Postgraduate Course: Public Health Systems in High, Low and Middle Income Countries (BIME11163)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will review differences in provision of healthcare services across the globe and it will consider the requirements for structured capacity building and strengthening of health systems.
During the five-week delivery of this course we will consider the role and remit of health systems. This will include the role of primary health care in access to the health systems, disease surveillance and control.
Thereafter, we consider primary care, hospital care and long-term care, with a review of the implications of private versus public funding for health care.
The impact of donor funding on health programmes is a central theme, and we will explore the differences in vertical and central approaches.
The course will be delivered using the online Blackboard virtual learning environment with a combination of course materials and discussion boards.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 25,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Summative assessment consists of written elements, worth 60% of the total mark, and an online element worth 40%. In both cases, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually within 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.
Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the roles and remit of public health systems across a range of settings.
- Draw from, and apply knowledge, from a range of discipline specific resources to identify the challenge of health inequality and the prioritisation of funding in health systems.
- Communicate, with peers from a range of audiences, with clarity regarding the critical evaluation of a wide range of health-related data.
- Identify, conceptualise and define the requirements of a health system, within a specific setting.
- Critically review the work of others, and reflect upon how this might influence their own understanding of the topic.
|Students will be provided with a range of relevant resources and key references. Access to the University of Edinburgh online library encourages self-directed research around this subject area.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Online discussion with tutors and peers will develop confidence in communicating with others and the skills to engage in high level academic discourse.
The independent study aspect of the course will enhance the student's abilities in time-management and self-motivation.
Students are encouraged to use their personal and intellectual autonomy to evaluate ideas, evidence and experience from an open minded and reasoned perspective.
||Access to computer / internet
|Keywords||Health Systems,Global health,Infectious diseases
|Course organiser||Dr Iris Bosa
Tel: (0131 6)51 3025
|Course secretary||Mrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470