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Global Health


The module aims to give students a comprehensive knowledge and critique of key global health issues.

By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the global burden of disease and social determinants of health.
  • Identify key global health issues relating to health protection, health improvement and health services.
  • Formulate possible solutions to global health issues.
  • Evaluate the health effects of an event, policy, programme or project in a global context.

Key Facts

Contact: Melissa Parkes / Chery Grantham / Nicky Tiwana

Module Leads: Dr Olalekan Uthman, Dr Bronwyn Harris

Duration: 4.5 days of lectures + 167 hours of self-directed learning

Credits: 20

Module Code: MD999

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Module syllabus

Introduction to Global Health

  • Introducing the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • An introduction to Ethical principles in global health

Health Protection

  • Outbreak investigation & notifiable disease surveillance seminar including aspects of outbreak/incident detection, identifying causes, risk communication and control strategies
  • Resilience and the health responses in an emergency seminar (examining natural disasters, war, terrorism and pandemics in high, middle and low income settings)

Healthy Cities

  • Urbanisation and ‘slum’ health seminar including the sociology and health problems and how to improve the health and welfare of these populations.
  • City design to improve mental health and wellbeing seminar including

Food Security and the Right-to-food

  • Challenges of global food security providing an understanding of the elements contributing to the food security agenda to provide affordable, safe and nutritious food within a global perspective
  • What is Agri-health and why is it important?
    - Identifying the responsibilities of states regarding the right to food and global barriers impacting on those who want to feed themselves as well as the global progress of legislating the right to food

Gender Equality and Health Services

  • Universal coverage and accessibility to health services
  • Gender equality
  • The magnitude and economic and health-related consequences of medical tourism


  • Group Oral Presentation (20%)
  • Poster Presentation (80%)

Module dates 2024/25

Teaching scheduled is provisional and may change. It is therefore advised that you check individual module pages in advance of teaching.

Next course start date: 17/03/2025

March Onsite Days
17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28