Impact of The Environment on Global Health NURSING4033

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will explore the effect of global environment changes on public health and will examine the principles of sustainable clinical practice.


Teaching consists of weekly sessions across two semesters

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 4 of the BN (Hons) programme, students must normally have attained a grade C or better at first attempt in Developing Knowledge for Nursing and Health 2 and Advancing Knowledge for Contemporary Nursing Practice 3, and a grade D or better in all other components of summative assessment in Years 2 and 3 including practice learning and achieved all the NMC platforms and proficiencies required for Year 3.

Excluded Courses



Component 1 - 10% weighting, poster presentation (ILO 1, 3, 4 & 5). 

Component 2 - 90% weighting, written assignment (2500 words +/-10%) to address the impact of the environment on global health (ILO 1, 2,3, 4, 5 & 6).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

For attainment of course credit, reassessments are normally available for all components of summative assessment if a minimum of a Grade D is not achieved at the first attempt. Reassessments are normally taken at the next available opportunity.

Reassessments are not normally available for components of assessment that contribute to Honours progression, or to Honours classification if the threshold course grade is not achieved at the first attempt.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

Explore the impact of the global environment and climate change on public health. 

Examine the impact of healthcare as a contributor to the ecosystem crisis.

Enable students to evaluate the principles of sustainable clinical practice.

Promote healthcare knowledge and understanding of the importance of planetary health values

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Examine the social determinants of health that influence global health outcomes.

2. Debate the impact of population migration on health services and the environment.

3. Explore the role that health systems have in shaping sustainability and impacting climate change.

4. Evaluate planetary health solutions to address the impact of climate change and human disruption on ecosystems.

5. Discuss the environmental impact that policies have on health and health services and the complexity of global health governance.

6. Appreciate the leadership and advocacy skills to promote social, policy and structural change.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment.

For all components of assessments, 100% submission of assessments is normally required.