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Determinants of Health (CO7001)

Module Coordinator:               Prof Joe Barry & Dr  Michael O’Toole
ECTS Value:                             5

This module will introduce students to some of the differing perspectives on the determinants of global health. Our aim is to give some insight into how people in different disciplines construct, or make sense, of similar problems. The disciplines covered in this module are some of those which make a contribution to understanding problems in Global Health but which are not studied, as disciplines, elsewhere on the Masters programme. It is important to understand some of the assumptions different disciplines may be working with and some of the unique benefits their understanding can contribute.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
•          Identify the distinct contribution of some of the different disciplines that contribute to global health
•          Critically   analyse   the   strengths   and   weaknesses   of   different   disciplines   and   identify the opportunities and challenges of interdisciplinary work

Module Content

  • Poverty, inequalities and the sustainable development goals
  • Global mental health
  • Climate change
  • Substance use
  • Communicable disease
  • Bio-pharmaceuticals
  • Anthropological perspective
  • Political perspective

Indicative Resources

  • The WHO website on DoH, in particular the report “closing the gap in a generation”

  • WHO Commission on Social Perspectives in Global Health. Challenging inequity through health systems. Final report. 2007. and/or
  • Marmot M. et al.  Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social Perspectives in Global Health. Lancet  2008. 372 1661
  • Agenda, F. (2014). Lancet Editorial: Grand convergence: a future sustainable development goal?. The Lancet, 383(9913), 187-280.

Lecture notes and additional materials will be posted on Blackboard.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
A range of teaching methods will be used which encourage participation and interrogation of perspectives by students.  Lecturers will present some basic tenets of their discipline, which students will be required to apply to a Global Health Case Study.  Students will be assigned to groups, which will be tasked with jointly producing a report, which critiques an allocated Global Health Case Study and evaluates how different disciplinary approaches may contribute to that study.

Methods of Assessment
The marks for this module are awarded:
a) as a group mark for the merit of an 8,000 word written report (80%)
b) as an individual peer-assessed mark for each person’s contribution to the process of the group, including the writing of the report (10%)
c) a reflective piece (500-1000 words) in which the student will critique their own contribution to the process (10%).  The assessment therefore evaluates content and process.  Each group report will be assessed by at least two instructors.   Individual contributions to the group process will be assessed by other members of the groups with all participants using standardised forms to rate each other.

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