MPH5252 - Global health care delivery: principles and challenges - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke


Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Understanding global health in a modern, globalised world has never been more challenging or significant. Global health lies at the nexus of global patterns of biological and social disorder and the need for effective, integrated and practical global health care delivery is crucial and immediate.

Students will explore global health care delivery using a practical, human rights based approach. It will include critical analysis of the impacts of globalisation on human health, postcolonial frameworks for global health understanding and the governance structures that oversee global health.

It will also analyse factors contribute to global health inequality and assist in development of intercultural competence. Topics for discussion will include: barriers to migrant and refugee health care; the impacts of development, AID and colonisation on global health care; the relationships between neoliberalism and neglected diseases; and the successes and failures of global health governance.


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

  1. Explain human rights based approaches to global health care delivery
  2. Critically analyse impacts of globalisation on human health and consider the ethics of globalisation
  3. Develop intercultural competence in health care
  4. Analyse and predict factors contributing to global health inequity
  5. Apply postcolonial frameworks to global healthcare issues
  6. Investigate and critique current governance structures for complex global health issues


  • Critical reflections (12 x 150 words) (30%)
  • Critical appraisal (1,200 words) (20%)
  • Wicked problem video presentation (7 minute video presentation -15%, plus peer review - 5%) (20% total)
  • Hypothetical scenario essay (1,800 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week comprised of a mix of directed and self-directed learning plus attendance at 2 day block

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus: 12 hours self-directed study per week, plus 2 block days.

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