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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF5065M Key Issues in International Health

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: John Walley

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Oct View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications






This module is mutually exclusive with


Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide a foundation and a vocabulary of ideas and concepts, an understanding of the key issues in international health.The students will also develop an understanding of the key players in international health, and of the historical developments, current priorities, and emerging issues, and how these shape international health practice.


The aim of this module is to introduce the students to key international health issues, the essentials of basic epidemiology, and the key vocabulary and concepts of international health, as well as to provide a broad understanding of the main actors in international health.

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate detailed understanding of global patterns of ill-health, with particular reference to priority communicable and non-communicable diseases
- demonstrate detailed understanding of the burden of disease and transition
- relate key global health issues to a critical understanding of health determinants in different international contexts
- critically discuss the roles of key actors in international health

Learning outcomes
- Students will be able to use core epidemiological tools and concepts to describe and compare health status and key trends in international health.
- Students will be able to use core analytical tools to examine the determinants of health in different health contexts.

Skills outcomes
- Be able to critically analyse the impact of the social, economic and political factors on the distribution and spread of diseases of international health importance;
- Be able to access and use information on international health issues;
- Be able to communicate information and ideas to others, verbally and non-verbally.


Outline syllabus of the module will cover the following topics/issues:

1. Introduction to key issues in international health
2. Determinants of health
3. Global patterns of ill-health
4. Introduction to epidemiology - measuring and describing health
5. Priority communicable diseases
6. Priority non-communicable diseases
7. Working together to improve international health: key actors, partnerships and special programmes

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours123.00
Total Contact hours27.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- class preparation: 18
- preparing for assignment: 40
- reading during course: 65

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

This will be done through:
- observation of class dynamics, discussions and group work - verbal feedback will be given by the teacher
- group work - verbal feedback on both the content and process of the assessed presentation will be provided by the teacher

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationEqivalent to 3000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assessment is set during week one of teaching for the module and is submitted two weeks after the end of teaching for the module. Precise dates vary from year to year. The assessment elements compensate for each other.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2024


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