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Module Code: DPH304
Module Title: Social Perspectives of Public Health VII: Healthcare in China
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
Students will be introduced to Chinese health care and the Chinese health care system from its inception in the Republican Period to the present. The successes and challenges of China's historical and current health policies, campaigns and reforms will be critically examined.
Learning outcomes 
A Analyse historical health care in China from the Republican Period to the present.

B Assess the important influences in the development of, and reception to biomedicine during the Republican period.

C Critically appraise the importance of health care developments during the early PRC.

D Examine how rural health reform in the early PRC served as a template for a global health care agenda.

E Appraise the success and failure of health reforms in 21st century China.
Method of teaching and learning 
Lecture, discussion, tutorials, demonstrations, field visits and videos.
Part I Ancient Health Care in China

Week 1 Historical Health Care in China

Overview of health care and population health in China up to the 19th Century with a particular emphasis on how Chinese health care was affected by Taoism and Confucianism.

Week 2 Foundations of Chinese Medicines

Introduction to the basic theory and philosophy of Chinese Medicines with acupuncture demonstration.

Week 3 Personal Responsibility for Health I: Practising Taoist Moderation

Overview of the theory and practice of living in moderation to maintain health.

Week 4 The Discourse of Personal Responsibility for Health II: Yangsheng Practises

Overview of the practises known as Yangsheng (“nourishing life”) that include forms of tai qi and qi gong.

Part II The Advent of Modernity in China Health

Week 5 The Early Reception and Rejection of Biomedicine

Examination of the early introduction and rejection of biomedicine into China primarily through missionaries.

Week 6 The Acceptance of Western Modernity

Overview of the acceptance of modernity as a necessity in China due to a series of international political defeats from the mid-late 20th century.

Week 7 The Dominance of Biomedicine

Examination of the adoption of biomedicine as the dominant health care method through the Republican era; the development of the Ministry of Health; and the Influence of The Rockefeller Foundation in the growth of biomedical health in China.

Part III Health in the 20 th Century in China

Week 8 Republican Health Care 1911-1949

Introduction to the early development of biomedical healthcare and public health in China during the Republican period.

Week 9 The Further Development of Health Care in the People's Republic of China

Overview of the development of rural health care under Mao; with an examination of the Barefoot Doctors programme.

Week 10 Domestic Health Campaigns from Mao to the Present

Examination of various health campaigns in China including Schistosomiasis eradication and one-child policy.

Week 11 Health Care Integration and WHO's Discourse of “Health for All”

Examination of how the PRC was reintroduced into WHO through an emphasis on rural health care access and the integration of Chinese medicines and biomedicine.

Week 12 Sino-African Health Diplomacy

Examination of how China engaged the world and re-entered the world stage, at least in part, through health diplomacy.

Week 13 Current Health Reform in China

Overview of issues and outcomes from health reform in China over the past thirty years.

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 (Four 1000+ Words) 40.00
2 Presentation (Oral) 20.00
3 Final Essay (4,000+ Word Revision Of Essays Plus Introduction And Conclusion) 40.00

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