A34586 International Health
(Last Updated:30 August 2017)
Total Credits: 20
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Students registered for the MPH and MPH (International Health). Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
|Autumn ||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester |
Summary of Content: The module will provide a wide overview of global public health issues. It is couched in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and other international health policies. It provides an insight into ethical and economic issues within which health care is delivered in resource poor settings.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture ||11 weeks||1 per week||2 hours |
|Lecture ||11 weeks||1 per week||3 hours |
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1 ||40 ||1 hour closed book written examination |
|Assignment ||40 ||2,500 word written assignment. |
|Presentation 1 ||20 ||15 minutes group work presentation |
Professor J Leonardi-Bee
Dr R Phalkey
Education Aims: The course is designed:
The characteristics of the student group will vary year on year in this multidisciplinary course and so emphasis on specific topics will respond to interests.
- To introduce the fundamentals of international and global public health.
- To enable students to learn about decision making in international health, the actors and agencies including the WHO, WMF, UN, The World Bank etc.
- To introduce the processes of economic development and their impacts on health in developing countries.
- To provide an overview of the epidemiology of key conditions, such as maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious, non-communicable, and neglected tropical diseases and how these impact individuals and communities.
- To describe the structure, financing, and management of health and healthcare systems in emerging economies.
- To provide an overview of disease surveillance strategies and programs.
- To introduce students to challenges of quality of care in resource poor settings.
- To apply an understanding of behavioral and cultural diversity to addressing international health issues.
In addition we will arrange a field visit to the office of at least one International Non-Government Organization based in London so that the students can understand the functioning of large INGOs.
Knowledge and understanding
Professional and practical skills (International Health competencies)
- Adopt inter-disciplinary perspectives to identify health, social, political and environmental determinants of health and health problems of populations in emerging economies (determinants of health component)
- Work in, and adapt to, any global context for health development
- Management of health programs in global settings
- Develop a disciplinary specialty to be applied to international health
- Integrate global, political, economic and cultural systems knowledge into health development
- Identify culturally sensitive and socio-economically viable strategies in health development
- Design and manage health development programs in accordance with universally and locally acceptable ethical standards
- The challenges to improvements of healthcare systems in low and middle income countries
- Critically collect, analyze and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle-income countries (thesis component).
- Development of personal and social skills
- Group and individual decision making
- Clearly communicate simple and complex knowledge or arguments both orally and in writing, discussing appropriately
- Conduct yourself professionally in a multi and trans-disciplinary team
- Practical problem-solving skills within a group to address complex and unpredictable theoretical and practical public health scenarios
- Systematically search for and amass information relevant to assessing and addressing public health issues
- Systematically evaluate written or numeric information drawing justified conclusions from the evidence to enhance evidence-based practice
- Manage time efficiently and prioritize tasks working to deadlines and be independent learners engaged in continuing professional development and with the ability to evaluate and assess personal abilities, reflect on individual and group performance and seek help and advice when necessary.
Offering School: Medicine
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