This course explores the relationship between health, inequality and development focusing in particular on national and international institutions and policy responses. It starts by looking at the empirical literature on the relationship between health and growth, and inequality and health. We then turn to the issue of development, focusing on the millennium development goals (MDGs) as the defining feature of the global approach to economic development, and MDG6 (to combat AIDS, malaria, TB and other infectious diseases) in particular. We will look at recent work on the impact of the MDGs and implications for the post-2015 development agenda.
The global economic crisis of 2008 and ongoing recession is placing great strains on donor funding for development and health. We consider recent trends in this regard, as well as the apparent shift in the global health agenda away from infectious diseases and towards non-communicable diseases.
The course also explores the relationship between recent austerity measures and health outcomes and considers different institutional approaches at country level. We conclude with a focus on bird flu, as a lens for considering whether the current global health agenda is up to the task of dealing with new infectious diseases.
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics.
[Also GLBL 325a]