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Globalisation And Public Health MED5022

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an analysis 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.


This course is offered over an eleven week period and one two hour lecture is offered each week. Nine weekly, 90 minute seminars will also be offered.

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.

Course Aims

The overall aim of the course is to provide an introduction to global health as a subject area. It aims to provide a model for analysing and evaluating the different areas of globalisation including the political, social, economic and environmental domains.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

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

Critically analyse the concept of globalisation in relation to the wider determinants of health.

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

Critically appraise the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) and evaluate the policy development and efficiency of
WHO in relation to globalisation.

Compare selected examples of health systems and critically examine the health systems development in several low and middle income countries.

Critically analyse the key factors and organisations driving economic globalisation and the global economy.


Evaluate the role of world trade on global public health and appraise the dynamics of world trade in relation to community empowerment and justice.

Critically evaluate the role of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and multi-national commercial organizations on global health policy and the influence of these organizations
on health in developing countries.

Critically examine the global public health challenge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and evaluate methods employed to address these.

Examine the impact of displacement on individuals and public health systems and evaluate policies developed to address the health needs of refugees and asylum seekers.

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

Critically analyse a range of the major themes and debates in global health from an evidence based perspective.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.