Global Health and Wellness

Course Details

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Fall 2016
Bridwell Hall
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Days & Times

Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 pm  - 3:20 pm

Dr. Beth Leigh Veal (view Profile)

Course Objectives

Course Overview:

This course is designed to introduce students to global health and give them an understanding of how the global community affects and is affected by changes in economic, political, and social factors. Influences such as education, income levels, governmental policies, regulation of health care provision and transnational economic and political relations will be discussed. The importance of the globalization of disease and wellness and the importance of including all citizens in global health concerns will be deeply discussed.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Describe various factors that contribute to approaches to health care.
  2. Identify key terms and concepts in global health and wellness.
  3. Discuss ecological foundations of global health.
  4. Examine communicable diseases as transnational threats to human health and noncommunicable disease burden on global health.
  5. Explore inequities in global health.
  6. Investigate issues related to global health and security and human rights issues.
  7. Discuss issues related to top down and bottom up promotion of global health. 8. Identify his/her role in the global health community.

Course Expectations

Textbooks: Global Health in the 21st Century: The Globalization of Disease and Wellness, Debra L. DeLaet & David E. DeLaet, ISI, Paradigm Publishers. 2012.

Teaching Strategies: Independent reading assignments, D2L open book module quizzes, drop box assignments, and a final project.


Communication with the Professor:

Individual questions and concerns should be handled through an email directly to the professor using the email address at the top of this syllabus. Email is the best way for contacting the instructor. Please make sure you have your preferred email address as the one for your university email account to forward to as I will not use the D2L mailbox at all. Direct email to:

Throughout the semester, the professor may post announcements on D2L. Contact information for the professor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus. Email is the preferred mode of communication. Students must use the MSU Student Email system. The professor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session. Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the professor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc).

Students should include the course number (RADS 3503) in the subject line of the email and include his/her name in the body of the email. If students do not use the course number, the professor will return with an email asking for more information; this will delay getting answers to students. The professor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students if they request it. This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the professor.


This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions. However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto D2L. Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to. See the Course Schedule for specific information about activities and due dates. 

Grading Standards


Discussion Boards     25%
Quizzes                        20%
Assignments               40%
Behavior Project        15%

Grade Scale:

A =  100 – 90

B =     89 – 80

C =     79 – 70

D =     69 – 60

F =     59 and below

Final Exam


Submission Format Policy

Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus for specific information about activities and due dates.

If students have technical difficulties, they should use the “Help” link on D2L, contact the MSU Information Systems Support Staff, and send an email to the professor explaining what happened.

  • All work submitted to the instructor will be considered complete and final, and will be graded as such.
  • All reading assignments are mandatory and the students’ comprehension of the content will either be graded in the form of a quiz or applied in an assignment.
  • All assignments must be written at the baccalaureate level and will be graded for accuracy, completeness, quality, spelling, grammar, and integrity.
  • Because of the nature of the assignments, late submissions will not be accepted

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is mandatory.  Missed classes will result in a 5 point deduction from the final grade per absence.  Missed assignments or quizzes may not be made up except in emergency circumstances and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Late arrival to class will result in a 2 point deduction for each occurence.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at