International Studies | Health Environment & Development
I202 | 12066 | Siqueira, Andrea D.


This core course for the Global Health and Environment thematic
concentration of the International Studies major will review human-
environment interactions from a global perspective, focusing
specifically on how global change can alter human susceptibility to
disease. Discussions will be focused on the general population and
environmental changes that contribute to health deficiencies at the
regional and global levels. Specific population changes to be
discussed include: general population growth; transportation of
people and products; urbanization and lack of sanitation; contact
with wildlife; war and social disruption; and public health
deficiencies. Specific ecological changes to be discussed include:
changes in land use (irrigation, deforestation, and fragmentation);
reduced biodiversity (altered host-parasite dynamics); pollution;
natural disasters; and climate change (altered habitats of disease
vectors). Readings will be selected to reflect the general interests
of natural and social scientists alike. By the end of the course,
students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of human-environment
interactions and the various environmental risk factors associated
with the emergence of infectious and chronic diseases as well as an
understanding of how environmental and health sciences inform
international and global policies.