Jordan: Health and Community Development


Healthcare Systems and Policy in Jordan - syllabus (PDF)
(MDES 3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course is designed to introduce students to health realities in Jordan and the government’s efforts in building a modern healthcare infrastructure to serve its population. The course provides a background to Jordan’s modern history of public health improvements and focuses on the challenges facing health professionals, such as chronic health problems typical of a developed nation and concerns about protecting the environment for future generations. The course integrates classroom lectures and field visits to health institutions and associations serving different population groups.

Health, Environment, and Community Development - syllabus (PDF)
(MDES 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
This course addresses the intertwined relationship between health, environment, and social development through an examination of the rights to public health, accessibility to health services, environmental protection, and alternative medical resources. The course also explores the link between poverty and health risks and the role played by civil society associations to facilitate access to disenfranchised segments of the population. The course relies on the UN Report on Human Development to contextualize the debate on health, environmental protection, and social development in Jordan. This course also addresses the emergence of Jordan as a major center for alternative medical treatment in the region. The course combines classroom lectures by academics and health professionals and field visits to government health centers and development NGOs working in the areas of health development and preventive care.

Intensive Language Study: Beginning Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus (PDF)
(ARAB 1000–1500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus (PDF)
(ARAB 2000–2500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Intensive Language Study: Advanced Modern Standard Arabic – syllabus (PDF)
(ARAB 3000–3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic through classroom and field instruction. Not only does the course aim to have students use Arabic to express themselves in daily life, but also to develop students’ understanding of Arabic culture through different applications of the language. Students are placed in intensive beginning, intermediate, or advanced classes based on in-country evaluation, including oral proficiency testing. There is further language practice in homestays and field visits. A component on Jordanian Colloquial Arabic is also part of the course.

Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus (PDF)
(ANTH 3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
The Research Methods and Ethics course aims at blending cross-cultural awareness with conventional academic learning. It focuses on initiating the students to the methods of conducting field research and the ethics involved in the study of health-related issues. Students learn about the cultural particulars of everyday life in urban and rural areas of Jordan and the health resources available to various segments of the population. The lectures address issues that pertain to research methods, confidentiality and anonymity of informants, data gathering, interviewing, and safety and security. The ultimate objective is to prepare students to undertake an Independent Study Project in total respect of in-country ethics and the international ethical norms that regulate health research. At the end of the course, students should have the cultural understanding and the methodological tools to successfully complete an Independent Study Project.

Independent Study Project – syllabus (PDF)
(ISPR 3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Amman or another approved location in Jordan appropriate to the project. Sample topic areas: poverty and healthcare in Jordan; health promotion and diet in rural Jordan; medical tourism and local development: the case of the Dead Sea; obesity and diabetes among female teenagers; impact of water shortage on the health of Bedouin tribes; media and health; health promotion in children’s textbooks; role of private health clinics in health development in Jordan; religion and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Costs Dates

Credits: 16

Duration: 15 weeks

Program Base: Amman

Language Study: Arabic

Prerequisites: None


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