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Past Recipients

Global Health Initiative Curriculum Development Grant

The Office of the Provost, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) supported the development of curriculum in the area of global health. The intent of the grant was to support the integration of global health content into undergraduate courses, including Carolina Core, and lower level graduate courses as applicable, throughout USC. Five recipients were selected to participate in this grant development.

Award Recipients Spring 2018

David Fuente, Water and Sanitation in Global Perspective
Assistant Professor
School of Earth, Ocean & Environment

David Fuente, an environmental economist and urban planner who works on global water issues, primarily in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, will use this grant to develop a new course focused on global water and sanitation issues. The 500-level course will be appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate-level students and will be offered annually beginning in Spring 2019. Building upon the global health foundations of water and sanitation service delivery, the course will provide students from a variety of disciplines (public health, environmental science/studies, global studies, engineering, etc.) with an interdisciplinary introduction to water and sanitation issues across the globe. In addition to providing students a high-level introduction to water and sanitation issues across the globe, this course will have several cross-cutting objectives. Additionally, the course will help students develop a firm understanding of the public health foundations of water and sanitation service delivery, and  will provide students with an opportunity to apply their emerging disciplinary knowledge to a pressing global issue at the intersection of public health and development.

David Fuente

Patrick Hickey, International Healthcare: Service Learning in Nicaragua (U290)
Clinical Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Faculty Principal Capstone Scholars Program

Patrick Hickey will expand the development of U290 International Healthcare: Service Learning in Nicaragua) to expose students enrolled in the Capstone Scholars Program to the concept of international service learning. This course includes a trip to rural Nicaragua during the USC Spring Break allowing students to learn a variety of health care specific skills, which are followed by "real world" clinical scenarios in rural community clinics/hospitals while they are in-country.  In order to effectively support classroom materials concerning what the students will see and do in rural Nicaragua, he will utilize the technology of virtual reality (360 degree camera) to illustrate the types of situations students will be exposed to when in-country. This allows for the reinforcement of classroom topics and to better prepare the students for the variety of unique situations and experiences they might encounter with emphasis on those that may be out of their comfort zones.

Patrick Hickey

Kathryn Luchok, Global Women's Health (ANTH 352)
Research Professor, Adjunct

Kathryn Luchok used the grant to develop ANTH 352: Global Women’s Health as a new undergraduate course on Global Women’s Health. This course examines health issues important in the lives of women around the world and takes a life cycle approach beginning with issues surrounding the birth of girl babies, continuing through the period of growth and development, adulthood, including family planning, pregnancy and lactation and ending with old age. Drawing on cultural, medical and applied anthropology and public health perspectives, the course will cover the sociocultural landscape of women’s lives, including the forces that promote and hinder the health and well-being of women around the globe. Also examined will be programs aimed at improving women’s lives world-wide. The goal of this course is to provide students with a clearer understanding of the female life cycle and a greater appreciation for the mental, physical and social health risks women face on a global scale. The class will be interdisciplinary and cover policy and political economy issues that impact women’s health, health services and international funding issues. It also covers a range of social and disease challenges faced by women and girls around the world. This class will be of interest to students seeking content in global issues, culture and health and/or women’s health, including but not limited to those in Anthropology, Global Studies, WGST, Public Health, Medical Humanities, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Sociology, Political Science and Psychology.

Kathryn Luchok

Brooke W. McKeever, Communicating Science, Health and the Environment (JOUR 562) 
Associate Professor and MMC Program Coordinator
School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Brooke McKeever revived, revised, and presented Communicating Science, Health and the Environment (JOUR 562).  The course was offered in the fall of 2018 to all upper-level majors within our school. The course exposes health issues and health communication practices affecting various countries worldwide and includes elements of interest to journalism, public relations, advertising, visual communication, and mass communication majors as well as students majoring in public health, library and information sciences, sociology, social work, and political science. This revised course focuses on strategic communication as it relates to health, science and environmental issues with particular focus on global health issues. Students enrolled in the course will (1) define health and science communication and articulate why this type of communication matters in a global society; (2) understand communication theories, models, and methods that apply to health and science communication; (3) develop a health intervention or social marketing program that would target a particular audience about a specific health, science or environmental issue; (4) demonstrate critical thinking, creative problem solving, and public speaking skills through in-class exercises, discussions and presentation.

Brooke McKeever

James Thrasher, Certificate of Graduate Study in Global Health (CGSGH) Courses
Co-PIs:  Edward Frongillo, Christine Blake, Edena Meetz
Department of Health Promotion, Education & Behavior
Arnold School of Public Health

Jim Thrasher, in collaboration with Drs. Frongillo, Blake, and Meetz, will work to integrate instructional content on global health issues in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Global Health (CGSGH) courses. The grant funds will be used to hire a doctoral level graduate teaching assistant who will coordinate with faculty members to modify the topics included in these courses and to integrate materials with global health content, and to select recent pertinent scientific articles and practice materials. The goal of this review and modification is ensure that the content of the courses is relevant and timely.  

Certificate of Graduate Study in Global Health (CGSGH) Courses

  • HPEB 748 Community Health Development
  • HPEB 620 Nutrition through the Life Cycle
  • HPEB 654 Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • HSPM 731 Health Care Finance
  • HSPM 799 Comparative Health Systems
James Thrasher

Myriam E. Torres, Global USC in Costa Rica: Global Health (Several courses included)
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Arnold School of Public Health

Myriam Torres goal is to create an integrated public health learning experience for the students participating in the Global USC in Costa Rica: Global Health. This program started in the summer of 2016 with the intent of establishing a permanent presence of USC in Costa Rica. The program will offer 5 courses for students while in Costa Rica, and the opportunity to visit several healthcare facilities and programs in San Jose and adjacent towns. Since the initiation of the program in 2016, the Epidemiology course has had an experiential learning component working with data from a nursing home (Hogar Carlos Maria Ulloa) in San José which included creating an abstract form to gather data from the medical records of the residents and creating a database in which to enter data for analysis. This grant will provide funds for faculty members, from the departments involved, to visit San José and coordinate the students’ experiences with officers from the Healthcare System in Costa Rica (Caja Costarricense de Seguridad Social – CCSS). By coordinating and planning the experiences, the students will learn about team work with others from different disciplines and with public health professionals from the CCSS in Costa Rica. Additionally, the students will be exposed to one of Latin America’s more comprehensive healthcare systems. The students through this experiential opportunity will immerse themselves in a public health prevention campaign where they will learn basic principles of how a preventive program is run in Latin America.

Global USC in Costa Rica: Global Health (Several courses included)

  • PUBH 102: Introduction to Public Health
  • EPID 410/700: Principles of Epidemiology
  • HPEB 470: Principles of Global Health
  • Spanish 360:Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
Myriam Torres

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