Global Health and Gender Equality

Global Health
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019

Global Health and Gender Equality

With each global health crisis, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU as well as practitioners to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With an applied focus, the course will assist students in engaging and advocating for a community on a global health issue through a policy memo.

This iteration of the course will examine gender equality and SDG #5.

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Friday, Nov. 1st

5:00PM-5:15PM: Welcome Remarks

5:15PM-6:30PM: Müge Finkel, Assistant Professor, International Development at Graduate School in Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

6:45PM-8:00PM: Overview of Writing a Policy Memo and Review of Student Examples

Saturday, Nov. 2nd

8:30AM-9:45AM: Mari Webel, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

10:00AM-11:15AM: Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University


1:00PM-2:00PM: Lunch Break

2:00PM-3:15PM: Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Mellon University

3:30PM-4:45PM: Martha Terry, Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

5:00PM-6:30PM: Workshop on Planning and Researching a Policy Memo 

Sunday, Nov. 3rd

9:00AM-10:45AM: Practicing Community Discussions to a Global Health Problem: A Case Study Activity 

11:00AM-11:45AM: Workshop on Adapting to Your Policy Memo Audience

11:45AM-12:30PM: Comparing Disciplines and Perspectives Worksheet

Veronica Dristas

University of Pittsburgh; Associate Director; Global Studies Center