Explore the links between public health, policy advocacy, and community, with a focus on women, children, tribal, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations in India.
This program studies the relationship between public health and community in a field-study context. Students analyze specific case studies that illuminate the problems, prospects, and potential methods of promoting health. Policy advocacy efforts for realization of right to health on the national and international levels are also examined, along with relevant public health schemes and programs.
Major topics of study include:
- Social determinants of health (poverty, oppression, caste, and hierarchy) and health equity and social justice
- The scourge of malnutrition, failure of the health system, and response of the community
- The political economy of health (globalization, the WTO, the IMF, and World Bank)
- Regional and grassroots approaches to improving access to healthcare
- “Health” and its relationship to human fulfillment
- Status of reproductive and child health