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NSLC Program—Medicine and Health Care

Global Public Health (1 or 2 credits)

Course Description: This course approaches health care as much more than an individual- or local-level activity. Rather, it is embedded in a complex global system of health threats and responses. This arena, global public health, brings together scientific, economic, and political issues, and the outcomes eventually affect billions of lives. The course will explore these varied dynamics of public health in an interactive, small-group setting. We will discuss the historical development of the field, the state of public health around the world, and the prospects for combating current and future health threats. The politics and advocacy movements around certain important issues (like HIV/AIDS) will be a particular focus. Finally, this course is designed to be a college experience and will emphasize the critical analysis and other skills that are required for university-level work.

Course Outline

Professor for Sessions at Harvard: Timothy Seidel is a doctoral candidate and adjunct instructor in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses on world politics. He is also adjunct instructor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA, teaching courses on culture, religion and politics, and research design. His current research draws from discourse and postcolonial theory to look at peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance. He approaches global public health with an eye towards peace and security, social ethics, as well as political economy and global development. Seidel's interest in global public health began as an undergraduate studying biochemistry and molecular biology. His study of the social, political, and economic determinants of public health exposed him to gaps both within and between Global North and Global South that shifted his interests toward international relations, peacebuilding, and development. Since then, Seidel has traveled extensively and worked in various development and peacebuilding contexts in North America and the Middle East.

Professor for Sessions at American University: Rachel Nadelman is a PhD Candidate at American University's School of International Service. She has dedicated both her professional work and studies over the last decade to international development in Latin America and the Caribbean, with substantial research and development project experience in Nicaragua, Paraguay, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, El Salvador and Haiti. Working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Nadelman's International Development work crossed from the economic to the public health realm in terms of both the impact of the environment and our environmental choices on our well-being and the need to focus on mental health and psycho-social support in development. In 2014 Nadelman spent six months in El Salvador for her doctoral fieldwork, investigating the country's unique suspension of metallic mining across the country. Her dissertation investigates the unique processes, actions, and actors that drove El Salvador to freeze its mining industry at a time when the majority of Latin American nations are intensifying their economic reliance on resource extraction. Since 2009, Nadelman has been a Visiting Lecturer for the Global Health Residency Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Nadelman earned her BA in comparative literature (French and English) from Brown University--Rhode Island and her MA in international affairs (international development) from The New School--New York.

Professor for June 22-July 1 and July 5-14 Sessions at University of California-Berkeley: Kate Tennis is a PhD candidate at SIS. In the past, she has taught World Politics, Global Public Health, Engineering and Sustainability, and Statistics. This will be her third summer teaching for NSLC. Her research focuses on global South-North migration, international migration management, and security. She holds an MA in international relations and diplomacy from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a BA in international development studies from McGill University--Quebec. In addition to her current work, she has conducted in research on refugee policy coordination between EU member states, regionalism in the EU, UN voting cohesion, and HIV/AIDS policy in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Professor for July 18-27 and July 31-August 9 Sessions at University of California-Berkeley: Laura Bosco is a PhD student at American University's School of International Studies. She holds a MA in international security studies from George Washington University and a BA in economics and political science from University of Florida. She has worked on projects of international development, conflict, and reconstruction with USAID, CFR, and Gender Action. Her current research is on humanitarian interventions, peacekeeping, and the U.S. military, with fieldwork in Kosovo. Previously she taught high school math in North Carolina.

Professor for Sessions at Georgia Tech and the University of Washington: Ela Rossmiller is an advanced doctoral candidate at American University's School of International Service, where her research focuses on collective memories and reparations politics. Prior to pursuing a doctorate in international relations, she earned a master's degree in international education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in French from the University of Chicago. She studied abroad in Poland and France and traveled to China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In her spare time, she writes and reads poetry.

Professor for Sessions at Northwestern: Leah Gates is a doctoral candidate in international relations and adjunct instructor at American University's School of International Service. She has previously taught World Politics for first-year undergraduates, as well as a number of courses for NSLC, including International Business, Global Public Health, and Engineering: Sustainable Development and Design. During the academic year, she also advises undergraduates who are applying for competitive fellowships and grants. Her dissertation research analyzes the role of gender power structures in explaining organizational tolerance towards persistent forms of misconduct in U.S. military organizations. She is also active in research on teaching, including projects on using games in the classroom and the university experiences of LGBTQ students.

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