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Global Health: Politics and Policy


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Jasmine Gideon
  • Assessment: a 1500-word learning journal (40%), 1000-word policy briefing (60%) and oral presentation (0%)

Module description

The module explores a range of contemporary global health issues and global health policy with a focus on countries in the Global South. As states continue to face the challenge of health inequalities and the threat of health pandemics, the module considers what solutions a global health approach can offer. It addresses these questions using multidisciplinary social science approaches to examine key questions in global health and the policy implications for countries in the Global South. The module considers a variety of topics including the emergence of key actors in the global health arena, the role of states and markets in the design and delivery of global health policies, global health security and the response to health emergencies.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Defining global health
  • Global health governance
  • Financing of global health
  • Agenda setting in global health.
  • Role of NGOs
  • Health inequalities
  • Health care workers
  • Global health security

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contemporary scholarship on global health
  • critically engage with concepts and theory relating to some key issues in global health
  • understand some of the major challenges for health policy in the Global South
  • make use of the various data sources and understand limitations of data on global health
  • apply relevant analytical concepts to a range of issues relating to global health
  • critically evaluate different theories and evidence.