Global Population Health


This course confronts students with the science behind the concept that health in populations today is produced mostly by structures that decrease the gap between the rich and poor to produce caring and sharing amongst individuals and institutions in that society.  Early life is the most vulnerable period for producing healthy adults.  Students are required to try to disseminate the material in this paradigm shift that is slowly transforming thinking about health.

Global Population Health

Stephen Bezruchka

Email: sabez@uw.edu

Tu, Th 12:00 - 1:20, Room T-478


Course email list to all registered students


Course Objectives


Students will describe social, political and economic contexts that influence health.


Students will list reasons for health inequalities among nations or substantial populations.


Students will critically analyze popular views of health production in societies.


Students will develop an activity intended to produce better human health in the USA and in countries with poor health status.

Course Learning Methods

Students attend lectures, discuss readings for the last quarter of each session led by a student facilitator.  Students sign up to lead the discussion.  Twenty percent (20%) of the grade comes from class discussions and facilitating this.   

They do a population health web ramble and write their responses (10%). 

They also write a paper (25%), and do a dissemination exercise to take course concepts into a community event that they organize (25%).

In addition they watch a video and write a response (10%) as well as do a work-world monitor exercise after which they write up their experiences (10%).


Wilkinson, R. and K. E. Pickett (2011). The Spirit Level:  why equality is better for everyone. London, Penguin.  

Other readings on the library website https://eres.lib.washington.edu/eres/coursepass.aspx?cid=6219

Send questions about this workspace to Global Health 514 Spr. 2010.