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Postgraduate Course: Global Health Governance (DIstance Learning) (PGSP11328)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course examines how health policy is increasingly being shaped beyond the level of the nation state, focusing on the changing roles of international organizations, the commercial sector and civil society. Students will explore how the process and content of health policy are being transformed by the powers and policy instruments of international and supranational institutions and new global actors. The course examines contemporary challenges confronting the World Health Organization, considering the extent to which recent innovations like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the revised International Health Regulations embody a new mode of global health governance. It considers the expanded roles of the commercial sector and civil society and the implications of the recent profusion of global health partnerships such as the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
&ˇ Examine challenges confronting the World Health Organization and assess recent attempts at institutional and policy reform
&ˇ Explore the significance of the World Bank&Šs emergence as the leading agency in international health
&ˇ Analyse the implications of the World Trade Organization for health policy
&ˇ Consider the expanded role of commercial actors in health
&ˇ Examine the role of civil society organisations in health policy
&ˇ Critically review global partnerships between public and private sectors in the context of new initiatives to combat infectious disease
&ˇ Assess the increasing significance for public health of regional institutions such as the European Union.

Assessment Information
Assessment will be based on two components:
1) Input to blogs and discussion fora. Students to submit a portfolio of 6 contributions to course discussions, including at least 2 initiated contributions and at least 2 responses to other class members (30%)
2) Written essay of 3,000 words (70%).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week
1 Introduction: Global change and health governance
2 World Health Organization: globalization, crisis & change
3 World Bank and global health
4 WTO, intellectual property and global health
5 Commercial sector and global health governance
6 Regulation & the pharmaceutical industry
7 Global civil society & health
8 Global health partnerships: governance & accountability
9 Health, security and international relations
10 European Union and Public Health
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Indicative reading

&ˇ Kawachi I and Wamala S. eds. (2006) Globalization and Health Oxford: Oxford University Press.
&ˇ Lee K and Collin J. eds (2005) Global Change and Health Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
&ˇ Cooper AF, Kirton J (eds) (2009). Innovation in Global Health Governance. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
&ˇ Cooper AF, Kirton J, Schrecker T (eds) (2007). Governing Global Health. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
&ˇ Beaglehole R, Bonita R (eds). (2009) Global public health: a new era. (2nd ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
&ˇ Labonte R, Schrecker T et al (2007). Towards Health-Equitable Globalisation: Rights Regulation and Redistribution. Final Report to the Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jeff Collin
Tel: (0131 6)51 3961
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