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PU5505: GLOBAL HEALTH (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

This course builds on the learning from the Introduction to Global health course in the first half session. It focusses on the issues that affect the health of all nations of the world, the problems that unite developing and developed countries – the shared risks and vulnerabilities. This is not merely the study of emerging diseases and epidemic threats such as HIV, Ebola and Zika but also the dual burden of over and undernutrition, communicable and non-communicable diseases, the impact of war, conflict and climate change on the health of individuals, nations and world populations.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya
  • Dr Leone Craig

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MSc Applied Economics (Health) (Studied) or MSc Global Health and Management (Studied) or MSc Economics of Health (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 aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of major global health concepts and issues, and the skills to critically appraise these debates. Topics include Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive health, infectious and non-communicable diseases, and environmental influences on global health with specific examples

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 34, 37 - 38

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1500 word Policy brief assignment on a current Global Health challenge 50%

2 online timed MCQ/ Short answer type tests 2x25%


Resit for students taking the course in AY20/21

Oral examination via online platform assessing learning outcomes for the whole course

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the environmental influences such as climate change, conflict and migration on the health of populations
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate the application of knowledge to specific scenarios to devise appropriate solutions to global health challenges
ConceptualEvaluateCritically appraise the global policy responses to current global health challenges
FactualRememberDescribe the global burden of disease in relation to maternal, newborn and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases
FactualRememberDescribe demographic, epidemiologic and nutritional transitions and how each relates to the other

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