Health and Globalisation (BACH3128)


The focus of this unit of study is to understand the meaning and impact of globalisation on health. The unit examines social and cultural shifts, technological advancement and their impact on health and disability. It also examines the key drivers of globalisation and features of the shift from international to global health. The unit also aims to provide understanding of both the direct and indirect impact of global changes on health. The direct impact includes shifting disease and disability patterns, emerging infectious disease, shifting behaviour patterns (diet and smoking). The indirect impact includes changes in international trade laws, the role of global governance, the existence of internet 'globalisation' on health and health care service provision and utilisation. The unit analyses health issues such as food security, climate change, infectious disease, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco control from global perspectives.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2-hrs lecture/week Week 1-8, 1hr seminar/week Weeks 1-8, 2hrs presentations / week Weeks 9-13,


Online assessment (MCQ and True/False, 30 mins in week 6) (15%), Presentation (10 mins) (10%), 1000wd literature review (15%), and 1.5 hr exam (60%)


Lee, K. and Collin, J. (eds). Global Change and Health, reprinted 2005, //10:0 333 21848 2/

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Find a non-award course for this unit of study

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

Find a cross-institutional course for this unit of study