HLTH111-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Global Health

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Global health challenges cross international borders and responses require international cooperation. In this course we explore (1) the key and emerging challenges and opportunities facing global health, (2) major public health developments that have improved health outcomes for all and (3) identify how economic and political processes have shaped responses to global health problems.

Classes will address the following topics:
• Health and Development: Students will explore key economic and environmental developments that have reduced birth rates and improved health outcomes including sanitation, health system strengthening and the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Environmental Change, Globalization and Health: Globalization brings both threats and opportunities for public health. Classes will explore what globalization means and how it is impacting health outcomes through the spread of infectious disease and climate change.
• Chronic conditions: Mental Health and chronic conditions like diabetes are increasing exponentially across low and middle-income countries. We will explore the scope of the problem, implications for health systems and approaches to managing chronic disease.
• Infectious and maternal health conditions: remain the leading cause of death in many parts of the developed world. Yet, the means by which these diseases are being engaged with is changing dramatically with the political and economic and philanthropic contexts changing significantly – we look at key health challenges such as TB and HIV.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. An understanding of critical and emerging challenges facing global health
2. Applied the concept of globalization to understand an emerging global health challenge
3. Demonstrated awareness of key public health developments that have improved the health of populations

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 A4 Lecture Theatre (23/2, 8/3-22/3, 26/4-31/5)
A4 Lecture Theatre (1/3)
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Kaaren Mathias


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Mini assignments & class workshop participation 20%
Essay 40% Essay topic to be communicated to students
Final exam 40% To be held during the official UC End-of-year Examination period (end of Semester 1). Check the UC examination timetable for date, time and room venue. Keep up to date through this link: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All HLTH111 Occurrences

  • HLTH111-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024