U.Va.’s Center for Global Health Teams with NIH to Offer New Courses Related to Global Health

May 3, 2007 – Issues relating to global health are becoming ever more popular and students at the University of Virginia can look to the Center for Global Health for new, dynamic course offerings about the hot topic.

Beginning next fall, the Center will support six new courses related to global health. These classes will be offered by a unique combination of schools: Arts & Sciences, Education, Nursing, Medicine and Architecture.

This is the second such round of courses offered through CGH with support from the Framework Program for Global Health at the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health.

U.Va.’s Curry School of Education is for the first time teaming with CGH to offer one of the new courses. Professor Diane Hoffman will teach “Culture and Education in Global Health,” a course which will explore the intersections of culture with the educational dimensions of global health problems and their solutions.
One of two new courses offered in the School of Architecture will be team-taught by professors Tim Beatley and Tanya Denckla Cobb. This new course, entitled “Healthy Communities: Healthy Food Systems: Global-Local Connections,” will use the lens of community food systems from around the world to explore global health issues. This course will also offer an optional week-long international study component. The location is still being determined.

Many of these courses are eligible as electives for students enrolled in the Center’s new Global Public Health Minor, which was unveiled last fall.

The director of U.Va.’s Framework Program, Dr. Rebecca Dillingham, says this latest collection of global health courses is an excellent addition to U.Va.’s already first-rate list of course offerings. "We are especially excited about these new courses, as they join the six new course awards from last year in building a critical mass of exemplary course offerings for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are interested in deepening their understanding of global health issues and, we hope, considering including global health in their career plans."

The Center for Global Health also offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships to undergraduates, graduates and professionals wishing to work in global health. Dr. Richard Guerrant founded the center in 2001 to further his goal of engaging U.Va. faculty, students and international partners in efforts to address health disparities.

This year’s Framework Course Award winners and their departments, schools and course titles are:

  • Tim Beatley and Tanya Denckla Cobb; Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture; Course title: “Healthy Communities: Healthy Food Systems: Global-Local Connections”
  • Sarah Delgado, Rebecca Lewis and Deborah Curtis; Acute and Specialty Nursing, School of Nursing; Course title: “Global Perspectives and their Influence on Nursing Care Delivery”
  • Cassandra Fraser; Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences; Course title: “Metals in Medicine and the Environment”
  • Kristina Hill; Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture; Course title: “Adaptive Urbanism: Water, Biodiversity and the Health of Cities”
  • Diane Hoffman; Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy/Social Foundations of Education, Curry School of Education; Course title: “Culture and Education in Global Health”
  • Larry Merkel; Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine; Course title: “World Mental Health”