Not available in 2020/21
DV461      Half Unit
Critical Population Health Issues in High and Middle-Income Countries

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Arjan Gjonca OLD.2.45


This course is available on the MSc in Global Health Policy and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


No pre-requisites are required for this course.

Course content

This course brings together key issues on the social and environmental determinants of population size and structure and population health in high and middle income countries from a multidisciplinary approach including a range of social science disciplines, epidemiology, demography and public health. This course reflects the developments of research in recent years on health trends and differentials. Topics addressed in this course include the relationship between health and economic change such as the effect of recession; divergent trends in Western European and former USSR states; family changes and their implications for population health; role of early-life events; social support, social capital and health; socio-demographic determinants and consequences of ageing at the individual and population level; comparison of trends in established market economies and BRICS; policy responses to inequalities in health; prospects for mortality and morbidity change - a compression of morbidity?


15 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

One 1,500 word formative essay in MT.

Indicative reading

Merson, MH, Black, ER, Mills, AJ. (2012) Global Health: Diseases, Programmes, Systems, and Policies, London: Jones & Barlett Learning; Burlington, MA; London.

Berkman L. F., Kawachi, I. and Glymour, M. M. (2014) Social Epidemiology (2nd ed.); Oxford University Press; Oxford; New York.

Marmot, M. (2010) The Marmot review final report: Fair society, healthy lives: University College London.

Wilkinson, R.G. and Pickett, K. (2009) The spirit level: why more equal societies almost always do better; Bloomsbury Press; London; New York.

Bowling, A (2017) Measuring Health: A Review of Subjective Health, Well-being and Quality of Life Measurement Scales: McGraw-Hill Education.


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

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

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