Why are we dead first for living in the USA?
Consider: Who has a better chance of surviving to age 60, a 15-year old girl in the United States or a 15-year old girl in Sri Lanka?
If you chose the girl in the US, you need to take Health Services 482 / Global Health 482, this Winter Quarter, to find out why Americans are not living longer despite our advanced medical resources.
Population Health HSERV 482/GH 482 explores what makes a country more or less healthy in comparison to others:
- Why do Japanese women enjoy increasingly better health status in comparison to all other nations?
- Why is our health getting worse? Why is mortality for US women increasing in almost half of our counties?
- Why are we one of 8 nations globally seeing an increase in deaths of women in childbirth?
Why, why, why? We spend over half of all the world’s health care dollars, 3.5 trillion in 2017 – a sixth of our total economy. What is going on?
HSERV 482/G H 482, The Health of Populations, looks at countries to understand how people there achieve their health status. Students in the past have enjoyed the course and have found the material to be invigorating.
One student claims, “This class demolished everything I thought about health, healthcare and human behavior!,” another said “This course ruined my life – in the best way possible” and another student said that, “This class was the most thought-provoking course that I’ve taken at the UW“. And “This class was super intellectually stimulating!!”
Learning occurs in the active learning classroom at the South Campus Center with section meetings facilitated by outstanding TAs complemented by readings and explorations of health outcomes.
Students seed the concepts learned into community meetings they create and otherwise use their creativity.
There are no prerequisites except an open mind. There is a take-home exam. Class meets Tu/Th 4:30 to 5:50 plus an hour’s section meeting on Friday. 4 credits, qualifies for I&S as well as well as GH minor or PH major.
SLN: 15401 (HSERV 482) or 15022 (G H 482)
For questions contact instructors: Stephen Bezruchka firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Mackenzie email@example.com