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Study Abroad/Global Education

Thailand Health and Hospitals

Winterim 2015

This course will emphasize experiential education from travel to various health sites in rural and urban locations in Thailand.  An underlying theme of this course concerns the impact of globalization on health.  The course will begin with a discussion about “globalization.”  Students will learn that knowledge of globalization and its effects is limited and open to interpretation.  Yet, this social experiment is arguably the most critical development in our world economy since the beginning of the industrial revolution.   We will apply the globalization theme in the three dimensions of international health: public health, health policy and health management. 
Most of our site visits will be public health oriented so we will focus more on health policy and health management topics during our end-of-the-day class discussions.  Our public health class discussions will include a description of the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases in the world, and conversations about the impact of globalization on ‘war and refugees’ and ‘reproductive health.’  The health policy portion of this course will focus on the need to re-consider the applicability of health economics, and health reform developments in Thailand.  Also, the course will consider the growing development of international health trade throughout the world.  We’ll discuss the reasons behind this growth (e.g., GATS Treaty, World Trade Organization), the benefits (greater choice for consumers) and costs (brain drain of health professionals from rural locations) of increasing health trade, and best strategies for developing a global health business. ​

Quick Facts

  • Course HLTH 6075
  • Faculty Blair Gifford
  • Dates December 29, 2014 - January 10, 2015
  • Cost $3,530
  • Deadline October 20, 2014
  • Credits ​3
  • Program Advisor    Jessica Tharp​


Costs and dates tentative and subject to change.​

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