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Course : Global Health and Wellness

Course Number
HSHS 1013
Section Number
Fall 2023
Centennial Hall, 334
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Overview:

This course is designed to introduce students to global health and give them an understanding of how the global community affects and is affected by changes in economic, political, and social factors. Influences such as education, income levels, governmental policies, regulation of health care provision, and transnational economic and political relations will be discussed. The importance of the globalization of disease and wellness and the importance of including all citizens in global health concerns will be deeply discussed.


 Course Objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Describe various factors that contribute to approaches to health care.
  2. Identify key terms and concepts in global health and wellness.
  3. Discuss ecological foundations of global health.
  4. Examine communicable diseases as transnational threats to human health and non-communicable disease burden on global health.
  5. Explore inequities in global health.
  6. Investigate issues related to global health and security and human rights issues.
  7. Discuss issues related to the top-down and bottom-up promotion of global health.
  8. Identify his/her role in the global health community.


(Activities and Assignments)

Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about activities and due dates. 

If students have technical difficulties, they should use the “Help” link on D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the professor explaining what happened.

  • All work submitted to the instructor will be considered complete and final and will be graded as such.
  • All reading assignments are mandatory and the student's comprehension of the content will either be graded in the form of a quiz or applied in an assignment.
  • All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, and integrity.
  • Because of the nature of the assignments, late submissions will not be accepted.

Welcome (Students should start here!)

Students should begin the course by viewing the documents found in the Welcome module. There is an overview of the course and the textbook, as well as a document about discussion board etiquette. Finally in this section, you will find the library use video along with a quiz about the video. Complete the Introduction Discussion Board and the Library Quiz. Please note this quiz is for a grade and must be completed independently by the students.

 Module 1 – Introduction and Key Concepts in Global Health

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 1 & 2 in the text. There are assigned reading materials found in this module that the student must complete, as well as a dropbox assignment for the Behavior Change Project. Complete the discussion board (Where do I fit in?) and the quiz for this module.

Module 2 – Burden of Disease, Communicable and Non-communicable Disease

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 3, 13 & 14 in the text. There is also a discussion board question for this module. Complete the dropbox assignment for foreign country disease burden assessment. Complete the discussion board (Surprising facts about disease burden) and the quiz for this module.

Module 3 – The Ecological and Nutritional Impact on Health

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 8 & 9 in the text. Complete 2 dropbox assignments (Update to Behavior Project & WHO Challenges Essay). Complete the discussion board (Personal Ways to Prevent Disease Physically or Attitude Adoption), and the quiz for this module.

Module 4 – Inequities and Human Rights in Global Health

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 4 & 5 in the text. Complete the discussion board (Pick one of four vignettes at the beginning of Chapter 5 and explain the ethical or human rights issue in essay form), and the quiz for this module. Complete the dropbox assignment for foreign country health statistics comparison.

Module 5 – Natural Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 16 & 17 in the text. Complete the discussion board (Find a global health organization and describe its mission and global objectives relating to SDGs). Complete the dropbox assignment about environmental and natural disasters.

Module 6– Global Health and Health Systems

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapter 6 in the text. Complete the discussion board (Choose from discussion questions # 4, 6 7, 8, 9, or 10 on page 159 in Chapter 6 and compose a response). Complete the dropbox assignment on developing a new health care system. 

Module 7 - Course Completion

Students should review the Module 7 notes. Complete the discussion board (Your vision of healthcare). Submit your completed Behavior Change Project in dropbox.


Discussion Boards10%Quizzes  


50%Final Project25%

Grade Scale:    

A = 100 – 90

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 and below


This is a hybrid course, that is, there are face-to-face meetings and there are online requirements. You must be vigilant in logging onto D2L. Regular checks will ensure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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