There’s a great need for nurses who understand global connectedness and the causes and consequences of the distribution of health, illness, injury, and disease. The health of the world’s inhabitants has been impacted by pandemics, environment-caused disease, terrorism, and disasters and nurses are being called upon to care for and improve the lives of affected individuals. This course presents an overview of global health from the viewpoint of nursing and introduces the student to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development with emphasis on underdeveloped countries. Topics include measures of disease burden; ethics and human rights; environmental health and safety; disparities in the health of women and children; communicable diseases; nutritional challenges; intercultural communication; health and literacy of the marginalized adult; and cultural competency skills.
3 hours of online lecture per week