GCC 3003/5003 Grand Challenge: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues

Thursdays, 3:35-6:35 pm, Fall 2017

Instructors: Cheryl Robertson, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, and Fred Rose, Acara Director

Meets the Global Perspectives Theme and Honors Credit, 3 credits

Complex global health problems can often only be addressed through approaches that go beyond traditional health science disciplines. Whether responding to emerging pandemics, food insecurity, maternal mortality, or civil society collapse during conflict, solutions often lie at the interface of animal, environmental, and human health.  

In this course, students will examine the fundamental challenges to addressing complex global health problems in the world’s poorest countries. Together, we will seek practical solutions at the nexus of human, animal, and ecological health.  While there isn’t a single “right” solution to grand challenges, progress can be made through an interdisciplinary perspective with emphasis on ethical and cultural sensitivity, and on understanding their complexities. This exploration will help students propose realistic actions that could be taken to resolve these issues. This course will help students gain the understanding and skills necessary for beginning to develop solutions to this grand challenge.  

The course will include a series of primers—lectures and discussions on key topics—followed by “knowledge into action” workshops. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to build upon lectures, discussions, and workshops to propose a well-developed solution to a problem related to the course’s grand challenge. The primers and class discussions will build your understanding of key topics for global One Health challenges, while the “knowledge into action” labs will provide supported practice for you to translate your understanding of the problem into real world interventions.

This course is accepted as an elective for the following programs: Honors course requirement, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering B.S., Civil Engineering B.C.E., Entrepreneurial Management B.S.B., International Business B.S.B., Public and Nonprofit Management B.S.B., Entrepreneurial Management Minor, Leadership Minor, Product Design Minor, and the Sustainability Studies Minor.