Globalization has had both beneficial and harmful effects on human health whether examining developing countries or developed regions of the world. Ecological, biological, and economic, political, and social settings have been drastically altered in many parts of the world, and these changes are often accompanied by increasing poverty, urbanization, disrupted families, altered dietary patterns, war and refugees, as well as by changes in climate and environment. There is an increased potential for food scarcity and famine, malnutrition, and general stress. Further, there has been a resurgence of some old infections like malaria and tuberculosis, and the emergence of diseases like HIV, Ebola, or Zika. Childhood immunization programs aimed at communicable diseases and the diagnosis and treatment of some acute infections are positive developments. Despite these successes there still remain significant global health concerns, issues, and problems. This course examines the role of anthropology in studying, understanding, and working towards the maintenance of health around the globe. Special attention is given to understanding basic principles of epidemiology and public health, major causes of morbidity and mortality, population issues, maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious diseases, underdevelopment, health care infrastructure and policy, and emerging health issues.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Date: March 20, 2017
In Cape Town it is proposed that we will travel to HOPE (an NGO), Tygerberg Hospital and Blikkiesdorp where we will observe their efforts and help them to address access to treatments and care primarily for HIV/AIDS. You will be evaluated based on a paper and presentation to the class. For the paper you are expected to integrate information from in-class discussion, lectures, readings, and your observations while participating in the field class. The paper will be 6-7 pages in length and will incorporate things you learned from the field experience as well as reflections from other ports we visited and reflections on health disparities in the US.