Globalisation And Public Health MED5022

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Medicine
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an overview of Globalisation and its impact on public health by examining the major health related themes within the globalisation debate. Several major global health challenges and their overall impact on the Global Burden of Disease will be studied.


Semester two.

Requirements of Entry



Students will be required to write a 3,000 word essay on a particular issue of globalisation or on a comparative study around two distinct health systems.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The overall aim of the course is to provide an introductino to global health as a subject area. It aims to provide a model for understanding the different areas of globalisation inlcuding the political, social, economic and environmental domains which encomass the concept of globalisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

After this course and following a period of reading and reflection students should be able to:

Define the terms of globalisation, global change and global public health and describe the key debates surrounding these concepts.

Analyse the concept of globalisation in relation to the wider determinants of health.

Debate the ways in which globalisation contributes to emerging health trens such as Mortality, Morbidity, DALY's and Life Expectancy.

Examine and discuss the role of the WHO and evaluate the policy development and efficiency of WHO in relation to globalistion.

Discuss selected examples of health systems and provide some examples of health systems development in low and middle income countries.

Define and debate the terms economic globalisation, global economy, and evaluate the role of world trade on global public health. Discuss the dynamics of world trade on such concepts as empowerment and justice and debate the issues around Fair Trade.

Critically evaluate the role of the World Bank, IMF, WTO and multi-nationals on global health policy and their influence on health within developing countries.

Details the global public health challenge of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and evaluate methods to address them.

Examine the impact of displacement on individual and pubic health and evaluate the policies to address the health needs of refugess and asylum seekers.

Examing the coping strategies people adopt during times of war, famine and disaster and evaluate the impact of emergency relief aid.

It is recognised that the course is not entirely comprehensive and cannot cover all the issues related to globalisation and health. The themes within globalisation and public health are characterised by disparate and contrasting debates. The course attempts to provide students with the tools to access the evidence in order to effectively analyse these debates.