The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course will focus on health issues that transcend national boundaries and on regions disproportionately affected by poverty and ill-health. It will bring together participants to share experiences, and to further their understanding of the relationships between poverty, development, social and other determinants of health, and of global health emergencies. A series of case studies will be used to explore and illustrate these issues. Students will apply their learning to a global health priority area and develop a plan for a local intervention that contributes to improving global health.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe some basic terms related to Global Health;

2. Explain and critically evaluate health transitions and the relationships between poverty, development and other the social determinants of health;

3. Identify and critique the role of current Groups and Organizations in Global Health and that of Development Assistance for Global Health;

4. Analyse current cross cutting issues and evidence based responses in Global Health; and

5. Discuss different health impacts in response to global emergencies and population displacement.


This course will include the following topics:

  1. Health for All;
  2. Health, Wealth and Development;
  3. Infectious Diseases;
  4. Non Communicable Diseases;
  5. Sexual and Reproductive Health;
  6. Child & Adolescent Health;
  7. Mental Health;
  8. Environmental Health; and
  9. Emergencies and Population Displacement.

Assumed knowledge

Students will have a qualification or experience in a health-related field, and will have an understanding of the basic principles of public health.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials will be available for Callaghan on-campus students. Online delivery with provision of course notes supplemented by online discussion will be available for internal and external students.


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term