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Undergraduate Courses

ANSC 129. Meaning and Healing (4)
This course examines the nature of healing across cultures, with special emphasis on religious and ritual healing.

ANSC 143. Mental Health as Global Health Priority (4)
What is mental health?  Why should it be of global concern?  This course is an anthropological review of the relations among forces of globalization, culture, and mental health.  We examine mental health problems and priorities with respect to contemporary issues such as the pervasive social suffering, stigma, and economic burden associated with mental illness, conditions of gender inequality, sexual violation, war and political violence, concerns over “global security,” and the pervasive use of prescription pharmaceutical and illegal drugs worldwide.

ANSC 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (4)
Introduction to global health from the perspective of medical anthropology on disease and illness, cultural conceptions of health, doctor-patient interaction, illness experience, medical science and technology, mental health, infectious disease, and health care inequalities by ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.

BILD 36. AIDS, Science, and Society (4) 
An introduction to all aspects of the AIDS epidemic for non-biology majors. Topics include the epidemiology, biology, and clinical aspects of HIV infection; HIV testing; education and approaches to therapy; and the social, political, and legal impacts of AIDS on the individual and society. Health Care-Social Issues students may apply BILD 36 or BICD 136 to the minor but not both AIDS, Science, and Society courses.

BICD 136. AIDS, Science, and Society (4)
An introduction to all aspects of the AIDS epidemic. Topics include the epidemiology, biology, and clinical aspects of HIV infection; HIV testing; education and approaches to therapy; and the social, political, and legal impacts of AIDS on the individual and society. Students may not receive credit for BILD 36 and BICD 136. Prerequisites: BILD 1, BILD 2 recommended. Health Care-Social Issues students may apply BILD 36 or BICD 136 to the minor but not both AIDS, Science, and Society courses.

COMM 108G. POB: Gender and Biomedicine (4) 
Historical and cultural aspects of media, information, imaging technology use in biomedical research, clinical care, health communication to constructions of gender and identity. We approach the subject through audiovisual texts and writings from fields including science and technology studies and cultural studies. Prerequisite: COMM 10. 

COMM 179. Global Nature/Global Culture (4)
Considers globalization’s impact on concepts of nature in and through media texts, information systems, circulation of consumer goods and services, the emergence of global brands, science, health initiatives, environmental media activism, technology transfer in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Prerequisite: COMM 10 and one from COMM 100A, 100B, 100C.

CONT 40. Contemporary Issues: The AIDS Epidemic (4)
Using current information, this course will deal with the worldwide spread of AIDS, particularly into communities, colleges, and universities. Discussion topics: origin, infection, biology, clinical expression, risks, vaccines, epidemiology, and the social, ethical, economic, and legal aspects of this epidemic.

ECON 141. Economics of Health Consumers (4)
Demand for health care and health insurance, employer-provision of health insurance and impact on wages and job changes. Cross country comparisons of health systems. Prerequisites: ECON 100C.

ENVR 30. Environmental Issues: Natural Sciences (4)
Examines global and regional environmental issues. The approach is to consider the scientific basis for policy options. Simple principles of chemistry and biology are introduced. The scope of problems include: air and water pollution, climate modification, solid-waste disposal, hazardous-waste treatment, and environmental impact assessment. Prerequisite: none.

ETHN 142. Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality (4)
Globalization fosters both the transmission of AIDS, cholera, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases and gross inequalities in the resources available to prevent and cure them. This course focuses on how race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation both shape and are shaped by the social construction of health and disease worldwide.

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (4) 
Illustrates and explores ecologic settings and frameworks for study and understanding of global health and international health policy. Students acquire understanding of diverse determinants and trends of disease in various settings and inter-relationships between socio-cultural-economic development and health. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

POLI 127. Politics of Developing Countries (4)
This course critically examines central concepts and theories of development, and assesses their utility in understanding political, economic, and social change in the developing world. Central case studies are drawn from three regions: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.

POLI 140A. International Law (4)
International law is central to the efforts to create a world order to limit armed conflict, regulate world economy, and set minimum standards of human rights. This course introduces international law and explains theories advanced by academic analysts and practitioners to explain its roles. Prerequisite: upper-division standing.  

REV 160GS. Public Health and Epidemiology I - Amman, Jordan (4)
This course will introduce the topic of Public Health to students in the context of a developing country with a large refugee population from several wars of nearby countries, especially the large Iraqi refugee population in Amman suburbs. This course will be focusing on introducing students to the overall understanding of public health, the issues this science deals with, and the methodology needed to pursue it. 

SOCI 40. Sociology of Health Care Issues (4)
Designed as a broad introduction to medicine as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions as well as its relation to society. It will make use of both micro and macro sociological work in this area and introduce students to sociological perspectives of contemporary health care issues.  

USP 147. Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Population (4)
The purpose of this course is to identify the special health needs of low income and underserved populations and to review their status of care, factors influencing the incidence of disease and health problems, and political and legislative measures related to access and the provision of care. Selected current programs and policies that address the health care needs of selected underserved populations such as working poor, inner city populations, recent immigrants, and persons with severe disabling mental illnesses will be studied. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Graduate Courses

ANTH 229. Religion and Healing (4)
This seminar is an in-depth analysis of cultural meaning, personal experience, and therapeutic process in ritual healing, emphasizing performative/persuasive aspects of the relation between religion and health in comparative, cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ANTH 243. Mental Health as Global Health Priority (4)
What is mental health?   This anthropological course reviews globalization, culture, and mental health.  We examine issues of social suffering, stigma, and economic burden associated with mental illness, gender inequality, political violence, “global security,”and pharmaceutical and illegal drugs. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 

ANTH 259. Gender and Mental Health (4)
This seminar in psychological/psychiatric anthropology takes a comparative approach to the study of gender and mental health. Culture and feminist theory is employed to address questions of gender in relation to various problems, such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

ETHN 260. Transnationalism and Borderlands: The Local and Global (4)
This course critically reviews the analytical frameworks of transnationalism and borderlands. The goals are to assess traditional and current social science practice on immigration, identity, and community studies, and to understand how diverse peoples engage and participate in global processes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

FPM 244. Clinical and Public Health Elective, Baja California, Mexico (2) 
(Cross-listed with MED 248) Integrated clinical and public health experience with U.S. and Mexican graduate student and faculty teams over three to four days in Baja California, Mexico; emphasis on common clinical and public health problems in underserved populations. Minimal working knowledge of Spanish recommended. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisites: UC San Diego SOM student and graduate students with consent of instructor.

FPM 270. Cultural Perceptions of Health and Disease
To improve knowledge about health and illness within cultural contexts, including review and discussions of epidemiologic studies describing health indicators/beliefs/practices. Students interact with experts in cross-cultural health research to explore ethnicity/culture in health care delivery and utilization, and disease risk. Prerequisites: medical or graduate student. Other students admitted with consent of instructor.

MED 245/GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (4)
The sociocultural, economic, and geo-political framework for the study and understanding of medical problems on a worldwide scale, and as basis for international health policy is presented. Using global patterns of disease, availability and needs for medical technology, and comparisons between diverse medical education and health care delivery systems abroad with those in the United States, students should be able to acquire an understanding of diverse determinants of disease and of relationships between socioeconomic development and health. Prerequisite: Medical or graduate student; senior-level undergraduate students by special permission.