Online University Programs
Applications for Spring Semester 2023 are now closed
Classes begin Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Gender, Economic Inequality, & Health (Certificate Requirement)
- How does economic inequality contribute to public health crises? This course investigates the current state of the global economy with a focus on how economic inequality produces wide disparities in health risk, access to health care and clinical outcomes. It also explores how domestic and global structures related to economic trade and migration create dysfunctional health care delivery systems. Students leave the course understanding why transnational struggles for a single standard of care for all people will heal inequality in our global society.
The Global Pharmaceutical Economy & Health
- The pharmaceutical industrial complex (Big Pharma) threatens global public health with profit-motivated research and uncontrolled pricing. This class interrogates the political-economic context in which Big Pharma has evolved and the ethical implications of market-based health care. It prepares students to advocate for research and fair distribution of life-saving medicines as a necessary component of an equitable health care system.
Gender, Environmental Justice & Health
- What conditions of the current economy deplete the earth’s resources and contribute to human-made climate catastrophes? This class identifies market forces and practices, including pursuit of economic growth, that degrade our environment and disproportionately impact women’s health and livelihoods. Students leave the class understanding that environmental pollution is a symptom of a toxic political-economy, that it increases both chronic and emergent health crises, and that health advocates can be pivotal in preventing disaster and reversing toxic trends.