Global Burden of Diseases- The Patient Illness Experience


INSTRUCTOR: Anthoni Llau Jr

Summer 2020: RVGA Fall 2020: RVP


Course Description

Students will first learn about current diseases and conditions of global health significance from a public health perspective. They will familiarize themselves with the determinants, risk factors, symptoms, and consequences of diseases and conditions in global populations. Students will then read several first-hand accounts of illness (e.g. videos, articles, personal memoirs) in persons affected with these diseases and conditions and use them as case studies to explore its emotional, psychological, and social consequences. The area topics will encompass three major categories: 1) infectious diseases; 2) non-communicable diseases and; 3) environmental illnesses.
Students will be introduced to a framework for understanding not only a disease’s distribution, causes, and burden, but also the personal experience represented in the case studies.
Course Objectives
1. Identify health conditions with a major impact on global morbidity and mortality.
2. Describe the patterns of major global diseases and their risk factors.
3. Explain the patient’s perspective on the experience of illness.
4. Demonstrate an ability to read, listen, and think about the effects of illness on loss, suffering, and life disruption.
5. Recognize how patients with illnesses may experience illness differently based on life stage, ethnicity, and gender.