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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS3169 International Healthcare

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Jimmy Choo

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Passed the preceding academic level and has Programme lead support for the exchange.

This module is mutually exclusive with

DONE3007European Nursing
HECS3241International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK
HECS3242International Study - Healthcare Provision Outside the UK (2
HECS5288MEuropean Nursing Network Module
HECS5289MInternational Healthcare

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module is divided into two key components. The first is based within the University and is focused upon developing an understanding of the healthcare provision in another country. Students will explore how different cultures impact on the healthcare professional role.The second component is undertaken in another country and will give students the opportunity to experience the healthcare environment outside the UK. This is intended to enhance awareness of other cultures and explore the economic, social and political influences impacting onthe healthcare systems of other countries.Arrangements for international placement: Students are expected to contact the international host organisation and liaise with the module leader by the end of Semester 1 (prior to starting the module in Semester 2).


Students can discuss:
- Healthcare systems in countries outside the UK including economic factors and social and political influences
- Obligations and expectations of undertaking an observational role in another healthcare system
- Factors linked to the international migration of healthcare professionals
- Aspects of professional development through reflection, critical analysis and self-management

Undertake a 2 week observational placement in an healthcare environment within a country outside the UK

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- analyse the value of sharing and exchanging multi-cultural knowledge and experience;
- debate learning experiences with colleagues;
- gain understanding of and empathy for being a 'stranger' within another country;
- undertake an analysis of healthcare provision within another country;
- analyse how different cultures impact on the healthcare professional's role.

Skills outcomes
Development of Transcultural competences
Development of self-confidence and self management


Students will have one week preparation, two weeks on exchange in another country and one week reflection on their experiences.
Cultural awareness of other countries - healthcare, economical, politics and the political influences on healthcare. Attitudes and values with regard to nursing within own country and country visited.; nursing role within another country, stranger role; concepts of care and health; evaluation of healthcare.
Reflection; self management, personal and professional development.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours100.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reflective diary
Researching information regarding country to be visited
Travel preparation
Preparing tutorial discussions

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students undertake several contact points where progression organising the exchange can be discussed and assessed e.g
- contact with the exchange coordinator are discussed,
- accommodation has been sorted and is acceptable.
- Students are aware of any country specific information re vaccinations, customs, regulations etc
• Completion of the risk assessment enables confidence the student is preparing for the exchange and highlights any areas of concern so action plans can be agreed and set.
- Contact numbers and mechanisms agreed.

Joint session on common topics are shared with DONE 3007 students

Students undertake a reflective session on return to discuss initial thoughts, feelings and impressions and share with other students. This is then built upon in the second reflective session to begin a more critical analysis of experiences and to identify the topic/theme for more in depth analysis to be used as the assessment topic/theme.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationPresentation 20 mins with 10 mins questions100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The presentation will consist of 5-7 slides covering the following themes: - Brief over view of healthcare systems with some critical analysis of the differences/similarities between the UK and host country - Critical analysis of a topic/theme that has interest the student demonstrating an understanding of cultural and political history/structure that may have contributed to the differences between the UK and host country - Key learning messages for the topic/theme review - Further slides to include Title slide, summary slide which could also be used as a poster for conferences/sharing of experiences, reference slides. - 10 minutes of questioning

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/08/2019


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