Global Health and Cultural Diversity: Responses to a Global Crisis

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Health and Cultural Diversity: Responses to a Global Crisis

  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Global Health, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Course Description: This course describes and contrasts systems and models of health policies worldwide with a special focus on how migrations and diverse social practices influence the way that different countries face global challenges such as pandemics. Students will gain insights from a political, economic and cultural perspective. We are going to analyze the organization, management and outcomes of health services in public, private and working field covered by NGOs. The active participation of the students will be key for the successful learning-teaching process.

     

    Learning outcomes:

    This course will teach participant:

    1. Cognitive insight in the field of health services and its management. Students will…

    a. Critically understand what is health, health services and health systems.

    b. Conduct comparative analyses of health systems.

    c. Critically understand how culture identities and political processes influence the health sector and the response to crises.

    d. Describe the roles of the entities influencing global health: public, private and NGO systems.

    e. Understand health care management: different functions, roles and responsibilities.

    f. Critique policies regarding to ethical values in health services: legal framework; patient rights, medical mistakes, unethical behavior.

    g. Analyze the sustainability of health systems worldwide.

    h. Analyze transnational movements and the impact on population health, specially in the case of global outbreaks.

    2. Practical learning. Students will develop:

    a. Critical sense with regards to theory and practice in the field of health services

    b. Analytic insight in the different funding mechanism of health systems and the way they allocate their funds

    c. Competency in analyzing and synthesizing

    d. Appreciate and utilize diversity in teams

    e. Communication skills that demonstrate respect for other perspectives and cultures

    f. Team work

     

    Contents:

    UNIT 1: HEALTH SERVICES

    1. Introduction to health, health services and health systems in USA, Europe and other parts of the world

    2. Overview of governance of the health sector, worldwide, within USA, within Europe, on country level

    3. Policies and guidelines.

    4. Cultural competence in Global Health.

    4.1. Perceptions of physical and psychological wellbeing across cultures.

    4.2. Habits and beliefs about perceived wellbeing.

    4.3. Ethical practices in different societies.

    5. Who are the users of the different systems?

    UNIT 2: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

    1. History and current organization.

    2. The role of the WHO and the challenges during the Covid19.

    3. What is the UHC (Universal Health Coverage) and how to get closer (6 essentials).

    MODULE 3: HEALTHCARE IN THE EU (AND ITS MEMBERS)

    1. The mission of the EU within Health Care and Cross-border threats.

    2. Analysis of the Health Care situation in different countries of the EU.

    3. Solidarity principle.

    4. Case Study: the management of the Covid19 outbreak in Spain.

    4.1. A country in lockdown: policies.

    4.2. Social and cultural determinants of the impact of the pandemic.

    4.2. The workforce behind the management of the crisis.

    4.3. Statistics and conclusions.

    MODULE 4: HEALTHCARE IN THE USA

    1. The affordable Care Act.

    2. How was the health system before “Obamacare”?

    3. Current situation of the Health Care System in USA

    4. Health care after the pandemic.

    MODULE 5: HEALTHCARE IN AFRICA AND NGOs

    1. The government situation of African countries and their influence on health.

    2. Ways to increase African resources for health.

    3. Managing health and economic priorities during the Covid19.

    4. NGOs, their role and responsibilities

    3.1. Examples

    3.2. Mission

    MODULE 6: ETHICS

    1. The legal framework for our work

    2. Patient rights

    3. Medical errors and its consequences

    4. Unethical behavior and how to do thing right: organizational values, code of conduct

    5. Managing ethical issues in pandemic outbreaks.

     

    Bibliography:

    · The healing of America. T.R. Reid. By Penguin Press. August 2010, 304 p.

    · Radermacher, H. and S. Feldman (2017). Cultural Diversity, Health and Ageing.

    · Purnell, L. D. (2014). Guide to culturally competent health care, FA Davis.

    · The healing of America. T.R. Reid. By Penguin Press. August 2010, 304 p.

    · Radermacher, H. and S. Feldman (2017). Cultural Diversity, Health and Ageing.

    · Purnell, L. D. (2014). Guide to culturally competent health care, FA Davis.

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