PBH1104 - Global health: Opportunities and challenges - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Karen Richards


Dr Karen Richards

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




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. Identify current and future global health challenges;
  2. Analyse the complex underlying causes of global health challenges;
  3. Provide an explanation of why there is growing inequity in the world and reflect on the responsibility of all to address this as "global citizens";
  4. Identify and critique initiatives to address global health challenges;
  5. Explain and critique the Sustainable Development Goals published by UN.


  • Group presentation (30 minutes) (20%)
  • Online tasks (20%)
  • Class test (1 hour) (25%)
  • Assignment (2,100words) (35%)
  • Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at seminars

Workload requirements

1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

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