Module Catalogue

HSC8056 : Introduction to Global Health

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ted Schrecker
  • Lecturer: Dr Duika Burges Watson, Professor Richard Walker, Dr Heather Brown, Professor Judith Rankin, Mr Peter Roderick
  • 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, focusing mainly on developing countries. The module will present the challenges and opportunities in dealing with health and health care in the context of resource poor countries, whilst also interrogating the reasons that some settings are 'resource-poor' and others not. It will take an interdisciplinary approach and will utilize various perspectives including epidemiology, anthropology, clinical medicine, law and political science. Various cases from low and middle income countries will be presented. Students will be introduced to key issues and topics in global health, including the expanding range of actors in today's increasingly complicated global health policy landscape.

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Introduction to global health: Issues and concepts
Key actors in global health
The World Health Organisation
The double burden of disease
Health challenges and public health responses in Africa
Women's health in global perspective
Health systems: an international perspective
Critical writing about global health
Global health in the Anthropocene: Global environmental change

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 by way of a critical ‘compare and contrast’ assessment of two academic articles that instantiate different perspectives on a global health policy topic.

Reading Lists