PIH Global Health Curriculum

Use these readings with the accompanying discussion guides and/or lesson plans to guide your team to a greater understanding of the mission, work, and philosophy of Partners In Health, as well as a look into the history of the global health field.

How to use the Curriculum

Download Complete Curriculum

Mission and Values of Partners In Health

History and Values of Partners In Health: Explore the history and values of PIH in order to contextualize how advocates and activists advance PIH’s Mission.
Reading: PIH Change Narrative 1984-2010, Ophelia Dahl

Structural Violence: Addressing the Root of Illness: Gain a foundational understanding of liberation theology and how it calls us to respond to the political, cultural, and economic histories that shape the health of the poor.
Reading: Health, Healing, and Social Justice, p. 379-394, from Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer

A Social Justice Approach to Global Health: To deepen commitment to the social justice approach to health care delivery and to inspire action in accordance with this model to advance the human right to health.
Reading: Health, Healing, and Social Justice, p. 394-402, from Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer

The Right to Health Movement: By exploring the history of the health equity movement, inspire a to commitment to participating in the Right to Health Movement.
Reading: A Movement for Global Health Equity, p. 340-353, from Reimagining Global Health, Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, and Matt Basilico

Leadership and Organization in the Movement for the Right to Health: Grasp the magnitude of a social movement and contextualize the actions of PIH Engage in the movement for the right to health.
Reading: Leading Change: Leadership, Organization, and Social Movements, p. 1-8 and 33-38, Marshall Ganz

The PIH Approach to Health Care Delivery: Our Role to Echo, Amplify, & Advocate

From Theory to Practice: Four Social Theories for Global Health: Apply four important social theories to global health problems, allowing team members to contextualize their advocacy and fundraising efforts.
Reading: The Art of Medicine: four social theories for global health, Arthur Kleinman

Health Care Delivery: Staff, Stuff, Systems: Dissect this important framework for health care delivery and understand the importance of integrating and coordinating care between community-based care, clinics, and hospitals.
Reading: Redefining global health-care delivery, by Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Michael Porter

Horizontal vs. Vertical: Challenges in Approaches to Global Health: Explore vertical, horizontal, and diagonal approaches to global health care delivery and how to overcome some of the main barriers.
Reading: Mass campaigns versus general health services: what have we learnt in 40 years about vertical versus horizontal approaches?, Anne Mills

Scaling Up in Global Health: Bridging the “Know-Do” Gap: Understand PIH’s approach to scaling up global health delivery and explore ways to bridge the “know-do” gap.
Reading: Chronic Infectious Disease and the Future of Health Care Delivery, Paul Farmer

Ethical Global Health Research: Grasp the importance of transferring skills and building local capacity when conducting research in low-income countries.
Reading: Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health Collaborations, Chu et al.

Case Studies: Contextualizing with History

MDR-TB: Redefining Health Care Delivery: Use PIH’s fight for treatment of MDR-TB in settings of poverty as a case study to redefine what it means to deliver health care and conduct equitable research interventions alongside the poor.
Reading: Optimism and Pessimism in Tuberculosis Control: Lessons from Rural Haiti, from Partner to the Poor, Paul Farmer

The AIDS Epidemic Launches Global Health: Investigate how the AIDS epidemic launched the field of Global Health and encourage students to consider how they can utilize their skills to contribute to this new sector.
Reading: Re-Defining the Possible: The Global Aids Movement, p. 111-121, from Reimagining Global Health, Paul Farmer, Jim Kim, Arthur Kleinman, Matt Basilico

Activists and the Success of PEPFAR: Understand how strategic advocacy efforts contributed to the passage of PEPFAR and how this set the stage for massive advancements in the right to health movement.
Reading: Redefining the Possible: The Global AIDS Response, p. 121-131, from Reimagining Global Health, Paul Farmer, Jim Kim, Arthur Kleinman, Matt Basilico

Structural Violence in High-Income Countries: Question what it means to work in global health and how the actions of PIH Engage can work to advance health equity in the United States and other high-income countries.
Reading: Life at the Top in America Isn’t Just Better, It’s Longer, Janny Scott

Global Health Financing: The Need for Advocacy: Understand the deep-seated challenges in global health financing and the need for advocacy in securing a large-scale financing mechanism by exploring the history of key institutions funding global health.
Reading: Blind Spot, Bretton Woods to Bamako, Salmaan Keshavjee, p. 85-99