SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentMA Program of Sociology, First Year MA Program of Sociology, Second Year
Course NameSpecialized Course I (GDG): Global Health Governance
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Global Health Governance is an English taught course with students that come from various backgrounds. In order to let students get to know each other more and later form groups, each student will give a 3-min self-introduction, in which you will share:

  1. Your name (or how you wish to be called) 

  2. Your background (including your nationality, school, department etc.)

  3. Why did you choose this course and what you wish to gain from it


To be revised

(Week 1) Introduction: Overview of class, Student Team Arrangement, Brief of WHO Simulation

(Week 2) Global Health Burden 1: Infectious Diseases

(Week 3) Global Health Burden 2: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

(Week 4) Global Health Burden 3: Accidents, Injury, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health

(Week 5) State, Society, and Health: Protection of Society, Governance of Human Life, Virus Spread, and Economic Psychology

(Week 6) Midterm Group Presentation 

(Week 7) Midterm Group Report (Online Submission) 

(Week 8) Global Health Topic 1: Intellectual Property, Drug Regulations, Vaccine regulation during the pandemic, and Access to Medicine

(Week 9) Global Health Topic 2: Big Data, Health Information, Surveillance, and Privacy

(Week 10) Global Health Topic 3: Health Governance, Minority Group, and Human Rights

(Week 11) Global Health Topic 4: Resource Scarcity, Distributive Justice, and Health Governance

(Week 12) WHO Simulation Prep. 1: World Health Organization, World Health Assembly, and the International Health Regulations  

(Week 13) WHO Simulation Prep. 2: Universal Healthcare, Primary Health Care, and Health Governance 

(Week 14) WHO Simulation Prep. 3: ODAs,, NGOs, and Supragovernment  Agencies, Refugees and Humanitarian Aid

(Week 15) WHO Simulation Prep. 4: Simulation Drill and Document Drafting

(Week 16) WHO Simulation: Formal WHO Simulation

(Week 17) WHO Simulation Wrap-up: Question and Reflection of Simulation

(Week 18) Final Report (Online Submission)

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



Class participation 10%

Midterm report (Written and oral presentation) 25%

WHO simulation 40%

Final report 25%


Textbook & Reference


Gostin, L. O. (2014). Global Health Law: Harvard University Press.

Gostin, L. O., & Wiley, L. F. (2016). Public health law: power, duty, restraint: Univ of California Press.

Latour B. (1993), The Pasteurization of France, Harvard University Press. 


Nestle, M. (2013). Food politics: How the food industry influences nutrition and health (Vol. 3): Univ of California Press.

Nestle, M. (2015). Soda politics: Taking on big soda (and winning): Oxford University Press, USA.

World Health Organization (2013). Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020.

World Health Organization (2014). 2008–2013 action plan for the global strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. 2008.

World Health Organization (2015). Health in 2015: from MDGs, millennium development goals to SDGs, sustainable development goals.


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