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I love teaching and my students tell me that it shows. I believe that every student has the right to the best learning experience that a teacher can offer because university students are adults who have chosen to seek the knowledge and skills to improve their lives and the world around them. From my experience, I have found that to be able to learn, students need to be actively involved in the learning process in a socially enhancing environment, and to apply what they learn to the realities of the world they live in, outside the classroom. It is, therefore, up to the teacher to engage students in this through participatory adult learning which emphasizes the teacher as a facilitator of learning and the student as an active participant. The goals of my teaching are to guide students to develop analytical and critical thinking tools that they can use personally and professionally; sensitize them to use participatory approaches as much as possible and develop an ethical sensibility. This philosophy and these goals guide my teaching in the field of Public Health.

These are some of the courses I currently teach:

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health: HPCH 310 [3credits] Level: graduate:

This course focuses on the social and behavioral influences on health. Students will learn how to challenge the assumptions used in defining, addressing and evaluating health issues. Students will be introduced to a selection of social science theories and how they guide contemporary public health practice and policy. The course also covers the effects of globalization and global environmental issues on health. Throughout the course, students use case studies, apply theory, learn analytical and critical thinking and discuss ethical issues in public health.

Qualitative Health Research: HPCH 334 [2credits] Level: graduate

The course discusses the use of qualitative research skills in health through classroom discussions and applications. Topics include methods of data collection using in-depth interviews and observations, managing and analyzing qualitative data, writing a rigorous account of findings and ethical considerations. To enhance learning, students apply the various stages of research by hands on experiences in a group research of their choice.

Community Health and Development: HPCH 332 [2credits] Level: graduate

In this course, students learn concepts and acquire skills which are necessary for successful community health promotion and development programs. They look critically at current trends of community development practices using relevant literature on development and community organization. Students also investigate alternative approaches necessary to improve on community development practices through applications in the field.



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Poem from a student: Ziad El Ali (Iraqi MD)






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