HSC8056 : Introduction to Global Health

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of current global health issues, focusing mainly on developing countries and on the expanding range of actors in today's increasingly complicated health policy landscape. The module presents 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, and political science.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will provide an introduction and broad overview of these topics:

•       Introduction to global health: Issues and concepts
•       Key actors in global health
•       The World Health Organization
•       The Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals
•       The double burden of disease
•       Health challenges and public health responses in Africa
•       Women’s health in global perspective
•       Key information sources in global health
•       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 completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture53:0015:00Including interactive lectures, presentations, group work and a formative surgery on the essay
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study651:0065:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
HSC8057Global Health
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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. 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 maximum
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment will test students' knowledge, understanding and capacity for critical analysis of key issues in global health by way of a structured question that requires substantial reference to relevant scientific literature and demands critical thinking skills that emphasise contrasting perspectives on one or more global health issues of contemporary concern.

A formative 'surgery' will be held on the essay assignment.

Reading Lists