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Critical Global Health (Module)

Module description

Global Health is a field of study, research and practice that addresses the widespread variations in health, disease and medical care in different countries and regions. The global health movement argues that reducing disease, safeguarding well-being and providing adequate healthcare requires initiatives which are often beyond the capacity of individual nation-states to address individually or through their domestic institutions. This module introduces students to the evidence on the social determinants of global inequalities in health, disease and medical care, and to the key concepts, debates and case studies that illuminate these inequalities and the political economic social and structural forces that perpetuate them. The module provides skills in critically assessing the ways in which global health inequalities are measured and mapped and the role that governmental, institutional and corporate actors play in financing, governing and delivering healthcare worldwide.


  • To introduce students to the evidence on the global burden of disease and the inequalities in health, disease and medical care.
  • To introduce students to the key concepts and debates regarding what global health is and how it might be secured.
  • To give students capacities of critical analysis of evidence and argument in the field of global health
  • To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between political, economic and social factors in the delivery of global health initiatives.
  • To provide students with the skills to critically evaluate such initiatives and to identify the role of key stakeholders in shaping them.
  • To demonstrate the value of interdisciplinary approaches to global health
  • To provide insights into the use of particular methodological and epistemological tools in the production of global health research.

Staff information

Dr Ann Kelly

Teaching pattern


Module assessment - more information

Coursework and examination

Key information

Module code 7SSHM605

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework presentation/s written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No