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Global Public Health and Environmental Change

Module titleGlobal Public Health and Environmental Change
Module codeHPDM033Z
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Conny Guell (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This is a fully online module.

This module introduces the concept of global health and explores worldwide health improvement/inequality reduction. Real world examples will be utilised to explore a range of public health issues of global importance from a variety of perspectives, within the context of environmental change and its predicted health impacts at both a global and a local, place-specific, level.

No pre-requisites or specialist knowledge are required to undertake this module, which is well suited to interdisciplinary learning. Delivery is via expert-led small group learning, interspersed by personal study undertaken at your own pace and supported by our internet resources.

Module aims - intentions of the module

You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary global public health in the context of unprecedented environmental change from multiple perspectives. The module aims to equip individuals with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to protect and improve health and address inequalities.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate critical appraisal of the contemporary theories and concepts that underpin the environmental and social determinants of global health and health inequalities
  • 2. Explain, utilising pertinent global health examples, approaches that can be employed to measure and improve population health in the context of environmental change

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Critically analyse and evaluate the health evidence, policies and practice that relate to the global health landscape and associated healthcare systems

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Evidence an applied and evidence-based approach to practice

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module's precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:  


Global health definitions, worldwide public health profile and health inequalities  


Global burden of disease – communicable and non-communicable diseases  


Economic and political determinants of global health 


Impact of environmental change on global health, including mental health and migration 


Communicating with the public  


Place specific, real-world examples 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities15All student online sessions: - Lectures, Q&A sessions, small-group discussions in tutorials and seminars in synchronous sessions on Teams/Zoom - Workshops in synchronous sessions on Teams/Zoom
Guided Independent Study35Session preparation and follow up work utilising resources provided on ELE including asynchronous structured materials (such as short pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, asynchronous workshop activities, discussion forum posts and so on)
Guided Independent Study100Reading and assignment preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Class discussions and small group work activitiesEach taught session 1-4Facilitator and peer feedback in synchronous or asynchronous online discussion.
Global development presentation4 minutes + Q&A1-4Oral facilitator and peer feedback in synchronous or asynchronous online discussion on what went well and what could be improved; and written formative feedback according to assessment brief and formative marking criteria.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Global development report1002000 words1-4Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Global development report (100%)Global development report (2000 words) 1-4Typically within six weeks of the result

Re-assessment notes

Please refer to the TQA section on Referral/Deferral: 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Donaldson L and Scally G. (2009). Donaldsons' Essential Public Health. 3rd Revised Edition London: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.  


Rayner G and Lang T. (2012). Ecological Public Health. Oxon: Routledge.  


White F, Stallones L and Last J. (2013). Global Public Health – Ecological Foundations. Oxford University Press, Oxford.  


ELE – PE: HPDM033 2020/21 Module Pages  

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based and electronic resources will be available 


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

An up to date reading list of journal articles will be provided on ELE.

Key words search

Global health, global public health, ecological public health, public health, health, human health, population health, disease, environment, environmental change, climate change, disaster.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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