SP.783 Engineering Capacity in Community-Based Healthcare

As taught in: Fall 2005

Several people sitting and listening to a counselor.

In Zambia, a peer educator explains the process of voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV/AIDS. (Courtesy of USAID.)




Ms. Christina DeFilippo

Mr. Eric Soller

Ms. Kathie Dionisio

Ms. MaryAnn Dakkak

Mr. Peter J. Mack

Mr. Sankey Chibale
(Zambia Student Coordinator)

Mr. Will DelHagen

Course Features

Course Description

This multidisciplinary seminar addresses fundamental issues in global health faced by community-based healthcare programs in developing countries. Students will broadly explore topics with expert lecturers and guided readings. Topics will be further illuminated with case studies from healthcare programs in urban centers of Zambia. Multidisciplinary teams will be formed to develop feasible solutions to specific health challenges posed in the case studies and encouraged to pursue their ideas beyond the seminar. Possible global health topics include community-based AIDS/HIV management, maternity care, health diagnostics, and information technology in patient management and tracking. Students from Medicine, Public Health, Engineering, Management, and Social Sciences are encouraged to enroll. No specific background experience is expected, but students should have some relevant skills or experiences.