STIA-355-01 GLOBAL HEALTH AND INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
Spring for 2007-2008
GLOBAL HEALTH AND INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
People are increasingly on the move for political, humanitarian, economic and environmental reasons. This population mobility has health implications for migrants and those they leave behind as well as for members of local communities hosting international migrants. It is vital for students of international relations, anthropology and global health to understand the dynamics of international migration and forced displacement in relation to the delivery of health and mental health services. This course will emphasize a variety of places and cultures to discuss strategic health planning; institutional responses to the trauma of forced migration; cultural, social and political roots of disease and illness; survivor and patient narratives of pain, loss, and trauma; and the ways that various public policies and interventions aimed at alleviating the adverse health effects of forced displacement can actually exacerbate them. The format of the course will include discussions, commentaries, and lectures. A twenty-five page research paper is an integral aspect of this course. Students will be expected to explore a relevant topic area related to the class, which should reflect their interests and career aspirations.
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