MSc International Disaster Management
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Community Approaches to Health
|FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
|Available as a free choice unit?
Who gets sick, what disease afflicts them, what treatments are available and what outcome they will have are determined by an interaction of social, political and economic forces. In the past modules, you have learnt about Social determinants of health and the fundamentals of good health systems. This module takes the learning from the previous modules by bringing the ‘community’ - defined both in the broadest and the narrowest sense - at the core of the analysis of health. Why are there regional disparities in certain diseases despite global campaigns to handle them? How are these global campaigns received locally? Why do some of them fail in certain regions? These are some of the questions that this course will answer.
Academically, this module will draw from literatures in sociology of health and illness, medical sociology/anthropology and social psychiatry.
This is a distance learning module and is therefore tailored to the needs of those working in remote locations.
Session 1: “Health for all”– Community Approaches to Health
Session 2: Understanding Community Health
Session 3: Illness Perception and Help Seeking: The Role of Culture
Session 4: Medical Pluralism/ Systems of Medical Knowledge
Session 5: Mental Health and PTSD
Session 6: Diseases in Context
Session 7: Stigma and Discrimination
Session 8: Health Promotion and Behaviour Change
Teaching and learning methods
This is a distance learning course unit. All lectures will be available via Blackboard in a variety of formats. Live sessions will only take place at the convener’s discretion.
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the theoretical underpinnings within sociology and anthropology as they are applied to health and medicine.
- To understand how social, economic and political factors affect health outcomes.
- To engage critically with the role of culture and other non-biomedical models of health and well being.
- Understanding these processes will help in the delivery of health care on local, national and global scene.
- Re-think the concept of community health by locating medicine and medical practices socially.
- Understand the role of culture in the practise of health
- Understand health as a holistic process and engage with other explanations of health and illness.
- Identify the causes of adverse health outcomes.
- Integrate culture and context in planning health initiatives at the community level.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Critical analysis of health and illness
- Locate community health holistically
Formative or Summative
Discussion Board Contributions
Formative and Summative
Formative or Summative
Written feedback on discussion board posts
Written feedback on critical essay
Marmot, M. (2006) ‘ Health in an Unequal World’, The Lancet, 368.
Pilgrim, D. (2005) Key Concepts in mental Health, Sage.
Bilton, T. (2002) Introductory Sociology, chapter 13.
Kleinman, A. (1978) ‘Concepts and a model for the comparison of medical systems as cultural systems’, Social Science and Medicine.
|Independent study hours
Please note that these units are intensive 8-week short courses, predominately independent-study, with no face-to-face learning