Midwestern State University

Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences & Human Services

Revised , January 2019


Course Number:    
HSHS   1013
3 credits
Course Title: Global Health and Wellness
Tammy Kurszewski, D.H.Sc., RRT-ACCS
Bridwell Hall, Office 301B
Office: (940) 397.4546
Email: tammy.kurszewski@msutexas.edu

Class Meetings: Thursday 9:30 - 10:50

Dillard 177


 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 top down and bottom up promotion of global health.
  8. Identify his/her role in the global health community.


Global Health in the 21st Century: The Globalization of Disease and Wellness, Debra L. DeLaet & David E. DeLaet,  ISI, Paradigm Publishers. 2012.

Teaching Strategies:

Independent reading assignments, D2L open book module quizzes, drop box assignments, and a final exam.


Discussion Boards 10%
Final Project 25%

Grade Scale:    

A = 100 – 90

B = 89 – 80

C = 79 – 70

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 and below

The last opportunity to drop this course with a grade of “W” is 4:00pm on March 26th.  Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for details about receiving a grade of “Incomplete” in a course.  In an emergency or extenuating circumstance, a student may request a grade of “Incomplete” in a course before grades are submitted.  If the instructor grants the “Incomplete,” the student has until thirty (30) days after the beginning of the next long semester to complete the course requirements.  If the student does not complete the course requirements within the deadline, the grade of “Incomplete” will automatically convert into a grade of “F.

Communication with the Professor:

Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professor using the email address at the top of this syllabus or through D2L email. Email is the best way for contacting the instructor.

Throughout the semester, the professor may post announcements on D2L.  Contact information for the professor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use the MSU Student Email system.   The professor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the professor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc).

The professor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students if they request it.  This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the professor.     


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 insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. Excessive absenteeism could result in a reduction in overall course grade. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates.

(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.

Welcome (Students should start here! - Quiz)

Students should begin the course by viewing the documents found in the Welcome module. There is an overview of the course and the textbooks, 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. This quiz is for a grade and must be completed independently by the students.

 Module 1 – Introduction to Global Health

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapter 1 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 – Key Concepts in Global Health and Ecological Foundations

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapter 2 and 3 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 – Global Health and Communicable and Non Communicable diseases.

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 4 and 5 in the text. Complete the dropbox assignment (Update to Behavior Project).  Complete the discussion board  (Personal Ways to Prevent Disease Physically or Attitude Adoption)  and the quiz for this module.

Module 4 – Global Health Inequities

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapter 6 in the text. Complete the discussion board (Pick three of the seven discussion questions, p. 113 and prepare a 75 to 125 word response to each),  and the quiz for this module.  Complete the dropbox assignment for foreign country health statistics comparison.

Module 5 – Global Health Security and Human Rights

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 7 and 8 in the text. Complete the discussion board (Discuss a recent security or human rights event, either global or national and explain what the violation(s) were and what bothered you the most about it),  and the quiz for this module.  Complete the drop box assignment about security threats and human rights.

Module 6– Promoting Global Health

Students should begin by reading the course notes for an overview of the module and Chapters 9, 10, and 11 in the text. Complete the discussion board (Find a global health organization and describe its mission and global objectives relating to the MDGI), Complete the drop box assignment on developing a new health care system. Complete the quiz (over chapter 11 only).  There is a second discussion board for this module.  This involves assessment of a case study.


(Requirements for each activity can be found in the appropriate module instructions; all activities due by 11:59 p.m., CST.)


Activity Due

Saturday, January 12

Classes Open

Friday, January 18

Library Quiz Due and Discussion Board Introduction

Friday, January 25

Module 1 Behavior Change Project Form Due

Discussion Board for Module 1 Due

Wednesday, January 30

Module 1 Quiz Due

Friday, February 1

Discussion Board Module 2 Due

Wednesday, February 6

Module 2 Quiz Due

Friday, February 8

Module 2 Dropbox Assignment Due

Wednesday, February 20

Module 3  - Behavior Project Part 1 Due (Dropbox 3)

Friday, February 22

Discussion Board Module 3 Due

Wednesday, February 27

Module 4 Discussion Board Due

Friday, March 1

Module 4 Dropbox Assignment Due

Friday, March 8

Module 5 Quiz Due

Wednesday, March 13

Module 5 Discussion Board Due

Friday, March 29

Module 6 Discussion Board #1 Due

Wednesday, April 3

Module 6 Dropbox Due

Wednesday, April 24

Module 6 Discussion Board #2 Due
Module 6 Quiz Due

Friday, May 3

Module 7 Discussion Board Due

Friday, May 3

 Complete Behavior Project Due

Final Project


Campus Concealed Handgun Carry Policy

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

 If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.

Special Needs

 In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

 The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The ODS has assistive devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Services in the Counseling Center, Clark Student Center Room 108.  Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

 Administrative Process

Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: 

College Dean – Dr. Jeff Killion (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Matthew Parks (940-397-7500)

Honor System

HSHS 1013 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Many components of HSHS 1013 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including online D2L course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.

Specific components of HSHS1013 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared or copied (plagiarized) from other sources.  These components include the module activities, Blackboard Open Book Module Quizzes and the Blackboard Comprehensive Final Exam.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. Papers and other assignments may be submitted to an external agency for verification of originality and authenticity.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) may be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.


By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity and to detect for plagiarism.