SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB726124
Module Leader Sarah Renton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The module introduces and develops student's knowledge and understanding of the concept of global health. Political, ethical, economic, societal, technological, environmental, legal, and cultural influences on health will be critically explored to extend the student's understanding of global health. The module will also allow students to engage in global health agendas to address health inequalities in individuals, families, communities and populations. Common Good values and attributes of active and global citizenship, entrepreneurial mind-set, responsible leadership, confidence, integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence are core to the module.


-360b7 Cultural competence; cultural identity, beliefs & values; the role and influence of religion b7 Responding to the needs of diverse populations/communities. b7 Policies and politics of health in an international context b7 Human rights b7 Socioeconomic influences b7 Remote and rural health b7 The role of the World Health Organisation. b7 Disaster related health issues; conflict; environmental disasters; disaster management; climate change; voluntary and statutory agencies; non-government organisations. b7 Global public health b7 Epidemiology of new and re-emerging infectious diseases b7 New patterns of travel & migration, the globalisation of trade

Learning Outcomes

:On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:- 1. Critically appraise the concept of global health.2. Critically examine a range of factors that influence health and well-being in the global context.3. Critically appraise national and international strategies for managing disaster-related health issues.4. Critically review development in the epidemiology of global public health issues. 5. Critically analyse the significance of culture and global health issues in improving health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations.6. Critically consider the contribution of healthcare to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency strategies, from both an individual and a global perspective.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will embrace a range of student centred methods which promote active participation via modified lectures, seminars and group work. A flexible, blended approach to learning using lectures, online activities, seminars will provide a learning experience in which students are encouraged to adopt an enquiry based approach to the subject matter. Students will also be encouraged to develop attributes associated with independent learning involving study and enquiry, utilising IT and the virtual learning environment. Learning and teaching strategies will enhance student engagement, accessibility, flexibility and personalisation of the curriculum through the use of technology/digital learning where appropriate. Lecturers, service partners, users, carers and students will contribute to the authenticity of the teaching and learning experience.

Indicative Reading

BABUL, S. & KUMAR, P., 2018. Essentials of Global Health. Oxford: Elsevier. BLANK, R. H. & BURAU, V., 2010. Comparative health policy. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. CRISP, N., 2010. Turning the World Upside Down: The search for global health in the 21 st century. London: CRC Press. CRISP, N., 2016. One World: An overview of Global Health. London: CRC Press. COTTRELL, S., 2011. Critical Thinking Skills - Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke Palgrave: Macmillan. DONALDSON, L.J. & RUTTER, P.D., 2018. Donaldson's' Essential Public Health . 4 th ed. London: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. HANEFIELD, J., 2014. Globalisation and Health. London: Open University Press. HOLTZ, C. 2016., Global Health Care Issues and Policies 3 rd ed. Burlington USA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. JACOBSEN, K.H. 2018., Introduction to Global Health 3 rd . Burlington USA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. Websites: International Council of Nurses <> Overseas Development Institute: <> Royal College of <> United Nations <> United States Global Health Department <> World Health Organization <> Relevant Journals: Journal of Global Health Globalisation and Health International Journal of Clinical Practice

Transferrable Skills

Development, or enhancement, of -360b7 Independent learning skills b7 Communication and team working b7 Application of critical thinking and analysis skills to clinical situations b7 Decision-making b7 Theory and practice integration and problem solving b7 Study, IT and time management skills b7 Self-marketing/presentation skills b7 Reflection

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 140.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 3000 word essay