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Undergraduate Course: Global Politics of Public Health (IPHP10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the recent transformation in global health governance, exploring the implications of the proliferation of new actors and emergent challenges for the process and content of health policy. The course examines contemporary challenges confronting the World Health Organization, discussing initiatives like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the revised International Health Regulations and ongoing reform efforts as responses to the changing context of global health. Health policy is increasingly influenced by organisations that have been created to promote trade and development, and the course includes of the involvement of the World Bank in global health and the implications for health policy of World Trade Organization agreements. There has been increased involvement of non-state actors in health policy, and the course addresses 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by means of an essay of 2,500-3,000 words (70% of the overall mark) and an oral presentation (30%).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explore the implications of increased institutional pluralism within global health, mapping changes associated with the rise of key new actors
  2. Assess the ability of the World Health Organization to fulfil its mandate
  3. Appraise key initiatives in global health governance, such as the rise of global health partnerships, the WHO Framework Convention on
  4. Assess the increasing significance of the commercial sector and civil society in global health policy
  5. Examine challenges to promoting policy coherence across global health, development and trade agendas
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Note that the first semester course Population Health and Health Policy is a pre-requisite for this course.
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Course organiserDr Anuj Kapilashrami
Tel: (0131 6)50 3939
Course secretaryMiss Natalie Stroud
Tel: (0131 6)51 3162
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