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The Politics of Health & Medicine (Module)

Module description

This module is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the social and political determinants of health at national and global levels. It focuses on issues raised by key developments in public policy and public health approaches to disease, for example the development of the Global Burden of Disease study and associated measures of health and disease such as the DALY, and the increasing emphasis of healthcare institutions on cost-effectiveness analysis of new health technologies. These developments raise important social, political, regulatory and ethical questions relevant to, for example, the funding and organisation of healthcare, and the value of and equitable access to innovative health technologies.  Knowledge and critical analysis of these recent developments and associated debates is crucial for students wishing to develop an advanced understanding of key contemporary issues in the social study of health and medicine.

Staff information

Dr Courtney Davis

Teaching pattern


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Key information

Module code 7SSHM600

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No