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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.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:1. An understanding of critical and emerging challenges facing global health2. Applied the concept of globalization to understand an emerging global health challenge3. Demonstrated awareness of key public health developments that have improved the health of populations
Students must attend one activity from each section.
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.
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School of Health Sciences