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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF3140 Health Policy and Development

20 creditsClass Size: 55

Module manager: Ricky Kalliecharan

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Nov View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Two years of satisfactory completion of medical undergraduate course and selection for entry by Module Leader or representative.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module interrogates current debates around health, equity and development. It introduces critical perspectives and questions some of the ideologies and assumptions lying behind health policies and development approaches. Through an analysis of key health policy issues, the module explores the complex, messy and political world of health policy making.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of different definitions of political, social and economic development;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between development, poverty and health, with particular reference to equity issues;
- Give examples of and explain the role that different actors at local, national and international level might play in promoting health;
- Explore the role the health sector might play in improving people's health, given the inter-sectoral origins of many health problems;
- Critically analyse health policies and health policy processes, using case studies as examples.

Learning outcomes
Knowledge of models of health and development, and frameworks for policy analysis will allow students to:
a) Analyse health policies;
b) Examine the role that different stakeholders at local, national and international level, might play in promoting health.

Skills outcomes
Application of policy analysis frameworks; application of critical thinking skills


The module will include the following topics:
- Overview of health policy development
- Models of health and development
- Health policy analysis and frameworks
- Equity, gender and health
- Policy actors and policy processes
- Case studies:
-- Mental health
-- Governance and corruption
-- Climate change

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment23.006.00
Group learning23.006.00
Independent online learning hours14.00
Private study hours144.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study includes:
- Preparing for, and conducting assignments: 80 hours. This represents approximately 24 hours for assignment one (worth 30%) and approximately 56 hours for assignment two (worth 70%).
- Reading prior to and following each seminar, lecture, and group learning session. In some cases, this will be linked to the involvement in the web-based discussion forum.

Independent online learning will include involvement in module specific web-based discussion forum (approximately 1 hour x 14 sessions).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Observation of class discussion, presentations and group work - verbal feedback given by lecturer
Monitoring of discussion in module-specific web-based forum
Assignments - written feedback given by marker

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,000 words30.00
Poster PresentationPoster with abstract (equivalent to 2,500 words)70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:42:19


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