SA4D1 Half Unit
Health and Population in Contemporary Developed Societies
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Prof M Murphy, OLD M2.23.
For MSc Health, Population and Society; MSc International Health Policy; MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics); MSc Social Research Methods and other Master's students where programme regulations permit. There are no pre-requisites.
This course brings together the main issues in health, population and society in developed countries, including the role of social and biological factors in determining health and mortality. Course content includes the relationship between health and societal changes: family changes and their implications for population health; social support and health, health of older people and coping with ageing in the 21st century. Prospects for health and mortality in decades to come. Definition and use of measurements of health; self-reported, 'objective' measures and health service use indicators. Trends in inequalities in health and the explanations for these. Key issues in public health in developed countries especially in the light of expected demographic changes. Policy responses to health, population and societal changes.
10 weekly lectures and 10 weekly seminars, MT.
A detailed reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.
A 2,000-word essay to be submitted in the first week of the LT (25%) and a two-hour written examination in the ST (75%).