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David Toole

Associate Professor of the Practice, Theology, Ethics and Global Health
Associate Dean for Global Health Initiatives
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Global Health
Divinity School

Trent 238
(919) 660-3475

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David Toole


Professor Toole has a joint appointment in the Divinity School, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Duke Global Health Institute. He teaches courses on theology and social science, the history and ethics of humanitarianism, and health systems and policy, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His current research centers on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems, with a particular focus on the countries of the Nile River Basin in eastern Africa. He is the author of Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo: Theological Reflections on Nihilism, Tragedy, and Apocalypse. In addition to his teaching and his research on hospitals and health systems, he serves as the associate dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives in the Divinity School and is the principal investigator of the Clergy Health Initiative.



Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Fundamentals of Global Health

Introduction to global health issues and challenges. Develop an understanding of key concepts, tools, and frameworks essential for continued study in global health. Focus on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, health policy and actors, and challenges of global health interventions. Explore the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks of the natural sciences, social-behavioral sciences, humanities, and policy. Consists of lecture and learning labs, intensive small group discussion, and global health case analyses. Intended for undergraduates.

Course Notes:
UG Only SPRING 2017 MAJOR: Core - Fundamentals
MINOR: Fundamentals
Global Health Systems and Policy

Introduces global health systems and policy in four modules: 1.Globalization; 2. Health; 3. Systems; 4. Policy. Draws on faculty from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, economics, history, medicine, political science, and sociology, to situate the concept and practice of "global health" within these four broad themes. Provides an understanding of variations in health systems around the world and of current issues in global health policy, including the political economies of health care, decision-making processes, governance structures, and the resource-constrained realities of global health policy-making.

Course Notes:
UG Only FALL 2016 MAJOR: Foundations - Policy
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Focused Study