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Global Health PG (10055.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Public Health


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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. This unit 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. Demonstrate an integrated understanding of key concepts, metrics, measurement techniques, and frameworks used in examining global health issues;

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

3. Present a coherent and sustained argument critiquing the impact of globalization, population dynamics and climate change on global public health and the linkages between global and local health issues;

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

5. Demonstrate a deep understanding of ethical and human rights concerns in global health.

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Contact Hours

Up to 10 hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge

Basic statistics.

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