Politics of Global Health
Why do some people live longer than others? Is being taller due to genetics or economics? Why are undernutrition and HIB such problems in parts of Africa, but not Latin America? Human health is influenced by a number of factors, such as diet, environment, and personal choices, as well as politics. Simply, there are many complex factors, such as income, education, and country of residence, that also influence health. This seminar will explore how broader issues in politics and economics play central roles in allowing a person to have optimal health or not. Through readings, discussions, and interactive programs at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, a site for interdisciplinary research, students will explore many aspects of global human health. Specific issues to be covered include obesity, infectious diseases, undernutrition, and HIV as case studies in different political-economic situations. The objective of the seminar is for students to gain a deeper appreciation of the complexities involved in global health.