MSc Global Health / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This module will explore the evidence-based assessment of health risks. Common health determinants will be discussed along with the methods underlying their assessment in order to support mitigation actions. Basic epidemiology methods of risk factor identification including ecological, cross-sectional case control and cohort studies will provide specific examples of health-based risk assessments for water-borne and cardiovascular disease.
Alternative social science data gathering methods will then be discussed to provide an alternative to typical epidemiological studies. These methods may be necessary due to time, expertise or financial constraints on local health practitioners. These alternative data gathering methods include interviews, focus groups, surveys/questionnaires and case studies. Subjective assessments and estimation will also be discussed as methods used to predict health risks and risk factors. Basic techniques to limit error in subjective assessments will also be taught in order to improve the validity of data gathered through interviews and focus groups. The connection between health risk identification and intervention will then be explored using case study examples of water sanitation in post-earthquake Haiti and non-communicable disease in sub-Saharan Africa.
- This unit aims to develop an understanding of epidemiological risk and the associated factors that affect health in the developing world.
- Health assessment tools will also be taught to provide practical guidance concerning the way to incorporate basic health-risk data.
Knowledge and understanding
- Describe basic epidemiology practice
- Compare and use of relative risk and attributable risk
- Define risk factors and their effect on different health risks
- Identify psychological limitations to assessing risk
- Undertake Health risk assessments
- Perform Risk mitigation analysis
- Assess risk factors for different locations
- Develop mitigation plans according to identified risk factors
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Use persuasive writing
- Apply risk communication for health threats
- ¿ Use persuasive writing ¿ Apply risk communication for health threats
Essay - 70%
Reflective Piece - 20%
Contribution to Course Discussion Board - 10%
Formative or Summative
Comments on contributions to discussion boards from peers and staff. Also feedback and answering questions via email.
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LOPEZ, A. D., MATHERS, C. D., EZZATI, M., JAMISON, D. T. & MURRAY, C. J. 2006. Global burden of disease and risk factors [Online]. The World Bank. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11812/ [Accessed 11/9/ 2018].
TROCHIM, W. nd. Research Methods Knowledge Database [Online]. Available: http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/ [Accessed 11/9/ 2018].
|Ayham Fattoum||Unit coordinator|
Please note that these units are intensive 8-week short courses, predominately independent-study, with no face-to-face learning