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Postgraduate Course: Global Public Health: A critical approach to health improvement (NUST11087)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables students who have an interest in Public Health to critically analyse the global factors that influence health care delivery and to explore how these influence health improvement at both a local community and also an individual level. Theoretical input will be supported by a variety of case-studies from around the world.

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 analyse current research into a broad range of global health issues and formulate strategies to help tackle specific 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.

Teaching is supported by a variety of guest speakers who have expertise in particular areas. Course content will primarily be delivered through classroom based sessions as a part of the teaching and learning strategy. It is recognised that students all learn using different learning styles and, with this in mind, a wide variety of teaching material will be used that includes written, visual and auditory styles. Learning can be greatly enhanced through interaction with peers and many of our classes will include discussion groups or group activities. Students are encouraged to participate in all of the different types of learning activities in order to get the most out of this course.
The course has a programme of one-2 hour weekly classroom based session with a supporting programme of occasional seminars held in smaller tutorial groups; there is a prescribed list of required reading to prepare in advance for the classroom based session. There is also one group presentation that all students are required to attend in week 9.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative:
250 word project outline

30% individual 10 minute oral presentation
70% individual written course paper of 2,500 words
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on a 250 word project outline

Summative feedback on a course paper to be given via LEARN.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse a range of theories and concepts that underpin the delivery of Public Health in a global context, including theories of globalisation.
  2. Critically appraise a range of health promotion philosophies, principles and theory within a global, national and local context.
  3. Taking a sociological approach, critically analyse the distribution of power in the global health arena and consider the implications of this for both individuals and communities.
  4. Evaluate critically a range of international data used within the field of global health and relate these to case studies at a local level.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the roles and responsibilities of health care practitioners within the political, economic and cultural map of global health care.
Reading List
Beaglehole, R. R., & Bonita, R. R. (2009). Global public health [electronic resource] : a new era. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Benatar, S., & Brock, G. (2011). Global Health and Global Health Ethics [electronic resource] / Edited by Solomon Benatar, Gillian Brock. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Blaxter, M. (2010). Health / Mildred Blaxter. Cambridge : Polity.

Chari, S., & Corbridge, S. (2008). The development reader / edited by Sharad Chari and Stuart Corbridge. London ; New York : Routledge.
Davies, S. (2009). Global politics of health / Sara E. Davies. Cambridge : Polity.

De Maio, F. (2014). Global health inequities : a sociological perspective / by Fernando De Maio. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.

Ehiri, J. (2009). Maternal and child health [electronic resource] : global challenges, programs, and policies / John Ehiri, editor ; foreword by Paul Garner. New York : Springer-Verlag.

Farmer, P., Kim, J., Kleinman, A., & Basilico, M. (2013). Reimagining global health [electronic resource] : an introduction / [edited by] Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, Matthew Basilico. Berkerley ; London : University of California Press.

Lechner, F. J., & Boli, J. (2008). The globalization reader / edited by Frank J. Lechner, John Boli. Malden, Mass. ; Oxford : Blackwell, 2008.

Lenard, P., & Straehle, C. (2012). Health inequalities and global justice / edited by Patti Lenard and Christine Straehle. [Edinburgh] : Edinburgh University Press, [2012].

McQueen, D. V. (2013). Global handbook on noncommunicable diseases and health promotion [electronic resource] / David V. McQueen, editor. New York, NY : Springer.

Patel, V., Minas, I. H., Cohen, A., & Prince, M. (2014). Global mental health : [electronic resource] : principles and practice / edited by Vikram Patel, Harry Minas, Alex Cohen, Martin J. Prince. New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Skolnik, R. L. (2008). Essentials of global health / Richard Skolnik. Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Critically analyse complex issues and relate these to health care contexts.
2. Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations of incomplete data/information.
3. Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences.
4. Communicate appropriately with peers and academic staff.
5. Undertake a critical evaluation of a wide range of data (numerical and graphic).
6. Take responsibility for their own learning.
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Course organiserDr Larry Doi
Tel: (0131 6)51 1597
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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