- Code POPH8102
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Population Studies, Public Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2016
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This course introduces the field of Global Health, which is the health of populations at the global scale. The current global disease patterns will be highlighted and the major communicable and non-communicable diseases affecting the globe will be explored in terms of their epidemiology, impact, determinants, and strategies for control. The role of health information systems will also be discussed along with the framework for response from the global health community.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of global disease patterns, the importance of health information systems, and the framework for action of the global health community and its key stakeholders.
- Understand the structure of the healthcare systems and its performance in high and middle-low income countries
- Identify major pandemic, endemic and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases that impact upon the global population; their determinants and strategies for control
- Examine epidemiological, nutritional, and health transitions (including maternal and child health), and identify determinants and inequalities operating in affected populations
- Identify causes and patterns of major chronic non-communicable diseases and injuries, proximate and underlying determinants; and preventative approaches to behavioural risk factors
- Critically evaluate global response strategies to complex emergencies, post-conflict and disaster preparedness, and public health issues relating to refugees and displaced persons
Indicative AssessmentParticipation in tutorials (weekly) (10%) and Wattle forum discussions (10%) (8 forums, regular): total (20%) – LO 1-6
Assignment: Evaluation of global health systems (40%) – LO 1-6
Assignment: Development of a specific disease control program (40%) – LO 1-6
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Workload1-hour sessions of online delivered lectures as well as 2 hrs face to face tutorials per week for 12 weeks; plus a 1-hr wrap-up session at the end of semester. Students are expected to undertake a further 7-8 hours per week of independent study.
Prescribed TextsDetels et al (Eds) 2015. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6th ed). Oxford University Press.
Preliminary ReadingAs above
Jamison et al. 2006. Disease control priorities in developing countries. (2nd ed). Oxford University Press and The World Bank. Accessible online http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11728/toc
Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 collaborators. 2015. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60692-4
Lancet Commission on Investing in Health. 2013. Global Health 2035: a world converging within a generation. The Lancet. 382(9908):1898–01955.
Nathanson et al. 2011. A comparison of five introductory textbooks in global health. Global Public Health. 6(2): 210-19.
- Essentials of global health, by R. Skolnik, Sudbury, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.
- Understanding global health, edited by W.H. Markle et al, Columbus, McGraw Hill, 2007.
- Global health, an introductory textbook, by A. Lindstrand et al, Denmark, Studentlitteratur, 2006.
- An introduction to international health, by M. Seear, Toronto, Canadian Scholars Press, 2007.
- Introduction to global health, by K.H. Jacobsen, Sudbury, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.
Popkin, BM. 1994. The nutrition transition in low-income countries: an emerging crisis. Nutrition Reviews. 52: 285-98.
Rosling H. 2009. Let my dataset change your mindset (debunking third world myths through data) http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_at_state Gapminder Foundation; Karolinska Institute.
WHO. 2008. Commission on Social Determinants of Health: final report. World Health Organization, Geneva.
Assumed KnowledgeA health care background is recommended but not essential. Basic knowledge of epidemiology and statistics would be an advantage
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9928||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|