Current Graduate Courses

MHS 5010. Perspectives on Global Public Health. (Also listed as MHS 3010) Global issues in public health. Focus on ecological approaches. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3010. [3]

MHS 5020. U.S. Public Health Ethics and Policy. (Also listed as MHS 3020) Critical perspectives on ethical and policy issues in U.S. public health. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3020. [3]

MHS 5030. Community Health Research. (Also listed as MHS 3030) Conceptual and methodological challenges. Focus on descriptive studies and intervention research to address health disparities in chronic diseases and psychiatric disorders. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3030. [3]

MHS 5120. Medicine, Technology, and Society. (Also listed as MHS 3120) Tensions between art and science in medicine. The effect of science and technology on the doctor-patient relationship. Social and ethical issues raised by new biomedical developments. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3120. [3]

MHS 5140. Afrofuturism and Cultural Criticisms of Medicine. (Also listed as MHS 3140) Exploration of Afrofuturism as a literary genre and its critique of the impact of techno-science and medicine on black health, life, and futurity. Multidisciplinary approach in understanding novels, memoirs, and secondary texts. No credit for students who earned credit for 290 section 3 in fall 2013. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3140. [3]

MHS 5150. Death and Dying in America. (Also listed as MHS 3150) Interdisciplinary introduction to thanatology; changes in medicine and attitudes towards dying as they reshape the American way of death in a multicultural landscape. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3150. [3]

MHS 5230. Masculinity and Men’s Health. (Also listed as MHS 2230) Interdisciplinary approach to men’s health issues and to perceptions of masculinity. The history of men’s diseases. Men in clinical settings. Social policies that affect men’s health behaviors. No credit for students who earned credit for 290 section 5 in fall 2012. No credit for students who have earned credit for 2230. [3]

MHS 5240. Bionic Bodies, Cyborg Cultures. (Also listed as MHS 2240) Historical and cultural evolution of prosthetics, artificial limbs, and other assistive technologies. Shifts in social views resulting from war, economics, and art and design. Critical texts, films, art practices, and technological advancements. No credit for students who have earned credit for 2240. [3]

MHS 5250. War and the Body. (Also listed as MHS 2250) Impact of war on the human body. Anthropology of the body and theories of bodily experience. Production, representation, and experience of war and of military and medical technologies on a bodily level. Acceptable and unacceptable types of harm. No credit for students who earned credit for 290 section 2 in fall 2012. No credit for students who have earned credit for 2250. [3]

MHS 5330. Men’s Health Research. (Also listed as MHS 2330) Concepts and theories of men’s health. Global and domestic issues. Effect of men’s social and economic advantages on health outcomes. Strategies to improve men’s health; relationships between cultural values and health policy; and cultural explanations that shape men’s health campaigns. No credit for students who earned credit for 290 section 14 in spring 2013. No credit for students who have earned credit for 2330. [3]

MHS 5350. Perspectives on Trauma. (Also listed as MHS 3250) Trauma as a framework for understanding individual and collective suffering. Trauma in the context of medicine, war, and politics, and of racial, sexual, and gender inequalities. Alternative ways of conceptualizing feeling, memory and loss. No credit for students who earned credit for 295 section 02 in spring 2013. No credit for students who have earned credit for 3250. [3]

MHS 5410. HIV/AIDS in the Global Community. (Also listed as MHS 2410) Medical, social, political, economic, and public policy dimensions of HIV/AIDS. Prevention and treatment strategies, social stigma, and discrimination. No credit for students who have earned credit for 2410. [3]

MHS 5420. Economic Demography and Global Health. (Also listed as MHS 2420) Economic consequences of demographic change in developing and developed countries. Links between socioeconomic status and health; relationship between health and economic growth; determinants of fertility, mortality, and migration. [3]

MHS 6010. Psychiatry, Culture, and Globalization. (Also listed as MHS 4010) Cross-cultural analysis of mental illness; the emergence of cultural psychiatry; and the globalization of biopsychiatry and neuroscience. No credit for students who earned credit for 295 section 2 in fall 2012. No credit for students who have earned credit for 4010. [3]

MHS 6100. Theories and Methods in Critical Health Studies. [Formerly MHS 300] Introduction to graduate-level research and professionalization. Core social theories and forms of evidence. Practical skills related to scholarly engagement, presentation, and writing. [3]

MHS 6200. Concepts and Methods in Health Disparities Research. Conceptual and methodological challenges faced in conducting studies on racial/ethnic, SES, and gender disparities. Descriptive and intervention research with emphasis on community-based studies. No credit for students who have earned credit for MHS 6500-01 offered spring 2016. [3]

MHS 6300. Social Studies of Science and Medicine. Technologies, social groups, institutions, and other factors shaping the human and natural sciences. Qualitative research methods. No credit for students who have earned credit for MHS 6500-01 offered fall 2015. [3]

MHS 6400. Quantitative Research Methods. Basic skills in generating, interpreting, and presenting statistical evidence. Emphasis on applied skills. No credit for students who have earned credit for 6500 section 02 offered fall 2016. [3]

