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Introduction To Global Health 2 (Module)

Module description

This module introduces students to the key concepts, debates and case studies in global health that illuminate the major inequalities in health, disease and medical care, and the political economic social and structural forces that perpetuate them. We focus on the politics of global health in order critically assess the role that governmental, institutional and corporate actors play in financing, governing and delivering health care worldwide. We consider a number of case studies to examine this: examples are global pandemics and biosecurity; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis and malaria; reproductive health care; global mental health. We conclude by considering the problems of global health governance in a rapidly changing world.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Aims:

  • To introduce students to the political economic social and structural forces that create and perpetuate the major global inequalities in health, disease and medical care
  • To demonstrate, though detailed case studies, the value of interdisciplinary approaches to global health.
  • To provide students with the skills to critically evaluate initiatives to address particular global health problems.
  • To introduce the aspirations and challenges of global health governance, and provide a critical evaluation of its potential.

Learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the political economic social and structural forces that create and perpetuate the major global inequalities in health, disease and medical care.
  • An awareness of the value of interdisciplinary approaches to global health as applied to specific issues.
  • The skills to critically evaluate initiatives to address particular global health problems.
  • The capacity to critically evaluate the aspirations and challenges of global health governance.

Indicative Readings:

  • Crisp, Nigel (2010) Turning the World Upside Down: The search for global health in the 21st Century RSM Books, London.
  • Davies, Sara (2009) The Global Politics of Health Polity Press, London.
  • Koplan, Jeffrey, et al.(2009) Towards a Common Definition of Global Health. Lancet 373(9679):1993-97
  • Wilkinson, Richard G., and Kate E. Pickett (2007) The Problems of Relative Deprivation: Why Some Societies Do Better than Others. Social Science and Medicine 65(9):1965-1978.
  • Marmot, Michael (2005) Social Determinants of Health Inequalities. The Lancet 365(9464):1099-1104.
  • Bach, S. International Mobility of Health Professionals - Brain Drain or Brain Exchange? UNU-WIDER Research Paper No. 2006/82 - August 2006, 29pp. www.wider.unu.edu/publications/rps/rps2006/rp2006-82.pdf
  • Petryna, A. (2009) When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects Princeton University Press
  • Blumenthal D, Hsiao W. (2005) “Privatization and Its Discontents – the Evolving Chinese Health Care System.” New England Journal of Medicine. 2005; 353 (11): 1165-1170
  • Coughlin SS. (2003) “Ethical issues in epidemiologic research and public health practice.” Emerging Themes in Epidemiology. 3: 16. www.ete-online.com/content/3/1/16
  • Nguyen, Vinh-Kim (2010) Introduction: Cote-d'Ivoire and Triage in the Time of AIDS. In The Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa's Time of AIDS. (Pp. 1-14)
  • Farmer, Paul (2003) Rethinking Health and Human Rights. Time for a Paradigm Shift. In Pathologies of Power. Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor. Paul Farmer, ed. Pp. 213-246. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Staff information

Dr Hanna Kienzler

Teaching pattern

Lectures and seminars

Module assessment - more information

1 unseen 1.5 hour written examination (60% of final grade of module)
1 x 1500 word essay (40% of final grade of module)
1 piece of formatively assessed coursework

Required module for

Key information

Module code 4SSHM002

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes