Health Care Policy (HCP)
HCP 301 Global Health Care Systems 3 Credits
Global Health Care Systems is an introduction to visions of global health care, drawing upon the
fields of medical anthropology, global public health, and public policy. The course focuses upon
different understandings of health care, reflected in the actual health systems in place around the
world. Because responsible health-giving health systems respond to societies’ changing needs
and situations, students will learn about the skills needed for this kind of problem-solving, but
also come to understand that there is an urgent and vital global need for the exchange of ideas in
global health care systems.
HCP 302 Environmental Epidemiology, Pandemics and Globalization 3 Credits
This course is intended to provide basic knowledge of principles and methods of environmental
epidemiology for students whose career interests in a health-related field may include using
epidemiologic information. The course presents a holistic view of global health by crossing
several disciplines, including medical anthropology and disease history, focusing upon the social
processes by which groups are stigmatized during disease outbreaks, and public health policies
for confronting outbreaks of epidemics and pandemics. The course emphasizes the conceptual
aspects of epidemiologic investigation and application of these concepts in global health policy
and related professions. Topics include: disease surveillance; population screening; interpreting
epidemiologic associations, and the health risks and benefits of globalization. Salient foci will
be: the evaluation of the role of health diplomacy in addressing shared global health problems
among countries, and the evaluation of cultural, ethical, social, systemic, and anthropological
determinants of global health problems.
HCP 303 Global Health and Human Rights 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of human rights and their links to
national/global health, as well as to issues where human rights and health collide. Students will
become familiar with global efforts for developing practical and effective responses to global
health challenges with a human rights framework.
HCP 304 Community Based and Primary Health Care Policy 3 Credits
Community Based and Primary Health Care Policy explores the politics of health care
policy at the local level. The course identifies and evaluates various measures of the health
and function of populations, organizations, partnerships, systems, and communities. The course
provides students with an overview of the realities, challenges, and requirements of practicing
community oriented primary health care.
HCP 450 Seminar in Health Care Policy 3 Credits
Rider University is uniquely positioned through Global Studies to have access to the nongovernmental
organization United Front against River Blindness (UFAR). It is an Africaninspired,
U.S.-based nonprofit and tax exempt organization. Its primary mission has been to
participate in partnerships with other global health organizations in the elimination of
onchocerciasis (river blindness), as a major public health problem in the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DRC). UFAR was founded and registered in the U.S. in 2004 by Dr. Daniel Shungu,
a former Merck & Co. Inc. employee, who is a Congolese by birth and a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The U.S. office is in Lawrenceville, N.J. and the Congo office is in Kinshasa, DRC. Dr. Roberta
Fiske-Rusciano of Rider University’s Global Studies faculty is a founding UFAR board member
and has hosted Dr. Shungu several times in her course Global Perspectives on Health and Illness.
For the past eleven years UFAR in partnership with several organizations (World Health
Organization, Sightsavers Itl., Merck, DRC coalition group for onchocerciasis, and the DRC
Health Minister, have successfully treated three million (as of 2015) Congolese with Ivermectin
(Mectizan), donated by Merck and Co., Inc. Taken once a year for approximately ten years
prevents infection of river blindness, by interrupting the cycle of the parasite. Because of
UFAR’s continued success in its mission, it has been asked to expand its work to include more
neglected tropical diseases, using the same method of health delivery system: communitydirected
treatment with the appropriate medicament, e.g. Ivermectin. Now that treatments of
other diseases have been added to UFAR’s mission (trachoma, lymphatic filariasis,
shistosomiasis, guinea worm and helminthes infestations), additional medical treatments are
scheduled to be added once these conditions are thoroughly mapped in the population.
HCP 491 Health Care Policy Internship 1-3 Credits
Students will complete an internship that will build on prior work in the HCP major.