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Postgraduate Course: Global Health: Mortality (EMND11030)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course examines mortality from a global health perspective - how deaths are investigated and how the information forthcoming is published and used.
Course description The course content focusses upon the identification of sources of officially published mortality data, and developing a critical understanding of how these are compiled.

This will enable to students to:

1. To know and understand the main causes of natural and non-natural death and the criteria used to ascertain the manner of death
2. To identify trends and make comparisons between different medico-legal jurisdictions and suggest reasons and explanations for any observed differences
3. To critically understand how mortality data inform an understanding of health and how such data are used within health services.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop, plan and execute a significant piece of research using a range of standard and specialised means of enquiry relating to global mortality.
  2. Undertake critical evaluation of a wide range of numerical data linked to global mortality.
  3. Communicate with peers from a range of audiences, regarding the critical evaluation of a wide range of health - related data, making informed judgements in situations when data is absence, incomplete or unreliable.
  4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in the subject area of global mortality.
Reading List
Much of the focus of this course will be driven through student engagement. Resources will be provided as a starting point from which it is expected that students will begin to develop their own reading lists and share this information with others.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in critical thinking and self-reflection, and in their ability to communicate effectively with others through the emphasis placed upon the discursive aspect of the course.

The course will provide opportunities for students -developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.

Depending on the specific focus of the course as developed by individual student, they can expect to develop their skills in one or more of the graduate skill sets.
Special Arrangements This course will be taught entirely by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment of Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by a secure username and password. These access details are made available to registered users only.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course will be delivered online through Learn.
KeywordsMortality,Global Health,Infectious Diseases
Course organiserDr Tim Squires
Tel: (0131 6)50 3160
Course secretaryMrs Dan Yan
Tel: (131 6)515470
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