Module Catalogue

HSC8056 : Introduction to Global Health

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Laura Ternent
  • Lecturer: Dr Balsam Ahmad, Dr Niina Kolehmainen, Ms Jenni Hislop, Dr Raghu Lingam, Dr Papreen Nahar, Prof. Judith Rankin
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of current issues of global health. The module will give an overview of the challenges in dealing with health and health care globally and in particular the context of resource poor countries. The module will take an interdisciplinary approach and will utilize various fields of knowledge including epidemiology, anthropology, and political science to understand global health problems. Various cases from low and middle income countries will be presented. The students will also learn how with increased globalization the health of developed and developing world is interconnected.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide an introduction and broad overview of the following topics:

Introduction to global health
Globalization and health
Role of culture in global health
Primary health care in developing countries
Health financing and Health economics and global health
Maternal health
Key actors in global health
Case studies from low and middle income countries.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture63:0018:00
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study721:0072:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The anticipated number of students and the nature of the learning and skills objectives indicate that a participative approach to teaching and learning, with ample time for discussion, is more appropriate than formal lectures. The emphasis is on interactive lectures and presentations of case studies from developing countries as the main mode of delivery in order to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the basic concepts and issues of global health.

In lectures to develop and practice the skills of critical analysis, there will be directed group work, during which the students will be given specific tasks to present and discuss particular questions about global health.

To bring all the students to a similar level of comprehension, students will be asked to read and prepare prior to the face to face lecture sessions. Learning materials will be made available in advance of lectures using the Blackboard learning platform, and it will be expected that students have done the required preparatory work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment will test students’ knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of key issues of global health. Students will apply their learning in order to critically analyse the influence of culture, gender and poverty on health and access to health care using a case study within a developing country.

Reading Lists