PHH1112 - Global health: Opportunities and challenges - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Nwamaka Nwogwugwu


Dr Natasha Khamisa

Unit guides


South Africa

  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in an Undergraduate Degree




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 case studies, 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 determinants in a globalising world;
  2. Compare and contrast initiatives to address global health challenges;
  3. Identify opportunities for action and design relevant approaches to global health challenges;
  4. Identify future global health challenges and their determinants;
  5. Analyse the determinants of global health;
  6. Critically reflect on contemporary debates regarding globalization and health.


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

Hurdle: 80% attendance at tutorials.

Workload requirements

3 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial) PLUS 9 hours of private study hours per week.

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