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Global Health (10008.2)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Public Health


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  • Semester 2, 2019, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (188489) - View
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Global health has taken a new meaning and significance in the past two decades given increased globalization and emergence of new and shared health challenges. Introduction to Global Health addresses the most critical issues in global health and the interconnection between global and national health concerns and solutions. Students will learn about the impacts of globalization, demographic dynamics, and environmental change on global public health. They will be introduced to concepts and measures relevant to global public health and learn about the distribution of disease and mortality burden across the globe. The course also covers major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion as well as the key players in the global health system. The ultimate goal is to enable students develop skills in critical thinking in relation to global health issues.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand key concepts, metrics, measurement techniques, and frameworks used in examining global health issues;

2. Understand the distribution of health and disability around the world including emerging global health threats;

3. Understand impact of globalization, population dynamics and climate change on global public health and the linkages between global and local health issues;

4. Understand major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion and analyse the roles and agendas of major players in global health; and

5. Understand ethical and human rights concerns in global health.

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Contact Hours

3 hours contact per week.





Assumed Knowledge

Basic statistics.

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