Global Health: Policies, Politics, and Institutions

UPADM-GP.232, 4 points.


Following an unprecedented mobilization of resources (financial and otherwise) for HIV, new infections are down across much of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), prevention interventions are having some impact, and access to care and treatment services are up, which has reduced AIDS-associated mortality. Still, two-thirds of all people living with HIV are in SSA, as are half of all new infections and nearly three-quarters of AIDS-related deaths. Meanwhile, the lingering global economic malaise is squeezing donor and domestic budgets alike, and a global shift in focus from HIV to health systems and other health concerns may jeopardize hard-won gains. It’s an ambivalent picture that portends an uncertain future, and this course unpacks the political, economic, socio-cultural and epidemiologic nuances of HIV in the region. Global, national and community-level perspectives are explored through a mix of primary and secondary sources, as well as quantitative and qualitative literature. Following a review of HIV epidemiology and pathophysiology, the course examines the rollouts of HIV prevention, care and treatment services (particular attention is given to the South African epidemic and AIDS response); costs, financing and global HIV governance; the relationship between AIDS, sex and poverty; and concludes by considering the future of the AIDS epidemic and response in SSA.



Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2011Peter NavarioSyllabus
Spring 2010Karen GrépinSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2013Peter NavarioEvaluation
Fall 2011Navario, PeterEvaluation
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