• Class Number 3879
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Global Population Health
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Matthew Kelly
    • Dr Matthew Kelly
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

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.

      Additional Course Costs

      There are no additional costs in this course

      Examination Material or equipment

      No examination.

      Required Resources

      All resources are available via the Wattle site.

      There is no prescribed textbook, although students may wish to refer to Detels et al (Eds) 2015. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6th ed). Oxford University Press.

      Staff Feedback

      Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

      Feedback on assignments will be distributed through Wattle.

      General feedback will be available on coursework throughout the semester. This feedback is available to the course cohort during tutorial classes and in online forums, as well as on an individual basis outside classes. Any course participant who is having difficulty with the course or balancing the coursework with other commitments is encouraged to consult the course coordinator as early as possible.

      Student Feedback

      ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

      Other Information

      Adjustments to delivery in 2020

      Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Main changes to this course comprised adjustments to assignment due dates. For details see the course Wattle site.

      Class Schedule

      Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
      1 Introduction to Global Health Tutorial contribution
      2 Global Population Health indicators Tutorial contribution
      3 Global Health: trends and drivers Tutorial contribution and online activity
      4 Health systems Tutorial contribution
      5 Infectious Diseases: overview and global burden Tutorial contribution
      6 Vector borne diseases Tutorial contribution and first written assignment due
      7 Neglected Tropical Diseases: epidemiology and control Tutorial contribution and online activity
      8 Non-Communicable Disease and injury: the global burden Tutorial contribution
      9 Non communicable Disease: Risk factors and interventions Tutorial contribution and online activity
      10 Maternal and Child Health Tutorial contribution
      11 Public Health Emergencies Tutorial contribution
      12 Operational and implementation research in global health Tutorial contribution and second written assignment due

      Tutorial Registration

      On Wattle

      Assessment Summary

      Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
      Contribution to tutorials (weekly) 5 % 24/02/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
      Wattle online reflections, forums and activities 15 % 24/02/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
      Written assignment 1: Country profile and situational assessment 35 % 03/04/2020 24/04/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
      Written assignment 2: Disease control program 45 % 29/05/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6

      * If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


      ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

      Assessment Requirements

      The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

      Moderation of Assessment

      Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


      This course has no examination

      Assessment Task 1

      Value: 5 %
      Due Date: 24/02/2020
      Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
      Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

      Contribution to tutorials (weekly)

      Students will need to submit tutorial contributions each week. The tutorial activities will vary week by week but will generally involve interpretation or assessment of articles on global health topics, analysis and interpretation of data, recorded presentations or other activities as appropriate for that weeks material. Responses to tutorial activities will be uploaded to Wattle in the form of short written pieces, oral recordings, or results of data analysis. The purpose of this assessment task is to develop problem-solving skills, the ability to interpret global health issues and health data comprehension. These tutorial activities will be carried out and submitted through the Wattle online platform.

      Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

      Assessment Task 2

      Value: 15 %
      Due Date: 24/02/2020
      Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
      Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

      Wattle online reflections, forums and activities

      In weeks 3, 7 and 9, in addition to the regular tutorial activity students will also complete an online activity in Wattle. These will comprise participation in online forum discussions on topics nominated by the lecturer, and an online quiz.

      Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

      Assessment Task 3

      Value: 35 %
      Due Date: 03/04/2020
      Return of Assessment: 24/04/2020
      Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

      Written assignment 1: Country profile and situational assessment

      This assessment item comprises a written assignment of 1,500 words, not including tables and references.

      The assignment will involve :

      1. choosing one country
      2. Using online resources to estimate a range of demographic and health indicators for that country including life expectancy at birth, infant, child and maternal mortality rates, and leading causes of death
      3. an assessment of the implications of step 2 in terms of balance of health burden between infectious disease, non-communicable disease and injury and progression in the epidemiological transition
      4. comparing the health burden defined in steps 2 and 3 with other settings in the chosen country's region and interpreting similarities and differences
      5. defining the top 3 health priorities for the chosen country

      Assessment Task 4

      Value: 45 %
      Due Date: 29/05/2020
      Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
      Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

      Written assignment 2: Disease control program

      This assignment is a 3,000 word written assignment and will involve the development of a specific disease control program in a selected country. You will address this control program development from the point of view of a global health specialist approached by the WHO to advise the Ministry of Health (MOH) of a country of your choice on the control or management of a specific disease. You will prepare a document to be submitted to the MOH that details the disease control or management program and how it will be implemented – you will need to provide justification. The structure of the assignment should be as follows:


      What is the problem? Identify a specific disease

      What is the magnitude of that problem? Burden of the disease globally, morbidity and mortality etc..

      What is the magnitude of that problem in your selected country? Burden of disease, morbidity mortality etc.. Does any research need to be done to ascertain this info?

      What interventions or disease management are available to mitigate the disease? Globally; are they applicable to your selected country?

      Does any research need to be done?

      Control/elimination or disease management program (infectious disease or NCD)

      Develop a control/management program for the disease for your selected country. What interventions will you use? Justify your reasoning

      What partners will you use? Can it be integrated with another program?

      Control/elimination/disease management program implementation

      What is the timeframe?

      How will you implement the program? Does any research need to be done? What capacity building needs to be done?

      How will it be evaluated? What indicators will be used? How will you measure?

      What are the benefits and limitations of the program and its implementation?

      What can be done moving forward?


      Sum up

      Academic Integrity

      Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

      The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

      The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

      Online Submission

      You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

      Hardcopy Submission

      For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

      Late Submission

      Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

      Referencing Requirements

      Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

      Returning Assignments

      Assessments for the written assignments will be provided through Wattle within 3 weeks of the due date.

      Extensions and Penalties

      Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

      Resubmission of Assignments

      Students are not normally permitted to resubmit assignments. However, resubmission of assignments that failed to upload may be requested via email and must be submitted within 24 hours of request.

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      In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
      If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

      Distribution of grades policy

      Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

      Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

      Support for students

      The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

      Dr Matthew Kelly
      6125 0714

      Research Interests

      Mortality, Health Information Systems, Health transitions, Southeast Asia

      Dr Matthew Kelly

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      Wednesday 10:00 12:00
      Dr Matthew Kelly
      6125 0714

      Research Interests

      Dr Matthew Kelly

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      Wednesday 10:00 12:00

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