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HSC8057 : Global Health

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ted Schrecker
  • Lecturer: Dr Cristina Fernandez-Garcia, Professor Richard Walker, Dr Duika Burges Watson, Dr Mark Booth, Miss Tash Fothergill Misbah
  • 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 detail, 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 (in greater detail)
Neglected tropical diseases
Health challenges and public health responses in Africa
How gender works in global health
Health inequalities in global context

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion561:0056:00Essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture103:0030:00Including interactive lectures, presentations, group work and a formative surgery on the essay
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1141:00114:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
HSC8056Introduction to Global Health
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 challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and to situate those challenges in the context of global inequalities in resource distributions and ‘power asymmetries’. 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.

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 first written assignment, which is also the sole assessment for HSC8056, will test students’ knowledge, understanding and capacity for critical analysis of key issues of 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. The second assignment tests similar abilities 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.

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

Reading Lists