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HSC8006 : Introduction to Global Health Policy and Medicines Use (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Colin Millard
  • Lecturer: Professor Allyson Pollock, Mr Peter Roderick, Dr Oisín Kavanagh
  • Owning School: Population Health Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Mid module assessment- small group presentations
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials40:302:00Non-synchronous online pre-recorded lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:304:30Present in person interactive teaching session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Present in person interactive teaching session
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
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study741:0074:00N/A
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.

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
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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.

Reading Lists