This unit examines theoretical and practical issues confronting global health professionals and practitioners, especially in low resource settings. The unit introduces students to: a) historical, political and economic forces that influence the health of populations around the world and contribute to international health inequities; b) global health crisis (emerging infectious disease; chronic disease and disability) facing both developed and developing countries and its impact; and, c) international health practices, including key actors and initiatives, as well as challenges and strategies for working in post-colonial and cross-cultural contexts. The unit provides students with an understanding of health determinants and interventions in international contexts, with a particular emphasis on low-resource settings. Examples of topics covered include health, poverty and inequality, globalisation and trade, foreign aid and development assistance. The unit also provides an introductory overview of contemporary international health challenges such as food security, humanitarian crises and climate change. Students will undertake an in-depth study of a global health issue, exploring the context in which it emerged and the forces that propel it, and advocate for actions to improve the issue in a specific local context and population group.
1x2-hour lecture/week, 1x1-hr face-to-face/on-line tutorial/week
Online activities (Blog and MCQs) (40%); Tutorial attendance and presentation (20%); and Briefing Paper 1500wd (40%)
48 credit points of unitsProhibitions