SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB723443
Module Leader Sarah Renton
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to develop student's knowledge and understanding of the concept of global health. Knowledge will be synthesised from a range of perspectives including; political, societal and cultural influences on health and healthcare; epidemiology and public health in the global context. Consequently, students will have the opportunity to critically evaluate national and international strategies in relation to current global health policies and frameworks.


Cultural competence; cultural identity, beliefs & values; the role and influence of religion; responding to the needs of diverse populations. International perspectives; policies and politics of health; human rights; socio-economic influences; remote and rural health; the role of the World Health Organisation. Disaster related health issues; conflict; environmental disasters; disaster management; voluntary and statutory agencies; non-Government organisations. Global public health; epidemiology of new and re-emerging infectious diseases; new patterns of travel & migration, the globalization of trade.

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning OutcomesOn sucessful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Critically appraise and evaluate the concept of global health.2. Critically examine and evaluate a range of factors that influence health and well-being in the global context.3. Critically appraise and evaluate national and international strategies for managing disaster-related health issues.4. Critically review and evaluate development in the epidemiology of global public health issues. 5. Critically analyse and evaluate the significance of culture and global health issues to the development of person-centred care.6. Critically discuss and evaluate the multidisciplinary contribution to global health care strategies from an individual to a global perspective.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered wither online via GCU Learn or classroom based. Students may elect to study the module wither online or on campus, but may not transfer between the two. The main activities carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the module syllabus. The teaching and learning strategies employed include: lectures/video lecture, podcasts, narrated presentation, seminars/online/a/synchronous discussion and tutorials/online self-directed study to engage the students in the key concepts which will then be developed through activities and directed learning. Groups will meet on a regular basis throughout the module (either face to face or online) to discuss activities that have been assigned to them. Module Tutors will facilitate these groups.

Indicative Reading

BABUL, S. & KUMAR, P., 2018. Essentials of Global Health. Oxford: Elsevier. BEAGLEHOLE, R. & BONITA, R., 2009. Global public health: a new era. 2nd ed. Oxford: University Press, Oxford. 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. DOWLER E., SPENCER, N, 2007, Challenging health inequalities; From Acheson to "Choosing health", Policy Press Bristol. 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. MORGAN A., DAVIES M., ZIGILO E, 2010, Health Assets in a Global context: Springer. PETERSON D., J., ALEXANDER G., R., Needs Assessment in Public Health A Practical Guide for Students and Professionals, Springer Science Press. SCRIVEN A., HODGINS, M, 2012, Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice, Sage Publications London. SIM F., MCKEE M., 2011, Issues in Public Health, 2 nd edn. Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education, Berkshire. Websites <> (United States Global Health Department) <> (World Health Organisation) <> (United Nations) <> (International Council of Nurses) <> (Royal College of Nursing) <> (Overseas Development Institute) Relevant Journals Journal of Global Health Globalisation and Health International Journal of Clinical Practice

Transferrable Skills

Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. Develop communication and IT skills to underpin effective learning. Communicate effectively in both written and oral forms. Work effectively with others. Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 89.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Written n/a 100.00 50% 3000 word critical report on a contemporary global health issue.