Faculty in the Center teach formal graduate-level courses in selected topics in International Health.

Framework Program for Global Health

INTH 301/INTH401: Global Health

The framework program integrates a variety of academic disciplines at Case Western Reserve University that are relevant to Global Health. Students participating in individual academic programs will have an opportunity to expand their exposure to these other disciplines through an introductory Global Health course, INTH 301/401. Students may then use the resources of this program to apply their individual course of study to a specific area of Global Health through additional courses and/or with international experiences. For more information, visit the Framework Program for Global Health webpage.

International Health Epidemiology Courses

INTH 484: Geographic Medicine and Epidemiology

This course provides a rigorous problem-centered training in the epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and control of infectious diseases. This is an advanced epidemiology course in which core material will be primarily taught through reading assignments, class discussion, group projects, and class presentations. By taking this course, students will develop a framework for interpreting, assessing, and performing epidemiologic research on infectious diseases. The course will be divided into three team-taught modules:1) Introduction to infectious disease epidemiology, 2) malaria, and 3) helminths. Each module is worth 1 credit hour and may be taken separately. Each module will have a separate project and exam. The final exam time will be used for group presentations and panel discussion. Active class participation is required through discussions, case studies, and group projects. Prereq: EPBI 490, EPBI 491, and a microbiology course or consent of instructor.

INTH 494: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

The epidemiology, prevention and control of representative infectious disease models. Emphasis on the triad of agent, host and environment and the molecular and genetic basis of agent and host interaction in the population. Prerequisite: EPBI 490 and a microbiology course or consent of instructor. This course is designed to give students an introduction to the field of infectious disease epidemiology. This is the branch of Epidemiology that investigates epidemics, studies transmission dynamics of infectious organisms, and evaluates control measures for infectious diseases. It draws upon many disciplines in addition to Epidemiology, such as clinical medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, mathematical modeling, entomology, anthropology, to name a few. The course will cover four general problems in infectious disease and stress the underlying epidemiological methods needed to understand them. The course will focus on tuberculosis, HIV, vaccine testing, and bioterrorism. These problems are models for the types of problems faced when studying infectious diseases. In the context of these diseases we will review topics in epidemiology including study design, mathematical modeling, cause-effect assessments, and infectious disease control.

Geographic Information Systems and Statistical Analysis of Spatial Data

Instructor:  Charles H. King M.D. M.S.

Offered:    Tuesdays 2:30-5 PM for five weeks beginning last week of March

Prerequisite: No previous coursework required, although previous training in standard statistical analysis is recommended. Students will need access to a computer running ArcGIS 9 software (available to CWRU students online from ITS Software Center) for class assignments.

Description:   This 5-week special topics course will introduce the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), georeferenced databases including remote sensing data, and special approaches to statistical analysis of spatially referenced data. At the completion of this short course, students will be familiar with:

  1. The use of ArcGIS software for creation of GIS databases
  2. The application of geospatial technologies and methods for epidemiology
  3. The exploratory evaluation of patterns of disease in terms of place and time
  4. The identification of significant clusters and diffusion of disease
  5. The assessment of geographical epidemiology of selected infectious and noninfectious diseases.
  6. The workshop will combine lectures and hands-on computer laboratory exercises using specialized software to provide training in practical application of these approaches. Enrollment will be limited to 10 students. The following provides a general outline of the content covered in each of the five weeks.


  • Week 1: Introduction to ArcGIS software, unique features of spatial data, approaches to environmental studies.
  • Week 2:Creation of georeferenced databases from GPS or address data, integration of remote
    sensing data, transformation and integration of point and areal data
  • Week 3:Introduction to exploratory spatial data analysis-- Point data and cluster analysis
  • Week 4: Introduction to exploratory spatial data analysis-- Area data and Moran's Ipop
  • Week 5: Multivariable analysis based on GIS data.

Final Project:      Your own GIS database (due one week following the 5th class) with a brief exploratory analysis of point or area data.