Faculty in the Center teach formal graduate-level courses in selected topics in International Health.

Framework Program for Global Health

INTH 301/INTH401: Global Health

The framework program integrates a variety of academic disciplines at Case Western Reserve University that are relevant to Global Health. Students participating in individual academic programs will have an opportunity to expand their exposure to these other disciplines through an introductory Global Health course, INTH 301/401. Students may then use the resources of this program to apply their individual course of study to a specific area of Global Health through additional courses and/or with international experiences. For more information, visit the Framework Program for Global Health webpage.

International Health Epidemiology Courses

INTH 447: Global Health: Outbreak Investigation in Real-Time

Instructor: TBD

Offered:   Due to the complexities of time zones for this international course, the course will begin at 8:00a.m. until the U.S.A. adjusts clocks for Daylight Savings Time (unlike Brazil). Therefore, classes after the second week of March will begin at 9:00a.m

Prerequisite: EPBI 490

Description:  This course provides a trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary, multimedia learning experience by analyzing historical and real-time data from the annual dengue endemics and sporadic epidemics in Puerto Rico and Brazil. A rigorous problem-centered training in the epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and control of infectious diseases using real-time and historical surveillance data of endemic and epidemic Dengue in Bahia, Brazil. This is an advanced epidemiology course in which core material will be primarily taught through reading assignments, class discussion, group projects, and class presentations. The course will utilize the online web-based communication and learning technology to create a single classroom between the CWRU and international partners with unique and complementary skills. In addition to joint classroom lectures across sites, student groups will also perform smaller-scale videoconference meetings for assigned group projects, thus creating strong international connections for the students, faculty, and our institutions.

INTH 484: Geographic Medicine and Epidemiology

This course provides a rigorous problem-centered training in the epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and control of infectious diseases. This is an advanced epidemiology course in which core material will be primarily taught through reading assignments, class discussion, group projects, and class presentations. By taking this course, students will develop a framework for interpreting, assessing, and performing epidemiologic research on infectious diseases. The course will be divided into three team-taught modules:1) Introduction to infectious disease epidemiology, 2) malaria, and 3) helminths. Each module is worth 1 credit hour and may be taken separately. Each module will have a separate project and exam. The final exam time will be used for group presentations and panel discussion. Active class participation is required through discussions, case studies, and group projects. Prereq: EPBI 490, EPBI 491, and a microbiology course or consent of instructor.

INTH 494: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The epidemiology, prevention and control of representative infectious disease models. Emphasis on the triad of agent, host and environment and the molecular and genetic basis of agent and host interaction in the population. Prerequisite: EPBI 490 and a microbiology course or consent of instructor. This course is designed to give students an introduction to the field of infectious disease epidemiology. This is the branch of Epidemiology that investigates epidemics, studies transmission dynamics of infectious organisms, and evaluates control measures for infectious diseases. It draws upon many disciplines in addition to Epidemiology, such as clinical medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, mathematical modeling, entomology, anthropology, to name a few. The course will cover four general problems in infectious disease and stress the underlying epidemiological methods needed to understand them. The course will focus on tuberculosis, HIV, vaccine testing, and bioterrorism. These problems are models for the types of problems faced when studying infectious diseases. In the context of these diseases we will review topics in epidemiology including study design, mathematical modeling, cause-effect assessments, and infectious disease control.

INTH 551. World Health Interest Group Seminar Series

This seminar series examines a broad range of topics related to infectious disease research in international settings.  Areas of interest are certain to include epidemiology, bioethics, medical anthropology, pathogenesis, drug resistance, vector biology, cell and molecular biology, vaccine development, diagnosis, and socio-cultural factors contributing to or compromising effective health care delivery in endemic countries. Additionally we will discuss intellectual property policies on global access to medical innovations. Topics will also include neglected diseases and the interactions between these diseases with HIV and malaria infections. Speakers will include a diverse group of regional faculty and post-doctoral trainees, as well as visiting colleagues from around the world.  Students will be asked to read a journal article written by the speaker and then discuss this article with the speaker after their seminar.

This weekly seminar meets most Fridays throughout out the Fall and Spring Semesters between 9AM - 10AM.

INTH 4002. Major Tropical Pathogens School of Medicine Elective

The objective is to supplement the medical school curriculum for diseases common to the tropics. The elective is not designed to be exhaustive, but to introduce the major categories of pathogens, their epidemiology, their clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. The selection of pathogens and the time devoted to them is based on our interest and how well they are coverage elsewhere rather than their absolute impact.  The elective is 6 weeks long. There will be one 2 h session per week starting at 1:00 in BRB 433, the Center for Global Health Conference room. The last session with microscopy may require 3 h. The elective will be mainly didactic, but some sessions may require student presentation or discussion. For detailed course information please see our course page.