BSc Public Health (Distance/Blended Learning)

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Global Health Y1

Course unit fact file
Unit code POPH10022
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will explore what we mean by health from a global perspective. We will explore the difference between global and international health including the history and theories that underpin health policies and practice. We will explore alternative approaches to maximise the potential benefit from scientific enquiry, to improve the way in which health care is provided. We will define health and ill-health and understand the underlying principles behind inequalities in health, globally.

Aims

The unit aims to: develop the students’ basic understanding of international health, including understanding the potential benefit from scientific enquiry, to improve the way in which health care is provided globally.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome Students will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding

A1 Understand and apply alternative approaches to maximise the potential benefit from scientific enquiry, to improve the way in which health care is provided, internationally.

A2 Define health and ill-health and understand the underlying principles behind inequalities in health, internationally.

Intellectual skills B1 Identify and evaluate the evidence required for health policy and practice
Practical skills

C1 Find existing sources of evidence relevant to clinical and non-clinical health questions

C2 Be able to critically appraise common research designs and assess the published literature

Transferable skills and personal qualities

D1 Reflect on global health principles and applications

D2 Develop communication skills to implement global health interventions

 

Syllabus

  • Reflect on the history of global health principles and scientific enquiry learning from the past 
  • Demonstrate the difference between global and international health 
  • Evaluate the evidence required for global health policies and practices 
  • Define healthcare and PH systems nationally and internationally 
  • Understand the underlying principles that cause inequalities in health 
  • Understand how health policies and practices can reduce inequalities in health 
  • Understand the equity / inequality trade off 
  • Understand how SDGs were developed from the Millennium Development Goals 
  • Interpret the SDGs through a PH lens 
  • Find existing sources of evidence to understand global health 
  • Evaluate the principles for improving health of global populations 

Teaching and learning methods

The majority of the course will be through elearning which will include required and additional learning, self-tests and discussion boards. There will be 5 webinars that will be recorded to allow synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Formative assessment task Length Feedback method Weighting within unit
Discussion boards N/A Written feedback 0%
Summative assessment task Length Feedback method Weighting within unit
Recorded presentation of a global health topic 10 minutes Written feedback 100%

 

Feedback methods

  • Students will be provided with personalised feedback on their recorded presentation of a global health topic. 
  • Further opportunities for formative feedback (on non-assessed work) will also be provided during the course unit. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 195

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Steph Mitchell Unit coordinator

Additional notes

For every 20 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 200 hours. This time generally includes any contact times (online, recorded and live), but also independent study, work for coursework, and group work. This amount is only a guidance and individual study time will vary. 

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