Health and International Development (MSc RID)
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- Term 2
This course is only available to students enrolled on the MSc Research for International Development programme.
Health and disease has been a major feature of development policy, both in the recent period (Millennium Development Goals), and historically (since the world’s first aid Act sanctioned, in 1929, improving health as a legitimate use of foreign aid). Of the around 230 international organisations and foundations working on development issues, a substantial proportion are related to health. And in macro-studies of development processes, improved (or failing) health outcomes have been directly linked to progress (or otherwise) in broader development aspirations.
This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of key issues and themes in global health and development: to demonstrate the links between health, illness and poverty; to explore how poverty creates particular risks and creates particular challenges for tackling disease; and to understand how global and national health policies have shaped the disease and healing environment in the developing world.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of this course, a student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key issues relating to global health and development
- Critically assess the key theories and debates in the literature on issues around global health and development
- Have a good understanding of a range of health indicators, and how data relating to health should be handled in a critical manner
- Demonstrate an ability to identify a range of relevant resources in global health and development, and to be able to work with those resources in a critically self-aware way.
- Demonstrate their ability to analyse a particular global health and development related topic or issue, and to present that understanding and analysis in a succinct way
- Demonstrate their ability to construct an argument in a deeper examination of a topic related to global health and development
Teaching takes place through a weekly 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.
Scope and syllabus
The syllabus will cover the following areas:
- Health, development and poverty
- Culture, health and illness
- Social determinants of health
- Global health governance
- National health systems
- Access to health, and health financing
- Human rights and health
- Global health campaigns
- Reproductive health
- Veterinary medicine
This course will be delivered alongside the parallel course, 'Global Health and Development', worth 22.5 CATS credits. Students will have the opportunity to attend all lectures and tutorials, but the examinable component will be approximately 75% of the 22.5 CATS credits syllabus. Material delivered in the lectures and tutorials which is NOT examinable will equate to two of the ten weeks of the course, and will be identified by the course convenor and communicated to students at the start the course.
Method of assessment
50% exam, 50% coursework. Each student will be expected to complete one essay of no more than 3000 words (worth 40%) and a briefing report of no more than 1000 words (worth 10%). Resubmission of coursework regulations apply.