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Postgraduate Course: Global Health Governance (DIstance Learning) (PGSP11328)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political 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 examines how health policy is increasingly being shaped beyond the level of the nation state, focusing on the changing roles of international organizations, the commercial sector and civil society. Students will explore how the process and content of health policy are being transformed by the powers and policy instruments of international and supranational institutions and new global actors. The course examines contemporary challenges confronting the World Health Organization, considering the extent to which recent innovations like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the revised International Health Regulations embody a new mode of global health governance. It considers the expanded roles of the commercial sector and civil society and the implications of the recent profusion of global health partnerships such as the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
Course description Week
1 Introduction: Global change and health governance
2 World Health Organization: globalization, crisis & change
3 World Bank and global health
4 WTO, intellectual property and global health
5 Commercial sector and global health governance
6 Regulation & the pharmaceutical industry
7 Global civil society & health
8 Global health partnerships: governance & accountability
9 Health, security and international relations
10 European Union and Public Health
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:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on two components:
1) Essay of 3,000 words (70%) based on a selection of essay questions which change annually.
2) Commentary (30%) Produce a commentary of not more than 1,000 words reflecting upon either a key challenge in global health governance or a recent policy development.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Examine challenges confronting the World Health Organization and assess recent attempts at institutional and policy reform. Explore the significance of the World Bank's emergence as the leading agency in international health.
  2. Assess the increasing significance for public health of regional institutions such as the European Union.
  3. Analyse the implications of the World Trade Organization for health policy and consider the expanded role of commercial actors in health.
  4. Examine the role of civil society organisations in health policy.
  5. Critically review global partnerships between public and private sectors in the context of new initiatives to combat infectious disease.
Reading List
Indicative reading

Kawachi I and Wamala S. eds. (2006) Globalization and Health Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lee K and Collin J. eds (2005) Global Change and Health Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Cooper AF, Kirton J (eds) (2009). Innovation in Global Health Governance. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
Cooper AF, Kirton J, Schrecker T (eds) (2007). Governing Global Health. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
Beaglehole R, Bonita R (eds). (2009) Global public health: a new era. (2nd ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Labonte R, Schrecker T et al (2007). Towards Health-Equitable Globalisation: Rights Regulation and Redistribution. Final Report to the Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

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Course organiserDr Jeff Collin
Tel: (0131 6)51 3961
Course secretaryMs Maria Brichs
Tel: (0131 6)51 3205
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