SA4D2      Half Unit
Health and Population in Developing and Transitional Societies

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Arjan Gjonca OLDM2.25


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health, Population and Society. This course is available on the MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in Health, Community and Development, MSc in International Health Policy, MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics), MSc in Population and Development, MSc in Social Policy and Development, MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course aims at analysing the relationship of population change and global health. It follows a multidisciplinary approach by integrating demography, public health and epidemiology. It brings together the main issues in global health, population and society in developing and transitional societies. The course is unique as it addresses both, the issues and measurements of health and population. Determinants of health, health consequences of HIV/AIDS epidemics, poverty and health, as well as policy responses to health and population changes are some of the issues dealt with in detail in this course.

Some of the main topics covered are: The major threats to health and mortality in developing countries and the double burden of disease. Poverty and inequalities in health in developing countries. Reducing poverty: programmes and strategies, what do we know? Health consequences of HIV/AIDS epidemics in developing and transitional societies. Ageing in developing societies 'is it a matter for concern'? Urbanisation and inequalities in health in developing countries. Child and maternal mortality in developing countries. Health and mortality crises in Eastern Europe and the Central Asian Republics. The emerging threats of health and mortality in transitional economics. Achieving 'good health at low cost' in developing countries. Main priorities for health improvements in developing countries. It also covers basic techniques and measurement of health, mortality and morbidity.


15 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures in the ST.

Indicative reading

A detailed reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 10.5
Merit 64.2
Pass 25.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 32

Average class size 2012/13: 16

Value: Half Unit

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Course survey results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 84.1%



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