Health and Globalisation (BACH3128)


The focus of this unit of study is on the meaning of globalisation and its impact on health. It examines social and cultural shifts and technological advancement and their impact on health and disability. The unit 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 biopsychosocial aspects of health. The direct impact includes shifting disease, disability and behaviour patterns. The indirect impacts include those of international trade laws, global governance, the advancement of medical technology and internet 'globalisation' on health care service delivery and professional practices. The unit analyses global health challenges such as disability inclusive development, humanitarian crisis, food security, climate change, C&NCDs, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco control from global perspectives.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week for Wk 1-13


Online assessment (MCQ and True/False, 30 mins in week 6) (20%), Presentation (10 mins) (15%), and 2 hr exam (65%)


Lee, K. and Collin, J. (eds). Global Change and Health, reprinted 2005,
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