This unit examines theoretical and practical issues confronting global health professionals and practitioners, especially in low-resource settings. It provides students with opportunities to apply their disciplinary expertise in the interdisciplinary, international health setting. The unit takes interdisciplinary approach to introduce students to: a) historical, political and economic forces that influence the health of populations around the world and contribute to international health inequities; b) global health crises (emerging infectious disease, chronic disease and disability) facing both developed and developing countries and their impact; and, c) international health practices, including key actors and initiatives, as well as challenges and strategies for working in cross-cultural contexts. The unit provides students with an understanding of health determinants and interventions in international contexts, with a particular emphasis on low-resource settings. Examples of topics covered include health, poverty and inequality, foreign aid and development assistance, globalisation, technology and health. The unit also provides an introductory overview of contemporary international health challenges such as food security, humanitarian crises and climate change. Students will undertake individual and group work to study global health from multiple disciplinary perspectives; they will investigate an in-depth study of a global health issue, exploring the context in which it emerged and the forces that propel it, and advocate for actions to improve the issue in a specific local context and population group.
1x2-hour lecture/week, 1x1-hr face-to-face/on-line tutorial/week
Online activities (35%); tutorial attendance and presentation (20%); and briefing paper 2500wd ( 45%)
48 credit points of unitsProhibitions