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UOSM2004 Global Health

Module Overview

The global health module is an exciting opportunity to examine the factors associated with emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as the recent outbreak of Ebola and Swine Flu that quickly spread around the world, and non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, such as smoking and sedentary lifestyles, that lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To examine the current and emerging transnational issues in population health and wellbeing and their determinants in a wider socio-behavioural, spatial, environmental and technological context. The module will discuss the solutions and policy strategies to reduce the burden of disease and premature mortality and associated risk factors determining both communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify emerging issues and challenges in transnational health and population development
  • Explain the linkage and application of demographic, epidemiological and nutrition transition frameworks and their relevance to understanding health and diseases and related population factors in high, low and middle income countries
  • Understand the interaction of socio-behavioural, spatial, environmental and technological factors determining health care and health outcomes
  • Grasp the underlying complex relationship between poverty and global health within the population development context, including the strategies of the UN Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 development agenda
  • Correctly use and evaluate sources of global health information on the internet


Global health module integrates new ideas, theories and empirical evidence from public health, medicine and epidemiology to social science, technology and environmental sciences. The specific topics that will be covered in this module include: UN Millennium Development Goals and the future of global health and population development; inter-linkage of demographic, epidemiological and nutrition transitions; burden of maternal and child mortality and community interventions; impact of chronic and non-communicable diseases and risk factors; resurgence of infectious diseases and control strategies; environmental impact on health and wellbeing; stigmatization and barriers to health; health inequalities and inequities; health promotion and policy; health care systems and financing and health governance and political factors.

Special Features

The main features of this student-led module are research- and policy-oriented, inter-disciplinary, international, contemporary and problem-based. There are no pre-requisites or formal entry requirements for this module but students are expected to have a basic understanding of health and its relevance in contemporary societies. The module offers opportunities and choices for students from social science, humanities, engineering, medical and health care sciences disciplines.

Learning and Teaching

Independent Study122
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. This module requires reading from a wide range of published sources. The students will receive specific list of reading materials including online journal papers, research reports and e-books at the end of each lecture session

Rockett IRH (1999). Population and health: An introduction to epidemiology. Population Bulletin. ,54 , pp. 48.

On-line resources.

Ewles, L. (2005). Key topics in public health: essential briefings on prevention and health promotions.. 

Montgomery M. (2009). Urban poverty and health in developing countries. Population Bulletin. ,64 , pp. 20.

Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, Reddy KS, Rodriguez MH, Sewankambo NK, Wasserheit JN (2009). Consortium of Universities for Global Health Executive Board. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. ,373 , pp. 1993-1995.

Lindstrand A et al. (2006). Global health: an introductory text book. 

Skolnik R. (2008). Essentials of global health. 

Crisp N. (2010). Turning the world upside down: The search for global health in the 21st Century. 

RatzanSC, Filerman GL, LeSar JW. (2000). Attaining global health: Challenges and opportunities.. Population Bulletin. ,55 , pp. p.52.



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  () 30%
Problem solving  () 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Problem solving 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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