Postgraduate taught 

Public Health MPH/PgDip/PgCert

Globalisation And Public Health MED5022

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course delves into the interplay of globalisation and human health. It explores the potential benefits and inherent risks of globalisation on health outcomes. The impact of globalisation-related factors and processes on public health policies and practices are considered. There is a focus throughout on the requirement for collaborative and innovative solutions to address emerging public health challenges.


Weekly sessions comprised of lectures, seminars, and asynchronous material.

Excluded Courses





Essay [2500w, 70%, ILOs 1-4]

Reflective Portfolio [1000w, 30%, ILOs 3, 4]

Course Aims

This course aims to critically discuss how global institutional, economic, socio-cultural, and environmental factors impact global health. The risks and benefits globalisation poses to health will be considered, and how globalisation impacts public health policy and practice will be presented. Finally, responses to global public health challenges will be evaluated.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Critically discuss how institutional, economic, socio-cultural, and environmental factors impact global health.

2. Critically evaluate the risks and benefits globalisation poses to health.

3. Critically discuss how global health initiatives and global goals impact public health policy and practice.

4. Evaluate responses to global public health challenges and efforts to improve health outcomes globally. 

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.