SA4D2      Half Unit
Global Health and Population Change

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Arjan Gjonca OLD.M2.25


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 Global Health, 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 looking at the relationship of population change and global health. It follows a multidisciplinary approach by integrating demography, public health and epidemiology. A strong component of the course is the policies required to cope with these challenges for global health coming from population changes worldwide.  The course does not only take a theoretical approach, but it is also evidence based.  This relationship between population change and health will be analysed in its dynamic.  Another important aspect of the course is that it will focus on what will happen in the future of global health as a result of anticipated population changes.

Some of the main topics covered are: Some of the main topics addressed in this course are the relationship between epidemiological transition and population change; the relationship between poverty, health and population change; the course of HIV/AIDS epidemic and demographic dynamics; health inequalities and urbanisation; nutrition and health; ageing and its effects on the burden of different chronic diseases.  It also covers basic techniques and measurement of health, mortality and morbidity.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours 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

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 7.1
Merit 66.4
Pass 24.8
Fail 1.8

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2015/16: 41

Average class size 2015/16: 14

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills

Course survey results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

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

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 87%



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