This course examines how knowledge and research are generated in the field of global health. The course begins by considering major issues in epistemology and the philosophy of science concerning what we can know about the world, including a discussion of discipline-based and interdisciplinary approaches. In subsequent weeks, the course explores basic principles of research theory, with attention to the advantages and disadvantages of research designs such as aggregate analysis, small n comparison, and case studies. In these areas, both quantitative and qualitative approaches are covered.
In the first three weeks of January 2020, a group of 8 Harvard students and 5 Mexican students participated in the seventh year of the GHP Winter Session Course on the Mexican Health System. The course introduced participants to the history of Mexico’s health reform, Seguro Popular, and the ongoing major restructuring of the Mexican health system, which includes elimination of Seguro Popular.