BSc Global Health (intercalated)

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Diseases in Developing Countries

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI30042
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit consists of a series of lectures and case discussions that look at system construction and then consider the primary disease groups; infectious disease, injury/trauma and chronic non-communicable diseases in the environment.
A variety of system approaches to providing health care in resource constrained environments and the diversification of professional skills is reviewed, specifically considering the balance of care provision against clinical risk. Applying this knowledge, each of the primary disease groups is considered in the context of health system capability, system design and capacity balanced against risk.


HCRI30042 is available only to Global Health students.

Pre: Introduction to Global Health, War Migration and Health

Co: Research Methodology in Global Health


Provide the students with an understanding of the differences that the level of health system development and maturity together with capacity have on the management of disease processes that are found in all communities.

Knowledge and understanding

- appreciate the constraints in terms of scope of delivery in developing health systems.
- understand the burden of and approach to infectious disease management in a developing country health system.
- understand the burden of injury and trauma care in a developing system and outline the system requirements for a structured approach to service improvement.
- understand the modifications required for the care of chronic disease in a resource constrained and immature health system.

Intellectual skills

- explore and describe the realities of health care delivery in the global health environment through examination of illustrative case studies
- critically reflect and evaluate the impact of health system design on a health economy
- identify policy approaches to improving service delivery and critically appraise the approaches
- with reference to examples, be able to describe the possible implications from implementing system change and the difficulties of measuring this
- critically review the clinical risks of care provider diversification and describe options to mitigate this risk

Practical skills

- plan, research and execute an analysis of a health system change
- perform a clinical risk assessment in the context of health system change

Transferable skills and personal qualities

- analyse and evaluate health policy and programme implementation
- health profiling and analysis
- critical appraisal of change process

Assessment methods

Health system case-study / workshop  25%
Essay 75%


Feedback methods

Written feedback.

One to one feedback in person.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Darren Walter Unit coordinator

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