MHS 6500. Special Topics in the Social Foundations of Health. [Formerly MHS 320] May be repeated for credit more than once if there is no duplication in topic. Students may enroll in more than one section of this course each semester. [1-3]

MHS 7000. Interdisciplinary Research Methods. [Formerly MHS 310] Key methods in the analysis of health and medicine from epidemiology, anthropology, sociology, history, and philosophy. No credit for students who earned credit for 295 section 1 in fall 2013. [3]

MHS 7100. Research Workshop. [Formerly MHS 302] Research presentations by faculty members, visiting scholars, and graduate students. Assists students in the selection of research topics and in the presentation of research. May be repeated for credit. [1]

MHS 7200. Thesis Seminar. [Formerly MHS 370] Preparation of a thesis proposal and development of a thesis. May be repeated for credit. [1]

MHS 7305. Foundations of Global Health. [Formerly MHS 305] Determinants of health and interventions used to better health, particularly in low-resource settings. Core research and evaluation methodologies used in the field. [3]

MHS 7306. Essential Skills in Global Health. [Formerly MHS 306] Core field tools, needs assessment, implementation techniques, and methodologies in global health program implementation. Determinants of global health and development from an interdisciplinary perspective. Global health theories and practices with an emphasis on collective, partnership-based action. No credit for students who have earned credit for IGHM 5240 or PUBH 5550. [3]

MHS 7308. Ethics, Law, and Medicine. [Formerly MHS 308] Explores intersection of ethical, legal, and medical concerns in the modern world of health care. Case-based and discussion format. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed DIV 3452, MED 5240, or LAW 9078 [3]

MHS 7311. Ethics in Global Health. [Formerly MHS 311] Overview of ethical issues and standards in global health, particularly ethics in international research. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed VIGH 5244 or IGHM 5244. [1]

MHS 7312. Informatics for Global Health Professionals. [Formerly MHS 312] Medical informatics with emphasis on a global health care setting. As global health bridges both patient care and public health, so informatics. Patient-based information systems and public health information systems. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed VIGH 5242 or IGHM 5242. [1]

MHS 7313. Introduction to Medical Anthropology. [Formerly MHS 313] The study of illness, suffering, and healing in cultures around the world. Medical anthropology topics, theoretical approaches, and research techniques. Case studies on chronic illness, sorcery and traditional healing, modern pandemics, and treatment/illness expectations. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed PUBH 5548 or IGHM 5248. [1]

MHS 7314. Global Health Politics and Policy. [Formerly MHS 314] Global health problems facing the world’s populations today and efforts taken to improve health at a global level. Political movements of global health issues in the US and among the G8 nations from 2000-2011. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed PUBH 5550 or IGHM 5250. [1]

MHS 7315. Leadership and Development in Global Health. [Formerly MHS 315] Leadership theory and practice in the area of global health. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed VIGH 5246 or IGHM 5246. [1]

MHS 7316. Case Studies in Tropical Diseases. [Formerly MHS 316] Tropical diseases and parasitology in a clinical case study format. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed VIGH 5249 or IGHM 5249. [1]

MHS 7317. Introduction to Quality Improvement. [Formerly MHS 317] Concept and methodology of Quality Improvement (QI) science as it applies to health care delivery in the U.S. and in the developing world. Serves as repeat credit for students who have completed VIGH 5252 or IGHM 5252. [1]

MHS 7319. Laboratory Technologies in Low Resource Settings. [Formerly MHS 319] Core laboratory principles, technologies, and applications used in the delivery of care and the performance of clinical research in resource-limited settings. Strengths, limitations, and appropriate use of laboratory technologies in the changing landscape of international research and clinical care. [3]

MHS 7830. Graduate Service Learning. [Formerly MHS 394A] Must be taken concurrently with 7831 and/or 7832. After completing the experience, all students must write a thorough report. [1-3].

MHS 7831. Service Learning Research. [Formerly MHS 394B] Students will write a substantial research paper under the supervision of a Vanderbilt faculty member, on a topic related to their service learning experience. [1-3]

MHS 7832. Service Learning Readings. [Formerly MHS 394C] Readings and a substantial interpretive essay on topics related to the service learning experience, under the supervision of a Vanderbilt faculty member. [1-3]

MHS 7850. Independent Study. [Formerly MHS 390A] Readings and research in a minimum of two disciplines, to be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser and subject to the approval of the program director. [1-3]

MHS 7851. Independent Study. [Formerly MHS 390B] Readings and research in a minimum of two disciplines, to be selected in consultation with a faculty adviser and subject to the approval of the program director. [1-3]

MHS 7880. Internship Training. [Formerly MHS 393A] Must be taken concurrently with 7881 and/or 7882. [1-3]

MHS 7881. Internship Research. [Formerly MHS 393B] Students will write a substantial research paper under the supervision of a Vanderbilt faculty member. [1-3]

MHS 7882. Internship Readings. [Formerly MHS 393C] Readings and a substantial interpretive essay on topics related to the internship training, under the supervision of a Vanderbilt faculty member. [1-3]

MHS 7999. Master’s Thesis Research. [Formerly MHS 369] [0-12]

Past Graduate Courses

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