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ANTH832 – Global Health

2017 – S2 Evening

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Chris Lyttleton
AHH W34
by appointment
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
ANTH816 or (admission to MGlobalHlthDevStud or MPH or GradCertGlobalHlthDevStud or MDevStudGlobalHlth or GradCertDevStudGlobalHlth or MDevStud)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Global health recognizes a holistic understanding of health that transcends borders and encompasses the links and transnational movements of people, materials and ideas. This class offers a framework for understanding the complex ways health and disease intersect within a range of global contexts, institutions and practices. In order to affect change at the individual, community and global levels, we need to appreciate how human biology and health are shaped by the larger contexts in which they are embedded and the dynamic and uneven circulation of resources, technology, culture, values and people. In this class, we will examine the role of social, political-economic and environmental forces that shape patterns and the distribution of disease and health across communities and take a critical perspective when examining the underlying value systems in biomedical science, policy, health interventions, and global health practice. Particular topics include health determinants, measurements and trends; key actors in global health efforts; women's and children's health; communicable and non-communicable diseases; global mental health; nutrition; pharmaceuticals; disasters and humanitarian emergencies; science, technology and global health; and, health system design and evaluation.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesize the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  2. Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  3. Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  4. Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  5. Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations
  6. Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Participation & Facilitation 25% Weekly
Presentation 10% Weeks 6 and 7
Essay Exam 1 20% Week 8
Final Paper 45% 14 Nov

Participation & Facilitation

Due: Weekly
Weighting: 25%

Seminar attendance and participation are mandatory.  Assessment includes summary of required readings for each week


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Presentation

Due: Weeks 6 and 7
Weighting: 10%

Students will work in teams to present on history, geography, epidemiology and socio-behavioural characteristics of a particular health challenge facing global health.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations

Essay Exam 1

Due: Week 8
Weighting: 20%

A take-home essay exam with pre-set questions that cover the key concepts from first half of the semester.  


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Synthesize the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Final Paper

Due: 14 Nov
Weighting: 45%

A final paper on a topic to be chosen by student in consultation with convenor .


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations

Delivery and Resources

Seminar based discussion 

Unit Schedule

Week

Date

Seminar

Assessment

1

1 Aug

Introduction.  what is global health:  disease burden, equity, global solutions, theoretical approaches

 

2

8 Aug

Health Transitions, New infectious diseases, Structural Violence and measuring Burdens of Disease

 

3

15 Aug

Global health and its links to colonial health (pathologisation of developing world)

 

4

22 Aug

Biopower - medicalisation of perversity and its legacy in HIV programs

 

5

29 Aug

Epidemiological risk categories in practice in HIV programs – CSW and  MSM

 

6

5 Sept

Student presentations  Ebola, TB,

 

7

12 Sept

Student presentations NTDs, NCDs

 

 

Semester Break: 18 September-27 September

8

3 Oct

Consultation week

 

9

10 Oct

Market rules: a) politics of drug access and b) commodification of intimacy

 

10

17 Oct

Maternal and Infant Health

 

11

24 Oct

Global Mental Health and the Challenges of Mental Illness

 

12

31 Oct

Malaria, health security and community engagement

 

13

7 Nov

Health migration and human rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

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Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Assessment tasks

  • Participation & Facilitation
  • Presentation
  • Essay Exam 1
  • Final Paper

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Assessment tasks

  • Participation & Facilitation
  • Final Paper

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Synthesize the common anthropological, epidemiological, historical, policy, and political-economic approaches to major global health problems.
  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Assessment tasks

  • Participation & Facilitation
  • Presentation
  • Essay Exam 1
  • Final Paper

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation
  • Essay Exam 1
  • Final Paper

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss and evaluate the major issues confronting global health, including their trends, determinants, and effect on individuals and populations
  • Describe the global burden of disease, emerging global health problems, the causes and control of epidemics, and communicable and non-communicable diseases at the global level
  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations
  • Describe the particular health needs of vulnerable populations
  • Identify and evaluate the complex role and impact of policy, global institutions, non‐governmental organizations, and major funders in global health

Assessment tasks

  • Participation & Facilitation
  • Presentation
  • Essay Exam 1
  • Final Paper

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Identify the role of poverty, inequality, and structural violence in global health contexts and how health can be distributed unequally within and between populations

Assessment tasks

  • Participation & Facilitation
  • Final Paper

Changes since First Published

Date Description
27/07/2017 unit schedule has been corrected and updated