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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
david.toole@duke.edu

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David Toole

Summary

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.

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Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
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:
GLHLTH 303
UG Only FALL 2016 MAJOR: Foundations – Policy
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Focused Study
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:
GLHLTH 303
UG Only FALL 2015 MAJOR: Foundations – Policy
MINOR: Elective
MAJOR: Focused Study
Organized Compassion

nAlthough charity was historically a part of everyday life, it was not a central part of organized society. Today, however, from the UN agencies to CARE and countless other NGOs, %u201Cthere exists an international humanitarian order.%u201D This course will introduce students to this institutional organization of compassion, while at the same time exploring the %u201Crevolution of moral sentiments%u201D and theology that brought these institutions into being and sustains them. As Barnett says: %u201CIt is impossible to study humanitarianism without being impressed by the importance of religion [as it has been] critical to the origins of humanitarianism and continue to influence its unfolding.%u201D

Course Notes:
GLHLTH 541S
UG/GRAD FALL 2015 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective
MSC: Elective