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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF5645M Introduction to Global and Public Health

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Mayeh Omar

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Nov View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

NUFF5315M Foundations of International Health

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module introduces you to the study of global and public health, and provides the foundation for your subsequent learning on your programmes. People and governments around the world face many complex health challenges. How can we identify what health issues to address, and how to respond to them, to enable people to live healthier lives? The module will also introduce and let you practice the key academic skills which will help you learn throughout your programme. The module has no pre-requisites.


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the study of global and public health, providing the foundation for subsequent learning on their programmes. This learning includes understanding the principles, concepts and frameworks of health; measuring and interpreting key health issues; knowing how responses to global health issues are planned and implemented; and understanding the global health policy context for such responses. The module also focusses on strengthening the key academic skills required for the (predominantly international) students to feel confident in studying at Leeds.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. critically examine global health issues, patterns and transitions and the public health response to these;
2. describe and interpret epidemiological and statistical methods that measure the burden of disease, its trends and other health needs;
3. systematically understand the relationship between the social, behavioural, economic and health system factors that determine health and disease outcomes;
4. deconstruct the structure and influence of different actors on global health policy responses;
5. comprehend and apply techniques of health planning, monitoring and evaluation;
6. use enhanced skills for postgraduate study, including critical reading, group working, preparing an assignment, data presentation and presentational skills, and use of information and communications technology.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- critically read and interpret literature and other evidence;
- construct and interpret measures of health disease burden and other health needs;
- analyse the causes and potential responses to a health issue;
- work effectively in small and large groups on specific tasks;
- plan and manage coursework using time management approaches.


Introduction to global and public health
1) Introduction - terminology and concepts
2) Determinants of health and disease
3) Introduction to health epidemiology and statistics
4) Burden of disease and the health transition
5) Gender and equity
6) Ethics and human rights
Responding to global and public health issues
7) Global health policy and actors
8) Planning for health
9) Public health responses
10) Financing for health
11) Monitoring and evaluation
12) Case study - Thackeray Medical Museum tour
Key academic skills
13) Literature searching
14) Critical reading and writing
15) Citations and referencing
16) ICT training
17) Time management
18) Group work (multiple)
The indicative syllabus is given above. The number and format of teaching sessions by topic varies. The specific syllabus for an academic year may be subject to revision by the Module Leader.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning33.007.50
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Group learning16.006.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours189.50
Total Contact hours80.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Independent online learning
- Pre- and post-session exercises, as recommended by the academic staff
- Post-session practice of ICT learning
- Completion of University plagiarism formative assessment
Private study
- Pre- and post-session reading and exercises, as recommended by the academic staff
- Preparing for practicals
- Preparation of the coursework

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students are provided with formative feedback through the opportunities listed below. Students with particular difficulties with progress during the module are encouraged to seek advice from the Module Leader or their Personal Tutor.
- Students scoring low on the formative maths and statistics skills test in week 2 are given additional support and advice.
- The Module Leader holds short feedback sessions during the module, to gauge general progress in the student group and any learning issues that need immediate attention.
- Assignment 1 marks are known before assignment 2 is handed in.
- Formative maths and statistics skills test in week 2, with results and feedback provided within 1 week
- Exercises in the practicals and lectures, with immediate group feedback from the teacher
- Some post-session exercises are accompanied by example solutions
- Completion of the University's Academic Integrity Test (online MCQ format), with immediate feedback
- Individual and group feedback on assignment 1 is returned to students before assignment 2 is submitted. Students are encouraged to approach the marker for further explanation on the feedback, or advice on improving their assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 words30.00
Report3000 words70.00
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: 24/08/2022


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