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Postgraduate Course: Global Health Challenges: An Introduction (GLHE11006)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents will gain an understanding of the major global challenges facing the health of the world in the 21st century. The course will explore the range of factors determining health outcomes and the ways in which these factors are interconnected and influenced by global political, social, environmental, and economic agendas.
Course description The theories and methods used in understanding and interpreting global health issues, including issues of inequality and inequity in health provision, coverage, and in the determinants that shape health.
The influence of the multiple burdens of disease affecting low, middle and high income countries and their interconnectivity.
The health of those in emergencies, fragile states and humanitarian disasters.
The role of gender in determining health and health outcomes, and civil society's role in delivering and sustaining health.
Climate change, water and food and their different and related impacts on health and well-being.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be responsible for their computer equipment and internet access.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Online Activities 70, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 92 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formal summative written assessment will constitute 70% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities and will constitute 30% of the overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate and apply a critical understanding of some of the drivers of the major global challenges affecting the health of the world's population
  2. Critically assess the principles of global health practice and of the strategies to tackle the global disease burden
  3. Apply extensive and detailed knowledge of how health is impacted by global non-health phenomena
  4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current global health policy and the systems that determine how and why decisions are made
  5. Effectively communicate about the issues and approaches to tackle health challenges to a range of audiences
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
- Understanding of research methodologies
- Understanding of policy documents and reports
- Critical evaluation of Global health policy
- Training to undertake advanced independent research
- Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Skills and abilities in Communication
- Fluency and experience in writing in different styles including essays, technical report, policy documents, briefings)
- Public Engagement skills
- Ability to develop, deliver and contribute to complex arguments

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
- Organise time
- Ability to work alone or as part of a group
- Work to deadline and under pressure
- Professionally produce and edit written material
- Time management, resource allocation and interpersonal skills

Technical/practical skills
- Policy and report analysis
- Ability to evaluate complex problems
- Effective writing and communication through a variety of modalities
Special Arrangements This course will be taught by distance learning, using the virtual learning environment Learn as the delivery platform. Course materials are protected by secure username and password access that will be made available to registered users.
Keywordsglobal health,global challenges
Course organiserDr Evelyn Balsells
Course secretaryMrs Adele Willoughby
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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