HSC8008 : Global Health Policy and Medicine Use

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will take a public health and social science perspective to understand global health policy and regulation related to medicine use. It will enable students to describe and understand the global drug supply chain and the role of WHO and national governments in promoting rational medicines and the numerous barriers to access to safe, rational 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 ensuring that medicines are safe and effective
•       National and global pharmacovigilance systems
•       Barriers to access to essential and rational medicines
•       Social and Cultural Aspects of Medical Technologies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:4521:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00End of module assessment - essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Mid module assessment - small group presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching120:459:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1501:00150:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
HSC8006Introduction to Global Health Policy and Medicines 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, and medical technologies. This will be achieved through case studies in the lectures which demonstrate each weeks topic. The lectures will be interactive and students will be encouraged to actively engage with the lecture 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 lecture will be made available on the VLE and students will be expected to have read these. Each week’s lecture will be accompanied by a one hour small group teaching session where the students will have the opportunity to explore in detail an area related to the lecture topic.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M802,500 word maximum
Oral Examination2M20Small group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The small group presentation will involve a presentation in groups of 2 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. This will be peer assessed, 20% students and 80% module leader.

The essay will be submitted at the end of the module and 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