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Postgraduate Course: Global Public Health: a critical approach to health improvement (online) (NUST11105)

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 aims to support students to develop a critical appraisal of the theories of health improvement within a global context including the social, political, cultural and economic factors that influence the health of individuals and communities.

This course will be almost exactly the same as our current successful on-campus course, Global Public Health: a critical approach to health improvement, but the online version will enable students to take a global public health course in their suite of option courses for our new MSc Advanced Nursing online programme (begins first delivery September 2022).
Course description This 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 is supported by a variety of case-studies from around the world.

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 be fully delivered online through a combination of live online lectures, pre-recorded videos and a range of other online material as part of the teaching and learning strategy. Learning can be greatly enhanced through interaction with peers and many of our classes will include online 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 a 1 hour weekly online live lectures with a supporting programme of weekly online seminars held in smaller groups. There is a prescribed list of required reading to prepare in advance for the online live based sessions. There is also one online live presentation group 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
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% Individual presentation (10 minutes)
70% Written assignment (2,500 words)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of theories and concepts that underpin the delivery of public health in a global context, including theories of globalisation;
  2. Critically identify a range of philosophical approaches and principles that relate to global, national and local health are 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.
Reading List
Detels, Roger et al. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health / Edited by Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Chorh Chuan Tan. Sixth edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Print.

Murthy, Padmini, and Amy Ansehl. Technology and Global Public Health / Padmini Murthy, Amy Ansehl, Editors. 1st ed. 2020. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020. Web.

Pinkerton, Kent Ed, and William N. Rom. Climate Change and Global Public Health / Kent E. Pinkerton, William N. Rom, Editors. Second edition. Cham, Switzerland: Humana Press, 2021. Web.

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 formats suitable for different audiences;
4. Oral presentation skills;
5. Communicate appropriately with peers and academic staff;
6. Undertake a critical evaluation of a wide range of data (numerical and graphic);
7. Take responsibility for their own learning;
8. Digital communication skills.
Course organiserDr Larry Doi
Tel: (0131 6)51 1597
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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