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The Current Crises of Global Health

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Spring 2010
Molecular and Cell Biology 98/198
1 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

The purpose of this course is to investigate current global health issues in industrialized and developing nations. The course will meet once a week in the evening for 50 minutes, and will be worth one unit. The course will educate students on a wide range of unsolved global health challenges including maternal healthcare, malnutrition, water contamination and shortage, infectious diseases, and many others. From these various problems we will investigate not only the biological effects on the individual, but also the social and cultural impact on society. As part of our vision, we hope that the course builds a forum-like atmosphere where Berkeley students and faculty may connect with each other to identify and come up with feasible solutions for the challenges of global health. This will be achieved through lectures given by the facilitators and knowledgeable guest speakers, regular discussion, and documentary viewing. To ease and enhance discussion, we will maintain a small class of roughly 35-45 students to create an intimate atmosphere. There will be short readings provided, which are designed to complement the topics covered. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss these global health issues in the classroom as well as explore further into these problems as part of their final group presentation assignment.  At the end of the course students will be provided with information on programs that allow them to volunteer and participate (both locally and abroad) in organizations working to find real solutions to the many problems we will discuss. The main goal is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will allow students to remain actively engaged in improving international health conditions.

 Facilitators will be available on Jan. 20th to answer questions about the class.

Attendance will be taken beginning Jan. 27th. Jan 27th is also the date of our first guest lecture.


Summary of Requirements

To pass, students must complete the below with a minimum overall grade of 70%:

1) Attend weekly sessions. 30% of the final grade will based on attendance (2.5% per week, excluding the first week). Attendance requires coming to class on-time and having one's presence both recognized and recorded. This class is meant to be a forum where students will be able to share their views, become motivated, and inspire others. For each week’s class, there will be a lecture consisting of either a presentation or a documentary screening. After each lecture is over, the remaining time will be spent on class discussion. This combination of lecture and discussion is vital to the class's purpose. However, an absence may be excused under extreme circumstances - for example when presented with a signed notice from an appropriate figure of authority.  In addition, this class is expected to host a variety of students currently engaged in studies in the sciences. Because certain classes may have upwards of two midterms during this class's designated time, certain exceptions will be made for students who have announced their situation to the facilitators by the end of the fourth week. Students who ask to be excused for this reason will be expected to provide proof as well as complete the additional research projects described below.

2) Complete weekly reflection assignments and readings. 50% of the final grade will be based on ten weekly assignments that cover the week's reading, lecture, and discussion (5% per assignment). Prior to each week's session, a reading assignment may be posted and sent to each student's inbox via the address. Each posted reading is meant to give information pertinent to the following lecture and discussion, so it is expected that students complete any and all necessary readings before session. Immediately after each session, a set of review questions will be posted. The questions should be answered in full within one page - approximately 100-300 words. As these assignments are taken from the reading, lecture, and discussion, failure to attend will result in the inability to complete the assignments. The only exception to this is for students who have already spoken with the facilitators regarding time conflicts. A total of two make-up projects will be available to each of these students.

All assignments are to be sent to by the following lecture.

3) As a team, students will prepare an in-class presentation worth 20% of the final grade. Each group will select a specific global health issue from a range of topics that will be listed. The purpose of the project is for the students to explore issues not necessarily mentioned in depth in class and/or allow the students to delve further into a topic of their interest. Each group will give a 10-15 minute presentation on the selected topic.  

Each group member should contribute equally to the presentation and creation of any relevant materials. To fulfill this criterion, the group must also submit a paragraph listing the contributions of each group member with his/her respective signature.

If using the GH lecture computer as part of the presentation, all relevant materials are to be sent to two days before presenting.

How to Enroll:

First come, first served.

CCN for lower-division students (MCB 98) is 57892.

CCN for upper-division students (MCB 198) is 59179.


Course Contact: kennychung AT

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. P. Robert Beatty, PhD

Time & Location:

Kenny Chung
Wenting Guo
50100 WheelerW 6p-7p1/27started

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