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Postgraduate Course: Global Health Challenges: An Introduction (GLHE11006)

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 descriptionStudents will gain an understanding of the major global challenges facing the health of the world in the 21st century. The course will explore the range of factors determining health outcomes and the ways in which these factors are interconnected and influenced by global political, social, environmental, and economic agendas.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. At the completion of this course students will
Understand the major global challenges affecting the health of the world's population
2. Be cognisant of the principles and practice of global health and understand the reasons for, consequences of and strategies to tackle the global disease burden.

3. Understand how health is affected, impacted, and determined by non health phenomena

4. Have a critical awareness of current global health policy and practice issues, and the systems and structures that determine how and why decisions are made
Assessment Information
Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. This will be a group exercise. The mark will include a group mark and a peer-marked individual mark. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 40% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme
Special Arrangements
This course will be taught by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Moodle as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The theories and methods used in understanding and interpreting global health issues, including issues of inequality and inequity in health provision, coverage, and in the determinants that shape health.
The influence of the multiple burdens of disease affecting low, middle and high income countries and their interconnectivity.
The health of those in emergencies, fragile states and humanitarian disasters.
The role of gender in determining health and health outcomes, and civil society┐s role in delivering and sustaining health.
Climate change, water and food and their different and related impacts on health and well-being.
Transferable skills Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
┐ Understanding of research methodologies
┐ Understanding of policy documents and reports
┐ Critical evaluation of Global health policy
┐ Training to undertake advanced independent research
┐ Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Skills and abilities in Communication
┐ Fluency and experience in writing in different styles including essays, technical report, policy documents, briefings)
┐ Public Engagement skills
┐ Ability to develop, deliver and contribute to complex arguments

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
┐ Organise time
┐ Ability to work alone or as part of a group
┐ Work to deadline and under pressure
┐ Professionally produce and edit written material
┐ Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Technical/practical skills
┐ Policy and report analysis
┐ Ability to evaluate complex problems
┐ Effective writing and communication through a variety of modalities
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsglobal health, global challenges
Course organiserDr Liz Grant
Course secretaryMs Cristina Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)51 4152
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