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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Global Health (GLHE11002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaGlobal Health Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to provide an overview of key issues, themes and challenges in global health today. The first 2 weeks of the course set the scene. Week one explores what is meant by global health, highlighting the plethora of different organisations influencing the global health agenda and examining different approaches to global health priority-setting. Week two looks at sources of global health data, different approaches to measuring, quantifying and comparing global health issues and the challenges inherent in producing and interpreting global health data. The next four weeks take an epidemiological approach, focusing on the global burden of infectious disease, non-communicable disease, maternal and child health and injury and violence. The final four weeks of the course focus on the cross-cutting issues of health inequity, gender, participation and health systems.

A recurring theme throughout the course is that essentially the same global drivers are responsible for the health risks faced by populations in both high and low/middle income countries. The stark differences in health outcomes in high income compared with middle/low income countries is not primarily a reflection of different risks but of differences in the capacity to prevent or respond to these risks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are responsible for meeting their computing costs.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 09/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this course, students should:
Understand what is meant by global health and how this term has evolved and be aware of some of the key institutions involved in influencing global health policy and outcomes today;
Be familiar with basic statistical and epidemiological terms, be aware of the challenges inherent in producing reliable global health data and be aware of what is meant by the global burden of disease approach;
Understand the characteristics and underlying drivers of key global health challenges in infectious disease, non-communicable disease, maternal and child health and injury and violence.
Understand what is meant by health inequity and the social determinants of health and appreciate the central importance of acting on health inequity in order to meet global health goals.
Be aware of the impact of gender on health outcomes across the life course and of approaches to analysing and understanding the impact of gender on health outcomes.
Be familiar with the concept of participation in the context of health and healthcare and understand the role of civil society organisations in influencing health and healthcare policy and outcomes in different global settings.
Understand what is meant by a health system and appreciate the ways in which acting on health systems can bring about health improvement.

Assessment Information
Formal written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment throughout the course will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade.
Special Arrangements
This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Keywordsglobal health, public health
Course organiserDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152
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