Spring 2024 Course Offerings

How to End a Pandemic (MHUM-2210-01 )

Undergraduate Level • Spring 2024 • Sharon Abramowitz

A story of pandemic response can speak louder than a thousand research studies. Oral histories from public health emergencies can provide crucial insights into the experiences of epidemic response that help us understand public health preparedness, response capabilities, and local, national, and international strengths and vulnerabilities. In this course, students will learn about social science, oral history, and journalistic ethics and research methods that are deployed to learn about disease outbreaks and engage with historians, medical humanities researchers, policy makers, and journalists. Our emphasis is on public health emergency responders from medical, public health, politics, business, research, policy, and community mobilization sectors. During this course, students will have the opportunity to conduct oral history interviews and work with transcripts from the How to End a Pandemic archive. The course will conclude with reflections and plans for future student engagements at the intersection of oral history and medical research.

Dis. Research Methods (GLID-7800-01 )

Graduate Level • Spring 2024 • Sharon Abramowitz

This graduate-level research methods course will train students in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methodological and analytical approaches necessary for careers in global health and infectious disease policy, research, and practice.

Engaging Communities for Health (GLID-5500-01 )

Graduate Level • Spring 2024 • Sharon Abramowitz

Engaging Communities for Health introduces students to the core principles, practices, policies, and capabilities that are required to engage communities around all aspects of infectious disease surveillance, control, and response. It moves beyond short-term outbreak dynamics to provide the tools to students to engage in structural, multi-scalar, and social, cultural, economic, and political analysis. By the conclusion of this course, students will have a comprehensive theoretical, methodological, policy, and applied foundation for using community-based strategies for infectious diseases in partnerships with local communities, governments, researchers, and policy makers. Students will demonstrate command over the factors that impact engaging communities for health from a multi-scalar perspective, and will be prepared to advocate, implement, and analyze impactful community engagement action.

Fall 2023 Course Offerings

Science & Technology in the Global Arena (STIA-3005-01 )

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2023 • Rebecca Katz

Science and technology have revolutionized geopolitical strategy, helped to internationalize markets, created new possibilities for environmental degradation and nuclear destruction, enhanced economic development, addressed health issues on a global scale, and altered the conduct of warfare, economic trade, and political relations. The complexity of these issues requires individuals with some degree of technical and scientific knowledge—from scientists to well-trained experts—to assist in crafting solutions to the diplomatic problems that science and technology pose. STIA 305 is an introduction to how science and technology affect international affairs, and how international affairs impacts scientific and technological developments. Students learn through a combination of lectures from core STIA faculty and practitioners, readings, discussion sections, written assignments, and interactive simulations that depending on the semester may involve negotiating global environmental agreements, crafting global health responses, developing new technologies, advising on international development interventions, planning for energy security risks, or working through a nuclear crisis. The course is open to all Georgetown undergrads with priority given to STIA majors and minors, and is offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

Global Health Security & Diplomacy (STIA-3294-01)

Undergraduate/Graduate Level • Fall 2023 • Rebecca Katz

Global Health Security and Diplomacy will explore the interconnection between international affairs and the science and technology of critical global health issues such as pandemic preparedness and response (eg, Zilka, Ebola, influenza); infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria, and TB; the rising spread of noncommunicable diseases such as tobacco and diabetes; regulation of medicines, health products and food; and the securitization of health. This seminar will examine the role of diplomacy and policymaking processes in addressing these issues including the development of national foreign policies for global health; the establishment of treaties and international agreements; negotiations with public, private and philanthropic players; and governance of international organizations and public-private partnerships. In this course, the student will seek to understand the role that diplomatic and political processes play in shaping global health programs, policies and operations through readings, discussion and lecture and present a paper on a specific topic chosen in conjunction with the professor of her/his choosing.

Previous Course Offerings

Global Health Security & Diplomacy

Undergraduate/Graduate Level • Summer 2023, Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Spring 2017

Dis. Research Methods

Graduate Level • Spring 2023

Engaging Communities for Health

Graduate Level • Spring 2023, Fall 2022

Emerging Diseases after COVID

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2022

Perspectives in Infectious Disease 1

Graduate Level • Fall 2022

How to End a Pandemic

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2021

Infectious Disease and Conflict

Undergraduate/Graduate Level • Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018

Microbiology of Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Disease

Graduate Level • Fall 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2019, Fall 2018

Planetary Health Law

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2021

Quantitative Evidence in Infectious Disease Research

Graduate Level • Fall 2021

Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Graduate Level • Spring 2021

Epidemiology for Lawyers

Graduate Level (Law) • Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2019 (Week 1), Spring 2018

Global Health Security

Graduate Level • Spring 2021, Spring 2020, Spring 2019

Methods in Health Geography

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2020

Decolonizing Global Health

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2020

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Infectious Disease I

Graduate Level • Fall 2020

COVID-19: Theory and Action in a Time of Pandemic

Undergraduate Level • Spring 2020

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Undergraduate/Graduate Level • Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2017

Global Health Law Intensive: A Problem Based Exploration

Undergraduate/Graduate Level • Spring 2020, Spring 2019

Science & Technology in the Global Arena

Undergraduate Level • Spring 2020

Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2019

Science and Technology in the Global Arena

Graduate Level • Fall 2019, Fall 2018

Webinar – Emerging Infectious Diseases and One Health

2019 Health Security Partners Iraq Stewards Virtual Curriculum • July 2019

Global Health Diplomacy | The George Washington University

Graduate Level • Summer 2019, Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Summer 2017, Winter 2017

Emerging Technologies

Graduate Level • Spring 2019

Internship Experience

Graduate Level • Spring 2018

International Affairs Tutorial

Undergraduate Level • Fall 2017

Graduate Level – Mentored Research

Graduate Level • Fall 2016