I teach several courses in the core Global Health Studies curriculum, and three electives in data, food economics, and nutrition. My teaching goal is to prepare students to tackle intractable global health and nutrition problems around the world by equipping them with rigorous foundations in gathering, interpreting, and communicating information.

Fall 2021 Courses:

GHS 130 Introduction to Global Health Studies

GHS 345 Economics of Food and Agriculture

GHS 600/610 Senior Seminar I/II

Global Health Data and Visualization

An exploration of publicly available quantitative data related to global health and development from individuals, families, and countries around the world. Students learn how to find, organize, and visualize publicly available data, as well as practice database management, merging, documentation, and visualization with emphases on data equity and on understanding the underlying processes by which data are generated by various agencies and organizations. Students investigate the benefits and drawbacks of using publicly available data and gain skills to prepare for independent data analysis.

In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Understand fundamental concepts about data, statistics, and visualization;

  2. Understand the data generating processes for global health and development data;

  3. Demonstrate proficiency in database management, organization, and data cleaning;

  4. Calculate summary statistics and conduct exploratory data analysis;

  5. Visualize data and trends using charts, figures, and tables;

  6. Develop relevant software and programming skills;

  7. Recognize and analyze ethical issues about data, its collection, and its accessibility.

Economics of Food and Agriculture

A study of the economics methods used for food policy analysis. Students apply economics tools to major food and nutrition policy problems around the world. Students explore food production and consumption behavior, social welfare changes, international trade, market failures, and government policies. Through a combination of lectures and seminars, students gain analytical methods and familiarity with data to explain and predict outcomes of the food economy, including trends in poverty, inequality, employment, and economic growth. This course is an undergraduate upper-division elective and can fulfill major/minor requirements in Economics, Environmental Science and Sustainability, and Global Health Studies.

In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Explain and predict consumption, production, and trade in the global food system;

  2. Analyze the social welfare consequences of market failures, government policies, and external shocks to the global food system;

  3. Measure and interpret macroeconomic and microeconomic data on agriculture, food, nutrition, and health;

  4. Analyze the implications to global health and the macroeconomy of changes to the food system under different market and governmental structures.

Global Health and Nutrition

An evaluation of selected global health challenges in the area of nutrition, with particular focus on maternal and child health. Students explore the bio-social origins of various nutritional concerns, including macro- and micro-nutrient deficiencies, food insecurity, food safety, and disparities in heights and weights. Students analyze how nutritional status develops within specific ecological and cultural contexts, and examine the ethical and health implications of nutritional disparities. Critical thinking about nutrition science and policy is a key component of this course, as students will examine the evidence base for nutrition interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of various policies to improve nutrition and health outcomes globally. This course is an undergraduate upper-division elective.

In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Analyze the relationships between nutrition and global health;

  2. Explain the causes and consequences of malnutrition with a life-course perspective;

  3. Analyze the evidence base for various nutrition programs and interventions around the world;

  4. Think critically and communicate effectively about controversies in nutrition science and policy.

Introduction to Global Health Studies

An examination of global health and development issues including region-specific challenges to the well-being of populations and the environment. Students explore the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach required to address complex health challenges worldwide and critically examine the notions that wealthy countries adequately protect the health of their citizens and that poor countries lack the ingenuity to solve problems and reduce risks. Historical and current case studies demonstrate that no region has eliminated challenges to health or well-being, no region lacks resourcefulness, and that solutions achieved in poor countries may be applicable to populations worldwide. This is an undergraduate introductory lecture course.

In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Learn, understand, and define key terms and concepts in global health;

  2. Become familiar with the types of data and various methodological approaches relevant to work in global health;

  3. Explore the four dimensions of Global Health Studies at Allegheny College;

  4. Understand and reflect critically on the challenges and trends in global health research and practice.

Topics and Approaches in Global Health Studies

This course will introduce you to the research methods and modes of communication used in the field of global health. We will use case studies to investigate different approaches to identify, define, analyze, and respond to global health issues. We will read primary and secondary research, interpret data, evaluate tools for communicating effectively to different audiences, and explore various research methods. Ethical, cultural, and interdisciplinary dimensions of global health research will be emphasized throughout the course. This course also will challenge you to think critically about a variety of current issues in global health. As the culmination of the first- and second- year seminar series, this course provides you with an opportunity to further improve your written and oral communication skills, and hone your skills to critically evaluate sources of information, synthesize that material, and conduct independent research. To develop these skills, we will focus broadly on the topic of child nutrition. Successful completion of this course will leave you better prepared for the junior seminar in global health and, eventually, the capstone Senior Thesis Project. This is an undergraduate sophomore-level writing and research seminar.

In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Recognize the practices, policies, populations, and perspectives encompassed by the field of global health;

  2. Define and explain the four dimensions of Global Health Studies and their interconnectedness;

  3. Demonstrate familiarity with scholarly literature and source materials relevant to the field of global health;

  4. Demonstrate familiarity with the methodologies taught in global health research methods courses;

  5. Develop skills to analyze complex issues, evaluate information sources, and understand methods used in health-related research;

  6. Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.

Global Health Challenges

A study of changing epidemiological improvements in less developed regions and an evaluation of interventions to reduce disease and improve human health. Case studies explore culturally specific approaches and strategies. Students examine economic, social, political, and ecological foundations of disease and evaluate whether current strategies and best practices used elsewhere can be applied to these cases. We also review literature that evaluates successes in comparable settings and then research and propose strategies using evidence-based approaches. Topics may include global food security, environmental change and emerging infectious diseases, megacities, and strategies that developing nations take toward a sustainable healthy future. This is an undergraduate upper-division writing and research seminar.

In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Understand what makes a significant and feasible research question;

  2. Demonstrate familiarity with different frameworks and research methods in relation to the four dimensions of the GHS program;

  3. Possess the skills to interpret, analyze, and evaluate scholarly literature and relevant source material;

  4. Reflect on, integrate, and apply what you have learned in other GHS coursework;

  5. Develop a senior project proposal that demonstrates the preceding learning objectives;

  6. Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.