Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Karen Richards



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit, we ask you to think about the vast and growing inequities in health that exist across the world and the challenges for people living in developing countries. We explore their underlying causes including: globalisation, transnational trade, tourism, rapid development, social and political transitions, climate change, violence and insecurity. Using research reports and field experience from practical projects, we examine the wider context for working in international settings as well as the issues faced by Indigenous peoples, migrants and refugees. We explore our responsibilities as 'global citizens' and we challenge you to think about ways you could make a difference.


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

  1. Explain the place of health and its social determinants in a globalising world;
  2. Compare and contrast initiatives to address global health challenges;
  3. Identify opportunities for action using relevant approaches to global health challenges;
  4. Identify future global health challenges and their determinants;
  5. Analyse the social determinants of global health; and
  6. Critically reflect on contemporary debates regarding globalization and health.


Group presentation (oral) (20 minutes) (30%)
Assignment (3,000 words) (40%)
Class test (1 hour) (30%)

Hurdle Requirement:
80% attendance at tutorials
80% participation in weekly online tasks.

Workload requirements

6 contact hours (1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, and 3 hours online activity) plus 6 hours of private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Health science