From women’s empowerment to global epidemiology: here are six in-house courses to consider for the spring semester 2022

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Looking for an interesting course taught by your peers? Here is a list of six open house courses you can take for the spring semester 2022.

The UNICEF Humanitarian Revolution: An Innovative Approach to Social Impact

Taught by Alice Wu, Friedl Bldg 216, Th 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

This home-based course explores how UNICEF is tackling humanitarian and social issues such as child poverty, education, health, gender equality and climate change. Students will further analyze the effectiveness of development and humanitarian efforts.

Students will also interact with professionals involved in humanitarian and social work. Previous guest speakers have included Matt Nash, guest lecturer at the Sanford School of Public Policy; social innovation entrepreneur Kidus Asfaw; and Christian Snoad, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) innovation consultant at UNICEF.

Drug and health policy

Taught by RJ Shah and Ali Jalal, Perkins LINK 088, W 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

The course focuses on the impact of the pharmaceutical industry on health and political spheres. Students will explore a wide range of topics, such as the opioid crisis and bioterrorism, through discussion and conversational activities.

Transforming America’s Healthcare System

Taught by Michael Lee and Samarth Menta, Perkins LINK 070, Tuesday 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This course explores pressing movements in healthcare delivery reform and examines critical U.S. health issues such as the burden of chronic disease, the role of large pharmaceutical companies, and misaligned financial incentives for providers and payers. Students will learn to analyze healthcare through a political lens and understand how ideas manifest in law.

Global epidemiology and the impact of neurological diseases

Taught by Mohanapriya Cumaran, Akhil Bedapudi and Athena Yao, Perkins LINK 085, Tuesday 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

This course helps students understand neurological diseases, their impacts and potential treatments. Some of the conditions the course plunges into include Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, and ADHD. Students will further have the opportunity to engage in current research in neuroscience, faculty and guest lecturers.

Empowering Women at Duke

Taught by Jada Purkett, Gayatri Chintala and Christina Lewis, Perkins LINK 065, M 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This course aims to disseminate the goals and missions of the Baldwin Scholars Program by exploring how women empower and empower themselves on campus. He hopes to inspire students to reassess campus culture and group norms.

Disability Stories: Justice and Activism

Taught by Josee Li, Perkins LINK 065, Wed 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

This course provides students with a deeper understanding of justice, activism and the covenant for people with disabilities through reading, discussion and learning from narrative stories about people with disabilities. Students will experience interactive lectures, group discussions and lectures given by guest speakers. Instructors hope the course will inspire students to become more involved in disability activism on campus.


Ayra Charania

Ayra Charania is a sophomore at Trinity and associate editor of The Chronicle’s 117th volume.


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