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Postgraduate Course: Investing in Global Health and Development (PUHR11054)

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) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryA need for transparent, fair, replicable processes and tools that could be used to direct global health funding, set priorities for investments, monitoring the distribution of funding in real time, and evaluate the impact of those investments, is now greater than ever before. In this course we will present a range of conceptual frameworks and tools that are available for priority setting, monitoring and evaluation of investments in global health and development that could be used by funders, managers, recipients and other stakeholders at the global, regional, national and sub-national level. We will present a number of original solutions to cost-effective investing in global health and development. We will also provide an assessment of the applicability and strengths of several tools developed by groups from the University of Edinburgh and beyond.
Course description Public health is of increasing importance to public policy leaders given its links to economic growth, trade, security, foreign affairs, and social protection. This course aims to prepare MPH graduates for this interaction by exploring the technical, social, political and institutional factors that underpin investing in global health and development. It will incorporate knowledge and views from multiple academic disciplines (public health, epidemiology, political science, international relations, anthropology, economics, sociology) and does not require any background knowledge of health. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations and debates, students will be introduced to the dynamic and complex character of contemporary global health policy. They will also be provided with conceptual and analytical tools for understanding and engaging with the policy process.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 24, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 74 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1500 word policy brief
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Outline what a health system is and the strategies countries use to tackle public health challenges.
  2. Understand the key actors and institutions in the global health system that support country policy.
  3. Describe various technical tools that can be used in setting priorities in global health research and development
  4. Articulate potential policy options to address complex and controversial global health issues drawing on scientific evidence
  5. Engage in effective group discussion, projects and presentations
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KeywordsGlobal health,priority setting,investment,funding
Course organiserDr Igor Rudan
Tel: (0131 6)50 3042
Course secretaryMr Stuart Mallen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3227
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