What strains are we facing in America with health inequality? What about countries other than ours? What is the difference between equity and equality?
All of these questions lead to a greater understanding of our world and more, how we can improve our world. Introduction to Global Health is a class that studies health disparities in our country and in the rest of the world. It is beneficial for students of all majors and interests and can change the way that one looks at health but here are some specifics of why all students should take this class.
1. A greater understanding of how health impacts the whole world.
There are some large differences between a first world and third world country, yet many of these differences are connected. Things that are done in one country can directly impact what happens in another country, in either a good or a bad way. Thus, you learn the consequences of choices made and the effects they have on the rest of the world.
2. An appreciation for what you have.
It has been said a million times to be thankful for what you have, but you cannot understand why until you get a glimpse into another side of the world. This class gives an in-depth glimpse that will leave a lasting impact.
3. An understanding of political and health care related topics.
The news has been full of discussions on health care and what should change/remain the same about it, but without a background in this area one cannot understand what is being talked about. Health care is extremely important and it is also important to know what is happening with it, as it affects everybody. This class teaches students how to decipher the political talk to understand how they will be affected.
4. The difference between equality and equity.
Too often the word equality is thrown in and people believe it is a great thing! Often, equality is a great thing but it is not what most people think it is. For example, you have a tall person and a short trying to reach an apple on a tree. For equality, they are both given a one foot tall stool to help them reach. The tall person can now reach the tree but the short person is unable to. For equity, the tall person is given a one foot tall stool and the short person is given a two foot tall stool. Now both can reach the tree and grab an apple. This is the difference between equality and equity.
There are so many more things that this class teaches and these four things are not even scrapping the surface. Not only is it beneficial but it is a fun and engaging class that one will look forward to each week!