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PU5505: GLOBAL HEALTH (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

We live in an increasingly globalised world where information is shared more widely than ever before. To what extent can we trust the available data? How can we determine their integrity, plausibility and validity, particularly when decisions need to be made on available evidence? This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of global health and the skills to critically appraise the debates. With sessions from leading professionals and practitioners, students learn about established and emerging topics in global health, how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors, and how research can make credible contributions in this context.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MSc Applied Economics (Health) (Studied) or MSc Global Health and Management (Studied) or MSc Economics of Health (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PU5502 International Health (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The overall aim is to encourage students to consider health issues in multidimensional, global terms. At the end of the course, students should be able to:

• Describe what global health is and how it is defined.

• Describe and critically reflect on the historical context of global health and development.

• Describe and critically reflect on the Millennium Development Goals.

• Describe and critically reflect on the post-2015 landscape as it is relevant to global health.

• Understand established and emerging global health priorities and public health responses.

• Demonstrate an appreciation of a holistic view of health and illness in resource-poor settings and/or among disadvantaged and vulnerable groups

Topics include poverty and hunger, gender and health, sexual and reproductive health, infectious and non-communicable diseases, disability and mental health, and health care for unstable populations, humanitarian crises and in conflict settings. Students will also be introduced to the broader health and development landscape and contemporary debates situating global health relative to the post-2015 development discourse, the social determinants of health paradigm, the environment and climate change, and human rights and social justice.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Applied Economics (Health)
  • MSc Economics of Health
  • MSc Global Health and Management

Contact Teaching Time

48 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment of this course will be continuous assessment and an exam: Essay 50% Presentation 0% Final written exam 50%

Formative Assessment




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