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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences : Global Health

Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Global Health (GLHE11044)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis introductory global health course will equip students with an understanding of how the health of the world┐s population has changed over time, how and why it might change in future and what might be done to influence these trajectories. 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. The field of global health is a constantly and rapidly changing one, so the focus of this course is not simply to teach students about current global health priorities but rather to equip them with the skills and knowledge to assess and critically appraise global health evidence so that they can become effective decision-makers.
Course description This introductory global health course will equip students with an understanding of how the health of the world┐s population has changed over time, how and why it might change in future and what might be done to influence these trajectories. 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. The field of global health is a constantly and rapidly changing one, so the focus of this course is not simply to teach students about current global health priorities but rather to equip them with the skills and knowledge to assess and critically appraise global health evidence so that they can become effective decision-makers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are responsible for meeting the cost of their own computer and Internet access.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 03/08/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 35, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %

The course will be assessed through a combination of formal written assessment and online assessment (e.g. reflective blogs, contribution to online discussions, online individual or group activities).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand key global health metrics and their limitations
  2. To understand what these metrics can tell us about how the health of the world's population has changed over time and is projected to change in future
  3. To understand the socio-economic, biological and environmental causes and consequences of disease in different global contexts
  4. To be aware of key approaches to addressing global health challenges in infectious disease, non-communicable disease, maternal and child health and injury and violence
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by online 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.
KeywordsGlobal health
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ruth Mcquillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 9238
Email: Ruth.McQuillan@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Gordon
Tel: (0131 6)50 2679
Email: Sarah.Gordon@ed.ac.uk
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