Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSouth Africa School of Health Sciences
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Natasha Khamisa


This unit will build on students' previous learning about global health, through examination of the 'health for all' agenda and associated approaches to meeting the challenges of health inequities. The intent of this unit is not only to further students' awareness of global health issues, but also to encourage critical thinking about the efficacy of global health programs and the ethics of delivering aid. Central to the unit will be the question of why there is often a failure to provide a total community approach to health issues.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the approaches and outcomes of various programs, actors and agencies in global health according to ethical and culturally appropriate development and aid delivery
  2. Explain using evidence from secondary sources, the positive and negative aspects of different approaches to global health programs in terms of equity and inequity
  3. Apply principles of health-for-all and its expression in project design and evaluation to address global health challenges
  4. Analyse programs for health issues at national and international levels for their capacity to address health inequities
  5. Critically analyse donors' positions and activity within global health contexts
  6. Explain the current and future threats to global health with reference to various social, economic, environmental and political causes.


Essay (2,000 words) (30%)
Project plan (1,000 words) (20%)
Project proposal (3,000 words) (Hurdle) (50%)

80% attendance at tutorials
Formative assessment task: Twitter report (800 words)

Workload requirements

4 contact hours per week PLUS 8 hours of private study hours per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Any one of (HSC1112, HSC1081, PHH1112, or PHH1081).