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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

NUFF5505M Programmatic Responses to Key Issues in International Health

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Mayeh Omar

Taught: 1 Nov to 31 Dec View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications






This module is mutually exclusive with


Module replaces

NUFF5085M Challenges and Opportunities in International Health

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will identify and analyse key challenges and major global issues in international health and review various approaches for developing adequate and appropriate responses to these problems, especially in a resource poor setting. The students will work throughout the module towards developing a plan/programme proposal for responding to a specific international health issue.


The aim of this module is to develop the students' understanding of different responses to key international health issues, through an exploration of communicable and non-communicable disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, and natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. It will develop the students' critical understanding of a pro-equity approach to international health, and it will develop their understanding of how international health can be improved through the use of evidence to support the implementation of health programmes.

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- apply epidemiological and analytical tools and concepts in examining international health issues and priorities
- apply programme management and planning skills to address key issues in international health
- describe how nutrition impacts upon health in different contexts especially of poverty and vulnerability, and relate this to responses for malnutrition
- describe and critically evaluate different responses to key communicable and non-communicable diseases in different contexts
- describe and critically evaluate programmatic responses to key issues related to maternal and child health
- identify health needs and plan programmatic responses to natural disasters and complex humitarian emergencies

Learning outcomes
Students will be able to apply epidemiological tools and concepts, and other analytical tools, in examining international health issues from an equity perspective, and in developing appropriate responses to these issues.

Skills outcomes
On completion of the module, key skills will include:
- ability to critically analyse the planning and managment of health programmes
- ability to think independently to develop appropriate, pro-equity responses to key international health issues


Outline syllabus of the module will cover the following topics/issues:
1. Introduction to management of health programmes
2. Programmatic responses to communicable diseases
3. TB and TB programmes
4. Programmatic responses to non-communicable diseases
5. Health planning (setting programme objectives)
6. Programmatic responses to maternal and neonatal health
7. Child health and Integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI)
8. Nutrition and programmatic responses to malnutrition
9. Conflicts, disasters and emergencies (workshop)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning71.5010.50
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- library and online learning: 17 hours
- preparing for assignment: 30 hours
- reading during course: 70 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Observation of class discussion and group work - verbal feedback given by lecturer/tutor
- Group work - verbal feedback both on the content and process will be provided by the teacher

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProgramme proposal following a specified structure - 3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assessment is set during week one of teaching for the module. The assignment is submitted two weeks after the end of teaching for the module. Precise dates vary from year to year.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/05/2024 11:42:15


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