Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford University

FSI Stanford Courses

Rethinking International Health

Course number(s): MED 230
Offered Year-round in in the 2006-2007 academic year

Paul H. Wise - Stanford University
Julie Parsonnet - Stanford University

Research Assistant
Pauline Brutlag

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What are the major issues in international health today? What knowledge is needed to operate responsibly in the field? How are policies and organizations addressing the current problems? We will explore: the role of the physician and health care worker, health as a human right, successful interventions, child and women's health, issues in immunization, economic development and NGOs.

This seminar course will use online interviews with influential leaders in the field of international health as springboards for discussion. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and critically evaluate the issues and players that shape international health today, and to form a roadmap for thoughtful and responsible action. We welcome students from all fields; however the course is suitable for medical students and undergraduates with prior coursework or experience in international health.

Graduate and undergraduate


Department of Medicine
Stanford School of Medicine