Health Policy and Global Health

HUMBIO 120: Health Care in America: An Introduction to U.S. Health Policy
Instructor: D. Barr

Health policy and health care delivery from a historical and a current policy perspective. Introduces cost, quality, and access as measures of health system performance. Considers institutional aspects of health care reform. Read more.

HUMBIO 122S: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Health
Instructor: D. Barr

Examines health disparities in the U.S., looking at the patterns of those disparities and their root causes. Explores the intersection of lower social class and ethnic minority status in affecting health status and access to health care. Compares social and biological conceptualizations of race and ethnicity. Read more.

MED 204: Access and Delivery of Essential Medicines to Poor and Underserved Communities
Instructors: M. Barry, M. Henderson

Student initiated lecture series. Guest speakers. Topics include: neglected diseases, underserved and impoverished markets, disease profiles of lower and middle income countries, pricing and distribution of biomedical end products, intellectual property in medicine and its effect on delivery of healthcare. Read more.

HUMBIO 129S: Global Public Health
Instructor: P. Wise

The class is an introduction to the fields of international public health and global medicine. It focuses on resource poor areas of the world and explores major global health problems and their relation to policy, economic development and human rights. The course is intended for students interested in global health, development studies, or international relations, and provides opportunities for in-depth discussion and interaction with experts in the field. Read more.

PEDS 223: Human Rights and Global Health
Instructors: B. Patenaude, D. Magnus

Open to medical students, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Examines the newly emerging field of human rights and global health, beginning with the essential background into the field of human rights, and the recent emergence of health as a human right. Emphasis is on the pioneering work of Dr. Paul Farmer and Partners in Health and the challenge he and his organization have posed to the conventional wisdom about approaches to combating poor health and disease worldwide. Topics include the "big three" infectious diseases -- tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS -- as well as emerging infectious diseases, clean water and sanitation, and malnutrition and famine. Read more.

ECON 127: Economics of Health Improvement in Developing Countries 
(MED 262)
Instructors: Grant Miller

This course focuses on application of economic paradigms and empirical methods to health improvement in developing countries. Its emphasis is on unifying analytic frameworks and evaluation of empirical evidence, as well as how economic views differ from public health, medicine, and epidemiology; analytic paradigms for health and population change; the demand for health; the role of health in international development. Prerequisites: ECON 50 and 102B, and consent of instructor. Read more.

HRP 241: Measuring Global Health
Instructors: Eran Bendavid and Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert

This course introduces relevant methods and findings grounded in biomedical science, epidemiology, demographics, and economics that deal with the measurement and distribution of human maladies and their causes around the world. The course’s goal is to familiarize students with the underlying data and methods used to answer important health questions, rather than simply to survey published estimates of the global distribution of disease and mortality. At the end of the quarter, students will be able to critically approach studies on disease burden and evaluate what we do and do not (yet) know about human disease and mortality. Through hands-on exercises involving analyses of example data, students who successfully complete the course should be capable of embarking on further research in these and related areas. Importantly, this is a project-based course. Projects will involve analyses of primary data to arrive at estimates of disease burden such as mortality associated with smoking in multiple countries or differences in national trends in infant mortality rates. Students will ideally have prior experience or coursework in statistics, biostatistics, quantitative epidemiology, or econometrics. Motivated students without prior coursework or experience should contact the instructors. Read more.

MS&E 292: Health Policy Modeling
Instructors: M. Brandeau

Primarily for master's students; also open to undergraduates and doctoral students. The application of mathematical, statistical, economic, and systems models to problems in health policy. Areas include: disease screening, prevention, and treatment; assessment of new technologies; bioterrorism response; and drug control policies. Read more.

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism Response (PUBLPOL 122, SURG 222)
Instructors: M. Boukhman

Open to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. Explores the questions of how well the US and global healthcare systems are prepared to withstand a bioterrorism attack, what the parallels are to withstanding a pandemic, what can be done to prevent an attack. How the medical/healthcare field, government, and the technology sectors are involved in biosecurity and bioterrorism response, how these sectors interface, and the multidisciplinary challenges involved. Focus is on current biosecurity challenges, including global bio-surveillance, making the medical diagnosis, isolation, containment, hospital surge capacity, stockpiling and distribution of countermeasures, food and agriculture biosecurity, new promising technologies for detection of bio-threats and countermeasures. Read more.

LAW 313: Health Law and Policy (HRP 210)
Instructors: H. Greely

This course is the first part of an introductory survey of the American health care system and its legal and policy problems. The class will focus on the health care financing system, health care system reform, and quality assurance, including medical malpractice. It will also deal generally with understanding how the present system works, diagnosing were it does not work, and exploring how it might be improved. [Not available in academic 2012-13.]

LAW 440: Biotechnology Law and Policy
Instructor: H. Greely

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of many of the legal and policy issues raised by the biotechnology industry. It is also intended to give law students, scientists, and other students the opportunity to learn more about each other's disciplines by working together. The course covers issues of patenting, corporate organization and financing, conflicts of interest, regulatory approvals, healthcare financing, and tort liability, as well as examining the prospects for and implications of the biotechnology revolution. The course includes materials and presentations for non-scientists on background knowledge about the science and technologies involved, as well as materials and presentations for non-law students on background knowledge about the legal system. After the preliminary sessions, the course is organized around a series of specific, hypothetical problems. An interdisciplinary group of students presents and discusses a solution to each problem. [Not available in academic 2012-13.]

