DV458      Half Unit
Key issues in Global Health and Development

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Tiziana Leone CON 8.11


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health and International Development. This course is available on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc in Political Economy of Late Development and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Places will be allocated with priority to ID and joint-degree students.  If there are more ID and joint-degree students than DV458 can accommodate, these places will be allocated randomly.  Non-ID/Joint Degree students will be allocated to spare places by random selection with the preference given first to those degrees where the regulations permit this option

Course content

The course provides an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to global health and health system trends in less developed societies. The course examines the main determinants of health issues as they relate to development and their principal consequences, policies (and their politics) to improve health and development; barriers to implementing those policies; and identifying ways of overcoming those barriers. Drawing on disciplines such as political science, health policy, demography, sociology and economics, this course argues for the need to improve global health equity in order to contribute to development. It will equip students with the skills needed to work in and help to improve mainstream global health organisations such as WHO, WB, Gates Foundation and MSF among others. The course is political in that it adopts a set of normative values such as equality, social justice and human rights which challenge the neoliberal underpinnings of some global health policy and practice.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to prepare a seminar presentation and complete a mock exam during MT.

Indicative reading

The course is supported by an electronic reading list. There is no single key text.  


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the January exam period.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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