PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Population Health major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit introduces students to the concepts of public health, globalisation and the global health agenda. It examines the major threats to global health within the context of the political, economic and demographic changes taking place globally and within specific regions. 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.
Students are able to (1) explain and compare the different patterns and causes of health and disease nationally, regionally and globally; (2) identify the concepts and processes of globalisation and their potential impact on health in different populations; (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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Justin Denny
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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