of Haifa, International School

Program Description

Global Health Graduate Summer Program

University of Haifa, International School

The goal of this program is to identify and develop a future generation of people who will lead health systems around the world. They will come together in Israel, learn together, develop life-long relationships with colleagues from around the world and then return home to promote the best practices in health care and to work to develop the best health system for their own nation.

At the completion of the program, students will have acquired new skills in leadership and new knowledge of health care delivery. Students will receive credits from the University of Haifa, which may well be applied to their home universities. They will also receive a certificate of completion of the program.

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The curriculum includes the following courses:

Public Health Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

This course will provide an overview of human sexual behavior and the ways in which this behavior may pose a potential threat to human health. It will also cover the epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV.

Leadership and Management of International Organizations

Public health leaders need to remove the barriers between countries to work in partnership with public health colleagues all over the world. This course provides an introduction and overview to leadership and management in global public health sectors. This course further develops leadership and managerial competencies relevant for work in governmental and non-governmental organizations across the globe. Assessment, practice and development of leadership, managerial and organizational skills will be accomplished through team exercises, and small group work. This course will make extensive use of actual global issues the students face presented using the case study method. A major emphasis of this course is to provide a strong theoretical foundation to support and extend effective practice of leadership in a variety of cultural settings. This course will examine emotional intelligence applications in organizations and the extent to which it varies across countries around the globe.

Community Health

This course provides students with theoretical and practical skills for analyzing community health settings and for planning community health projects (domestic and global). During this course we will learn about theoretical models for project development, see examples of community health projects in different settings in the Israeli health care system, and will gain experience in the process of community project development. A number of field experiences will expose students to on-going community health activities, demonstrative of health care in Israel

Global Health Systems

Designed for future leaders to have content knowledge, this course provides future leaders with knowledge of international health systems that will give them a foundation of knowledge to improve health care in the future by improving health systems, understanding current best practices in health systems, and learning how to improve those systems that need improvement.

Psychological & Behavioral Factors in Global Health

Does the advertising of pharmaceuticals correlate with addiction? How has the Western world influenced the alarming rate of global obesity and diabetes? Why is it often the case that female sexual health is objectified? When is physician assisted suicide an ethical option for terminally ill patients? This course will examine the impact of culture, social psychological phenomenon, and gender on an array of global health issues. These issues include psychological disorder stereotypes and treatment; obesity; pharmaceuticals and addiction; sexual health; moral choices in terminal illness decision-making; religion and stigma in seeking medical treatment; and the marketing of health. Course materials will consist of intriguing journal articles, interactive lecture, fascinating documentaries, and your own unique perspective. A text book is not required. To enhance application-based learning, the final project will require students to work in groups to solve a case-study using the knowledge they have gained throughout the course.

Sociology of Health and Illness

Sociology of health has emerged as one of the key yet relatively unrecognized subfields of health research that spans the population health, health services and policy research fields. It has been an important contributing field to key policy decision-makers and the growing field of health knowledge translation. In this course, we begin with the idea that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge, but instead, we must also consider a variety of social, political, economic, and cultural forces. Sociologists of health and illness, also known as medical sociologists, use sociological perspectives and methods to understand the difference between looking at medicine and health care issues from an individualist and bio-medical model to a social and cultural model. In this course we will examine these differences and their implication for health care leaders, health care policy and delivery. During this course students will learn about the social and cultural context of health and medicine.

Leadership Seminar Series

Students are also invited to attend sessions of the Leadership Seminar that occur during the summer program. This is a unique seminar-based curriculum in global health leadership. The series will feature lively interactions with speakers who are global health experts. The speakers will be invited to discuss leadership in the professional world and strategies to address pressing global health challenges. During the seminar series, students will also develop a sophisticated understanding of global governmental and non-governmental health care organizations and the personal skills needed to play leadership roles in these organizations. The seminar sessions will be offered twice per month.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 12, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Oct. 2017
Part time
2,500 USD
Start date Oct. 2017
Israel Haifa
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