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Undergraduate Course: Global Public Health: Principles and Practice of Health Improvement (NUST10045)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn a rapidly changing world, health is determined by a wide range of global factors including economic (in)stability, human rights, climate change, poverty and culture. Health improvement lies at the centre of this, where practitioners work with individuals and communities within a context of competing powerful global institutions and often in situations that are directly or indirectly impacted by war, conflict, civil unrest and corruption. Health inequalities and the increasing rise of non-communicable diseases are of increasing global concern and it is now widely recognised that individual health outcomes are a result of factors that are much broader than merely personal health choices and individual behavioural change.
Course description This course will challenge students to understand health improvement within the complex and contested dimensions of global health, giving particular attention to emerging policy debates and the multiple ways in which global issues in health impact on local communities. Students will critically identify current research into a broad range of global health issues and formulate strategies to help tackle specific different health issues in the global arena. Evidence based research from across a variety of different disciplines will be interrogated to help students to explore in greater depth the changing dynamics of global health.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of theories and concepts that underpin the delivery of Public Health in a global context, including theories of globalization.
  2. Critically identify a range of philosophical approaches and principles that relate to global, national and local health care contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of recent research related to global health theory, policy and practice.
  4. Identify a range of international data used within the field of global health and relate these to case studies at a local level.
  5. Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of health care practitioners within the political, economic and cultural map of global health care.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * To be able to critically review ideas and concepts.
* To be able to convey complex information in an accessible way.
* To be able to use a range of IT applications to obtain and present data.
* To be able to exercise autonomy and initiative.
* To be able to work with others to develop thinking.
* To be able to use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions to a range of issues.
KeywordsGlobal Public Health,Nursing,Health Improvement
Course organiserDr Fiona Cuthill
Tel: (0131 6)50 3888
Course secretaryMs Lisa Binder
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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