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Postgraduate Course: International public health law & ethics (LAWS11340)

This course will be closed from 31 July 2018

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe primary function of this module is to gain a solid grounding in the fundamental elements of public health, the social pursuits which impact on public health, and the primary international institutions which administer public health programmes and/or respond to public health needs, and to explore the relationship(s) between commerce, conflict, contagion and health.

This 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.
Course description Session Titles:

Session 1 - International Public Health Environment
Session 2 - Public Health Law and Ethics
Session 3 - Public Health Determinants
Session 4 - Public Health and Personal Data
Session 5 - Public Health and Mental Health
Session 6 - Public Health and HIV/AIDS
Session 7 - Public Health and Influenza
Session 8 - Public Health and Smoking
Session 9 - Public Health Research: Biobanking
Session 10 - Public Health Research: Clinical Trials
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 must have regular and reliable access to the internet
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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 assessments will be outlined to students at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students can expect to receive timely feedback on their assessments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. articulate and comment critically on the fundamental legal and ethical principles, and the political limitations, that inform and influence modern public health;
  2. critically evaluate the role of international institutions on the realisation of public health, both domestically and internationally; and
  3. effectively assess current systems of healthcare promotion and protection and the limitations and challenges they face, including human competition and conflict.
Reading List
A list of key module readings will be available in advance of the module. Detailed reading lists are then available each week.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:
1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the module, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another¿s arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online distance learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online distance learning.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Shawn Harmon
Tel: (0131 6)51 4267
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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