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Undergraduate Course: Globalisation and public health (SCPL10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryGlobalisation is fundamentally changing the challenges confronting public health, transforming health risks while simultaneously creating new opportunities. Economic globalisation affects the health status of populations through its impact on wealth creation and wealth distribution within and between countries. In a global economy health risks and the determinants of health are increasingly transnational, while the traditional primacy of the nation state in health policy is being challenged. Public health has traditionally emphasised equity and distributive justice in health and health care, and the increased reliance of governments and international organisations on market forces constitutes a challenge to the normative and conceptual bases of this tradition. This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the key drivers of globalisation and the mechanisms by which it is impacting on public health.
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Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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Learning Outcomes
This course will:
- Examine competing analytical approaches to the nature and significance of globalisation
- Introduce a conceptual framework within which to assess the diverse implications of global change for public health
- Critically assess the impacts of global economic integration on health inequalities
- Consider the effects of globalisation on policy-making, the policy process and the nation state.
- Examine the role of international organisations and key states in promoting the diffusion of liberal trade and economic measures (mechanisms of policy transfer)
- Discuss the impacts of evolving international policy mechanisms on health policy, including the constraints on policy options imposed by agreements under the WTO
- Assess the implications for global health of the expansion strategies of transnational corporations
Provide key case studies in the relationship between global change and human health.
Reading List
Introductory texts:

Kawachi I and Wamala S. eds. (2006) Globalization and Health, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lee K and Collin J. eds (2005) Global Change and Health, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Beaglehole R. ed. (2003) Global public health: a new era. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lee K (2003) Globalization and Health: An Introduction London: Palgrave
Lee K ed (2003) Health Impacts of Globalization: Towards Global Governance London: Palgrave.
McKee M, Garner P and Stott R eds (2001) International co-operation in health Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsGlobalisation, public health, health policy
Course organiserDr Jeff Collin
Tel: (0131 6)51 3961
Course secretaryMrs Louise Angus
Tel: (0131 6)50 3923
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