Contemporary Health Issues DUMF1009

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the social study of health and health care in modern Britain, with a considerable local focus. It covers topics such as health inequalities and the theories behind them, models of health service provision, how to use public health data for research, and assessing interventions to improve health. Students will make site visits to consider local health issues and efforts to improve them.


1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Requirements of Entry



Formal (summative) assessment consists of:
1500 word essay (contributing to 45% of final mark) Week 11

15 minute small group presentation relating to group site visits and local health data (contributing 10% of total) Week 11
Exam (contributing to 45% of total) December diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The group presentation (10%) cannot be re-assessed.

Course Aims

The principal aim of the course is to introduce students to the social study of health and health care in modern Britain, with a particular focus on Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course, students will be able to:
Describe variations in health over time, and between individuals, social groups and regions.
Describe and evaluate the different theories available to account for these variations.
Describe the institutional framework for the delivery of health care.
Perform simple procedures for calculating and displaying simple health data (rates for mortality, incidence, prevalence) and graphs and pie charts.
Give a factually based account of health & illness in Dumfries & Galloway.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Normally attendance at 75% of compulsory classes and attempt at all summative assessments, and attainment of Grade G2.