Module Catalogue

HSC8057 : Global Health

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ted Schrecker
  • Lecturer: Dr Raghu Lingam, Professor Judith Rankin, Professor Richard Walker, Mr Peter Roderick, Professor Mark Pearce
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In this module, students develop a sophisticated understanding of global health issues and challenges, by ‘drilling down’ in great detail, and with specific attention to such topics as globalisation and health; maternal and child health; and health inequalities in global context.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
Globalisation and health
Health challenges and public health responses in Africa
Indicators of maternal and infant mortality and health
Looking beyond survival: Maternal and child health in the Sustainable Development Goals
Primary health care in developing countries
Child health and disability
Mental Health in Disasters and Conflicts: A Global Perspective
Aboriginal health
The human right to health
Health inequalities in global context

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture123:0036:00
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1441:00144:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module aims to provide students with an in depth understanding of main concepts and issues of global health. The interactive lectures, which include case presentations and group work will encourage the students to think critically about the health care challenges faced by resource poor countries. 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 Blackboard, 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
Essay1M402000 words
Essay1M602500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignments will test students’ knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of key issues of global health, by way of an in-depth examination of an issue or topic covered in the module. Students will thus have an opportunity to pursue their own distinctive interests within a rigorous analytical framework.

Reading Lists