Core Module Information
Module title: Contemporary Global Issues in Public Health Taught/Blended Programme

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: HSC11163
Module leader: Martin Sharp
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module aims to examine contemporary global health issues as identified by the World Health Organization (WHO 2020). Its aim is to equip you to develop critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of the issues that impact on global health. By global health we mean health issues impacting across the world including locally, regionally and nationally in Scotland and the UK.
You will critically examine the evidence that may inform solutions to global health challenges by applying the principles of public health policy. Issues pertaining to health practice, the law and related human and equality rights will be critically examined to explore how they impact on both individuals and communities with respect to particular health needs.

Our focus on public health issues will encompass both communicable and non-communicable diseases; from a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention perspective. Examples of topics include HIV, COVID, obesity, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence. For communicable diseases we will also include public health practices in surveillance, infection control and outbreak management. We will also explore examples of the public health impact of disasters on communities and a range of associated public health responses to the management of these.
Throughout this module you will review the role of public healthcare professionals as part of a wider disciplinary team and critically analyse the value of the wider team(s) considering how this collaborative approach can positively impact on public health issues in a variety of situations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

After engaging in this module, you will be able to: -

LO 1: Critically debate global public health challenges and their impact on populations/communities in context

LO2: Critically analyse and evaluate how public health intelligence is gathered and used to inform global public health policy and practice.

LO3: Critically consider a specific communicable or non-communicable disease and an evidence based public health response at primary secondary and tertiary level

LO4: Critically appraise how a collaborative public health response can maximise public health outcomes for specific populations/communities

LO5: Critically evaluate current research and practice regarding the prevention, treatment, and control of infections worldwide.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 3, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 40
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 320
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 50 1-5 12 HOURS= 08.00, WORDS= 1000
Report 50 1-5 12 HOURS= 08.00, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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