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Postgraduate Course: International Public Health Law & Security (LAWS11182)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis module is designed to consider legal and ethical challenges around public health, at each of the national, regional and international levels. It is less concerned with the nature and scope of the individual doctor/patient relationship and more concerned with community or communitarian considerations, such as protecting and promoting public health, responding to global threats to health, facilitating and governing research in the public interest, and balancing private and public interests within the dominant human rights paradigm which has taken on global significance in recent years. The module comprises 10 sessions, divided over five major themes: I. Public Health Law & Policy; II. Public Health Determinants and Responses; III. New Public Health Tools & Privacy; IV. Public Health Aspects of Medical Research; and V. Public Health and Commercialisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.

Print consumables (paper and ink) would be recommended to provide hard copy of some on screen text and materials (e.g. articles).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease contact the distance learning team at
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. investigate the basic social and legal concepts and mechanisms that shape the public health discourse and public health itself;
2. define core concepts such as human wellbeing, development, security, confidentiality, anonymisation, commercialisation, and more; and
3. consider the role of public health measures as compared to more well-rehearsed principles applicable in the medical (clinical) context;
4. form an understanding of the interplay between public health, human rights, development, commerce and security.

Assessment Information
One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%). Requirements for all module assessment will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Special Arrangements
This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. The International Public Health Environment
2. Public Health and Responsive Medicine - Risks and Measures
3. Public Health and Preventative Medicine - Objectives and Politics
4. Public Health and Crises - Emergencies and Security
5. Bio-informatics & Biometrics
6. International Sharing Arrangements and Data Protection
7. Biobanks
8. Regulation of Medical Research in European and the US
9. Clinical Research and Developing Countries
10.Commercialisation of Public Health Research
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsMedical Law Public Health International
Course organiserMr Shawn Harmon
Tel: (0131 6)51 4267
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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