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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to global health and its related concepts. It examines the historical and ongoing changes to the political, social, and economic contexts of populations and their impact on health. Topics covered include global patterns of health and disease; the trends and causes of infectious, chronic and environmental disease; demographic, social, economic and political change; poverty; global partnerships; and financing of health and economic improvement. The unit highlights how major health issues transcend local, national and international boundaries. The academic objectives of the unit are to provide students with the knowledge to discuss major global events and changes taking place and their consequence on health; and skills to participate effectively in initiatives aimed at health improvement as well as efforts to minimise global health risks.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Public Health major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Human Sciences and Data Analytics major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) explain and compare the different patterns and causes of health and disease nationally, regionally and globally; (2) describe historical and ongoing changes to the political, social, and economic contexts of populations and their impact on health; (3) describe the role of global governance and examples of global action addressing current health issues; (4) explain how major threats to health, and our responses, transcend local, national and international boundaries; (5) demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills; and (6) experience working in teams to produce an outcome.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project and presentation on a major global health issue; (2) mid-semester and end-of-semester examination; and (3) tutor and peer assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dani Barrington
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week online pre-recorded lecture
tutorials: 2 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.