module specification

SH6056 - Global Health (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Global Health
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
12 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
102 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   A 3000-word global health case-study report
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

Global Health is a Level 6 module for the BSc Health and Social Care Course. The Module aims to give students an opportunity to critically study the interconnectedness of key challenges of human development and human health and healthcare across nations within global contexts. It will provide content that will help students understand the key global challenges that affect human health and healthcare and cause health inequalities and inequities across the nations. The Module will also provide an opportunity to study key global actors and global interventions to improve human health of all people across nations and promote health equities. This will require students to critique global co-operation and partnership in fighting key challenges of global human health and healthcare.      
Therefore, the Module aims are to:
• develop and produce graduates with global citizenship attributes by embedding the notion of ‘think globally and act locally’ (‘think globally for local actions’) in its curriculum
• develop a critical knowledge base of concepts, principles, measurements and theories of global health and healthcare based on the notion of ‘global health crisis’
• build a critical understanding of the key challenges of the growing global interconnectedness on global human health and healthcare
• identify and critique the determinants and evidence of global health inequalities and inequities
• examine the influence and contribution of health systems in improving human health around the world
• consider complexities in solving global health and healthcare problems found in past and contemporary case-studies and draw implications from them for future research, policy and practice in global health


The Module syllabus will cover the following:

Definitions, concepts, principles and theories in global health
Key health measurements used in global health
Challenges of global interconnectedness and human health and healthcare – the influence of globalisation, urbanisation, global migration, trade, education, security, climate change, etc

Determinants and evidence of global health inequalities and inequities

Comparative developments in health systems, key actors and co-operation in global health and healthcare, pharmaceuticals, key global health issues and related interventions

Selective past and contemporary case-studies in global health, research policy and practice in global health

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The Module will be delivered as blended learning that combines online activities and small group interactive face-to-face teaching. These will include:
• private set topic readings by students prior to classes
• in-class interactive topic discussion sessions
• small group seminar /workshop activities
• case-study analyses
• WebLearn online activities; video and audio content

Case-study analyses will provide an opportunity for students to reflect on how concepts, principles and theories learned on global health are applied to the real world. A focus on past and contemporary key global health issues will help to show students the importance of cooperation and knowledge sharing in addressing the challenges of global health and healthcare. Such learning perspectives are expected to enhance the global citizenship attributes the Module seek to develop.
Online activities on WebLearn will also include student self-assessment of own learning and work-in-progress as step-by-step preparation towards the assessment. This is will be achieved by the use of individual journal spaces on WebLearn, where tutors can also provide formative feedback to student preparedness, learning and progression towards the Assessment.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this Module, students are expected to be able to:
• Evaluate the key concepts, principles, measurements and theories in global health and healthcare and apply them to the real world
• Demonstrate attributes of global citizenship by being able to develop local health solutions informed by a critical understanding of the interconnectedness of key global challenges
• Analyse the key determinants of global health inequalities and inequities between the global South and the global North in general, and across nations in particular
• Critique key developments in health systems, key global health actors and interventions set to improve health and healthcare of all people around the world
• Synthesise details of key global health case studies, evaluate related solutions / interventions and apply them to research, policy and practice in global health and healthcare

Assessment strategy

The Module will be assessed by a 3000-word written report of a case-study chosen from past or contemporary key global health issues.

Opportunities for formative feedback will be available via the use of individual journal spaces on WebLearn at various intervals of work-in-progress over the teaching semester. Thus, students will have an early opportunity to discuss their chosen global health and healthcare case-study.