Module Catalogue 2022/23

HSC8006 : Introduction to Global Health Policy and Medicines Use

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Colin Millard
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Ashton, Professor Allyson Pollock, Mr Peter Roderick
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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The aim of this module is to develop an in depth knowledge of a range of issues concerned with access to safe effective and appropriate medicines. Particular attention will be given to the role of the WHO and national governments in promoting rational medicines and access to safe and affordable medicines.

Outline Of Syllabus

•WHO's approach to governing safe and rational access to medicines
•International and national regulatory apparatuses
•The global drug development and supply chain
•The role of clinical trials in protecting patients before and after the drugs have entered the market place
•Barriers to access to essential and rational medicines

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to:

•Explain in depth the drug approval systems at a country level and the global drugs supply chain
•Compare how political, social, economic and cultural factors interact with scientific knowledge, research and practice
•Describe in detail the role of the clinical trials in ensuring safety and efficiency, and their strengths and weaknesses

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

• Identify and analyse barriers to access to medicines in different countries and settings from a public
health perspective
•Summarise and critique the role of WHO and the Essential Medicines List in promoting rational drug use

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Present in person: Interactive teaching session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:304:30Present in person: Interactive teaching session
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00Non-synchronous online pre-recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Mid module assessment- small group presentations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00End of module assessment- essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion641:0064:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Present in person: Discussion and group work
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion41:004:00Online Discussion Groups
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Present in person: Week1-introduction to the module-interactive talk
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
HSC8008Global Health Policy and Medicine Use
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The aim of the module is to develop student knowledge related to a range of issues concerned with the access to safe, effective and appropriate medicines. This will be achieved through a flexible learning approach using case studies delivered in the scheduled teaching activities. All The scheduled teaching activities lectures will be interactive and students will be encouraged to actively engage with the course material. Question prompts will be used. Small group discussion and exercises will be used with the aim of developing the required analytical skills related to identifying barriers to access. Key readings for each week's sessions will be made available on the VLE and students will be expected to have read these.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 word maximum
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MSmall group presentation - 15 minutes. Present in person.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative small group mid-term presentation will involve a presentation in groups of 3 on material from the first half of the module. This will allow the students to critically engage with the course material, and develop group work and presentation skills. The essay at the end of the module will require the students to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the course material and show that they are able to critically engage with the topic.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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