• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Kelly
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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.  

Learning Outcomes

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:

    1.       Demonstrate an understanding of global disease patterns, the importance of health information systems, and the framework for action.

    2.       Understand the structure of health systems and their variability across high and middle and low income countries

    3.       Identify infectious diseases that impact significantly upon the health of the global population; their determinants and strategies for control. 

    4.       Examine epidemiological, nutritional, and health transitions (including maternal and child health), and identify determinants operating in affected population.

    5.       Identify causes and patterns of injuries and major chronic non-communicable diseases, their determinants; and preventative measures.

    6.       Critically evaluate global response strategies to complex emergencies, post-conflict and disaster preparedness, and public health issues relating to refugees and displaced persons.

      Indicative Assessment

      • Participation in 12 tutorials (10%), and 12 Wattle online discussion forums (10%) – total 20% - LO1-6
      • Session quiz questions (12 sessions) - 10% - LO 1-6
      • Assignment: Viewpoint paper – 30% - LO 1-6
      • Assignment: Disease control program – 40% LO 1-6

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      1-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 Texts

      Detels et al (Eds) 2015. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6th ed). Oxford University Press.

      Preliminary Reading

      As 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 Knowledge

      A health care background is recommended but not essential. Basic knowledge of epidemiology and statistics would be an advantage


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      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

      If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2018 $4320
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2018 $5760
      Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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      First Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      4716 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A
      4717 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A

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