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Module Code: DPH202
Module Title: Social Perspectives of Public Health III: Macro-Micro Level Frameworks of Health
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: DPH201
This course will introduce the student to the foundational concepts of International and Global health in order to prepare the student to understand the public health needs of populations in low-income countries and the structure of health at the global level of analysis.
Learning outcomes 
A Distinguish between the perspectives of public health in domestic settings from those in international and global health settings.

B Evaluate public health issues by examining different levels of analysis simultaneously.

C. Determine the health challenges of vulnerable populations.

D. Investigate key global health actors.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures discussions, as well as debates will be utilised. Videos will also be introduced as needed.

Week 1 – Course Overview. Health in a Global Society

Introductory class. Overview of the relation between health and society, the social determinants of health, and the impact of globalization over public health.

Week 2 – Culture and Health

Examination of health beliefs, norms, values, and practices in various societies. Introduction of the relation between biomedicine and indigenous medicine.

Week 3 – Health Challenges of Low-Income Populations

Assessment of the health disparities within societies, with a focus on the peculiar situation of the low-income social groups.


Week 4 – Health Systems

Presentation of the design of a health system. Comparative assessment of national health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Week 5 – Actors in Global Health

Overview of some of the most important stakeholders in global health, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations children fund (UNICEF), the World Bank (WB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Week 6 – Global Cooperation

Examination of policies and practices in regional and global health cooperation. Discussion of the emergence and growth of public-private partnerships and their consequences on global health.

Week 7 – No class


Week 8 – Social Production of Health Inequalities

Overview of the social sources of health disparities within a society, with a focus on the social construction of medical knowledge and practice.

Week 9 – Glocal Health

Analysis of the continuities and tensions between global health policies and local social structures and culture. Examination of practical solutions for ensuring a smooth integration of the global and the local.


Week 10 – Environmental Health

Assessment of the environmental health hazards at local, regional, and global levels. Introduction to risk evaluation.

Week 11 – Chronic Diseases

Overview of the epidemiologic trends, risk factors, policies to curtail chronic diseases and local responses to such policies.

Week 12 – Infectious Diseases and Vaccination

Presentation of the global epidemiology of infectious diseases and the approaches to prevent and control it. Discussion of the vaccine-resistant groups and their underlying ideological commitments.

Week 13 – Reproductive Health

Analysis of the reproductive health at the intersection of policies to contain population growth, policies to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections, and efforts of human rights activists to assert reproduction as a basic human right.


Week 14 – Revision

Review of the course content and examination of the potential to link macro- and micro-frameworks in the analysis of specific health situations.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26  26  3      95  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essays (Three 1000+ Word Essays) 30.00
2 Model World Health Assembly Meeting 10.00
3 Presentation (Oral) 20.00
4 Final Essay (4,000+ Word Revision Of Essays With Introduction And Conclusion) 40.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/8/2019 3:04:00 AM