HRP 256: Economics of Health and Medical Care (BIOMEDIN 156, BIOMEDIN 256, ECON 126)
Instructors: M. Dickstein

Institutional, theoretical, and empirical analysis of the problems of health and medical care. Topics: demand for medical care and medical insurance; institutions in the health sector; economics of information applied to the market for health insurance and for health care; measurement and valuation of health; socioeconomic status and epidemiology; economics of obesity.Graduate students with research interests should take ECON 248. Prerequisites: ECON 50 and ECON 102A or Stats 116 or the equivalent. Recommended: ECON 51. Read more.

MGTECON 332: Analysis of Costs, Risks, and Benefits of Health Care (HRP 392)
Instructors: Douglas Owens, Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert

This course, also called Healthcare Evaluation, focuses on the principal evaluative techniques for health care, including utility assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and decision analysis. Emphasis is on the practical application of these techniques. Course activities include a group project presented at end of quarter and frequent guest lectures by experts from the medical school, pharmaceutical industry, health care plans, and government. Read more.

HUMBIO 4B: Environmental and Health Policy Analysis
Instructors: L. Baker and L. Goulder

This course explores connections among the life sciences, social sciences, public health, and public policy. It also covers the economic, social, and institutional factors that underlie environmental degradation, the incidence of disease, and inequalities in health status and access to health care and public policies to address these problems. Topics include pollution regulation, climate change policy, biodiversity protection, healthcare reform, health disparities, and women's health policy. Read more.

BIOMEDIN 251: Outcomes Analysis (HRP 252)
Instructor: J. Bhattacharya

This course presents methods of conducting empirical studies which use large existing medical, survey, and other databases to ask both clinical and policy questions. Econometric and statistical models are also used to conduct medical outcomes research. The course explores how research is conducted on medical and health economics questions when a randomized trial is impossible. It also uses problem sets to emphasize hands-on data analysis and application of methods, including re-analyses of well-known studies. Prerequisites: one or more courses in probability, and statistics or biostatistics. Read more.

EASTASN 117: Health and Healthcare Systems in East Asia (EASTASN 217)
Instructor: K. Eggleston

This course focuses on China, Japan, and both Koreas and addresses healthcare economics as applied to East Asian health policy, including economic development, population aging, infectious disease outbreaks (SARS, avian flu), social health insurance, health service delivery, payment incentives, competition, workforce policy, pharmaceutical industry, and regulation. No prior knowledge of economics or health care is required. Read more.

HUMBIO 129: Critical Issues in Women's Health
Instructor: A. Murray

Women's lives, from childhood through adolescence, reproductive years, and aging. Economic, social, and human rights factors, and the importance of women's capacities to have good health and manage their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles. Emphasis is on life or death issues of women's health that depend on their capacity to negotiate or feel empowered, including maternal mortality, violence, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and sex trafficking. Organizations addressing these issues. A requirement of this class is participation in public blogs. Prerequisites: Human Biology core or equivalent or consent of instructor. Read more.

HUMBIO 153: Parasites and Pestilence: Infectious Public Health Challenges
Instructor: D. Smith

Parasitic and other pestilence of public health importance. Pathogenesis, clinical syndromes, complex life cycles, and the interplay among environment, vectors, hosts, and reservoirs in historical context. Public health policy initiatives aimed at halting disease transmission. World Health Organization tropical disease targets including river blindness, sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, mycobacterial disease (tuberculosis and leprosy), malaria, toxoplasmosis, dracunculiais, and intestinal helminthes. Guest lecturers with expertise in disease control. Prerequisite: Human Biology core or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Read more.

GSBGEN 537: The Role of Business in Sustainable Food Systems
Instructors: S. Soule

The food system in the United States has contributed to a number of societal and ecological problems, from increasing rates of diet- and food-related illnesses, to "food deserts" in our inner cities, to the loss of farmland to urban sprawl, to agricultural chemical runoff into our water sources, to unjust farm labor practices, to the overuse of antibiotics, to an enormous amount of food waste, to questionable animal husbandry practices, and more generally to a diminishing level of diversity among the people, plants, and animals on whom we rely for our sustenance. These problems create both dilemmas and opportunities for business. This course will focus on how some companies (both for-profit and non-profit) are working to try to repair the damaged food system in the United States. Topics include (but are not limited to): organic and biodynamic agriculture, the economic demise of the family farm, the health effects of our current system of food production and the habits it has engendered, and opportunities for entrepreneurship and new modes of food distribution. We will have several guest speakers, field trips, and cooking/food preparation workshops and demonstrations. Read more.

CEE 265D: Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Instructors:  TBD

Economic, social, political, and technical aspects of sustainable water supply and sanitation service provision in developing countries. Service pricing, alternative institutional structures including privatization, and the role of consumer demand and community participation in the planning process. Environmental and public health considerations, and strategies for serving low-income households. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: consent of instructor, see for application. [Not available in academic 2012-13.]

CC 277G: Health and Development at the Food-Water Nexus
(MED 277)
Instructors: E. Bendavid, J. Davis, A. Pickering
Linkages between water access, smallholder food production, poverty, and infectious disease, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Weekly reading, writing and discussion assignments focused on topics such as water supply, sanitation, and HIV: smallholder production, nutrition, and poverty; and infectious disease and child development. Permission of instructors required. Read more.

EESS 180B: Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture
Instructors: J. Archie
Field-based training in ecologically sound agricultural practices at the Stanford Community Farm. Weekly lessons, field work, and group projects. Field trips to educational farms in the area. Topics include: soils, composting, irrigation techniques, IPM, basic plant anatomy and physiology, weeds, greenhouse management, and marketing. Read more.