PUB HLTH 3122 - International Health III

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2015

This course introduces students to the basic principles of international health, in order to give them a better understanding of the wider context of health systems and public health across various countries.. The course provides an overview of health systems and public policy issues in low and middle-income countries, and covers concepts such as the transition during development, globalization and health, financing and organisation, as well as the role of the private sector, non-government-organisations and international organisations. The course is designed to provide a background for working with communities and organisations that are responsible for funding and/or providing health care and health promotion in developing and transition countries. There is a focus on the social determinants of health and global health equity. With the help of case studies, the course provides an understanding about the delivery of health care, public health and health promotion in disadvantaged communities. The lectures and case studies discussion highlights the role of communities, clients, community based organisations, public and private sector providers and funding agencies. Factors facilitating access, quality, cost and fairness of services and programs are discussed.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 3122
    Course International Health III
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive - a minimum of 36 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Pass in Level 1 Medicine OR at least 24 units of Undergraduate study (with PUB HLTH 2005 Essentials of Epidemiology OR MEDIC ST 1000B part 2, 1st year OR DEVT 2100 Poverty & Social Development)
    Assumed Knowledge PUB HLTH 1001 and PUB HLTH 1002
    Restrictions Available to B Health Sci, MBBS, B Develop St and B Psychology students only
    Assessment combination of essay, group presentation, written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mohammad Mahmood

    Course Coordinator: Mohammad Afzal Mahmood
    Phone: +61 8313 4637
    Location: Level 8, Hughes Building

    Learning and Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8313 2128
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Define the major contemporary international public health and health system issues, particularly those affecting people in developing countries
    2 Discuss factors that contribute to poor health internationally
    3 Describe salient features of some of the health care systems across the world, and discuss factors that influence the quality of care, and access and equity
    4 Discuss the facilitating and inhibiting factors for implementation of public health programs internationally
    5 Analyse the factors influencing quality of care, particularly within the context of developing countries’ health system; and present findings based on case study discussions
    6 Critique developmental, public health and health systems related actions that are being taken to address that issue.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    An electronic copy of the International Health Course Handbook is provided to all students at the start of the course. A pdf version is made available on MyUni before the course starts. The Handbook lists the journal articles and other resources for each topic. The URL to these readings are provided with the list (Course Readings are appended at the end of this profile).
    Recommended Resources
    The following books provide useful readings on various important health issues affecting populations in developed and developing countries, and describe the health systems and their components in necessary detail.

    Merson MH, Black RE, Mills AJ (eds.) 2006. International Public Health: Disease, Programs, Systems, & Policies. 2nd Edition. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Sabudy, Massachusetts.

    Jamison DT, Breman JG, Measham AR, Alleyne G , Claeson M , Evans DB, Jha P, Mills A, Philip Musgrove (eds.) 2006. Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press, New York (available at: ).
    Online Learning
    Assignments and end of examination related information is available on MyUni. The students are encouraged to use MyUni discussion board. The links to online resources including relevant videos on YouTube are provided as part of the reading list within the Course Handbook.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course lectures provide factual information, introduce public health concepts and provide an opportunity to the class for discussing the concepts in an interactive lecture setting. Lectures are supported by interactive tutorials designed to develop and clarify topics covered in lectures. Case Studies and associated presentation provide opportunities to use a problem-oriented approach to identify and discuss (first in small group and then with the whole class) the key concepts. Assignments provide an opportunity to undertake in depth analysis of some key concepts of the course.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. International Health course is a three full days and four half days intensive course. It is estimated that about 140 hours of study are required to fully comprehend the concepts introduced through lectures and case studies, and to complete the assignment and prepare for the end of semester examination. Lectures, tutorial, project work 32 hrs, pre-course readings for lectures 10 hours, preparation for tutorials 8 hrs, readings during the one week intensive 15 hours, presentation 6 hr, summation tests 4 hours, essay 60 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is a one week intensive covering the following topics:
    Lecture Introduction to the course, objectives, assignments
    Lecture International health context current issues
    Lecture Current international health issues
    Tutorial Tutorial / Case Study
    Lecture Health System of the World - Organisation
    Tutorial &
    Case Studies
    Health System of the World - Organisation
    Case Studies
    Lecture Global Communicable Disease Burden
    Lecture Communicable Disaeases: Determinants
    Tutorial Communicable disease determinants
    Lecture Communicable disease prevention
    Lecture Non-Communicable disease burden
    Case Studies Organisation, Access, Equity, Quality
    Lecture Non-communicable disease determinant
    Lecture Cultural Context of Health & Health Care
    Tutorial Health Promotion / Case Studies
    Lecture Health System of the World - Acces & Equity
    Seminar Rural/Aboriginal Health Services
    Case Studies Organisation, Access, Equity, Quality
    Lecture Health systems of the world: Quality
    Lecture Health systems of the world: Finance
    Tutorial Health systems of the world
    Lecture & Discussion Maternal Health: Scope, Significance, Factors Influencing mother's helath, Programs
    Case Study Organisation, Access, Equity, Quality
    Lecture Health Care in Urban and Rural Areas
    Lecture Role of UN, NGOs and CBOs
    Presentation Students' Presentations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Participation Summative 10% 2, 3, 5
    Case studies & Presentation Summative 10% 2, 3, 5
    Assignment 2 Quiz Summative 15% 2-6
    Assignment 3 Quiz Summative 15% 2-6
    Essay (description) Summative 20% 1-6
    Essay (critique) Summative 30% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1. (Participation and Presentation) The participation in lectures, tutorials, case study discussions carries 10% marks (each individual student). Presentation carries 10% marks. Students are required to review and discuss, in small groups, the case studies that are provided. They are then required to present (in small groups) the salient features of the health systems with particular reference to access to primary care and preventative and health promotion services/inputs. Each small group of students will present for about 15 minutes. The presentation will highlight the dimensions of the health issue, and health system and public health program concerns as presented in the case studies. The presentation could be made using flip charts or electronically. In total, participation and presentation carries 20% marks (which include the marks for active participation [10%] in all tutorials and case studies discussions, correct insights into the extent and dimensions of the problem, relevance to the academic objectives of the case-study, and clarity.

    Assignment 2 & 3 (Quiz) Students will be required to complete online quiz (multiple choice, and short one paragraph answers). The questions will test knowledge about the principles and concepts of international health, including the principles of prevention and health promotion within the national/international development and health system context, epidemic control, factors affecting access to case, sustainability and health financing. Each of the two quizzes includes short answer questions, and carries 15% marks.
    Due Date Assignment 2: TBA
    Due Date Assignment 3: TBA

    Assignment 4. (Essay): Write a 3000 word essay describing the situation in one country with regard to a significant health issue affecting a large number of people in that country. The students are required to critique developmental, public health and health systems related actions that are being taken to address that issue. The critique should be based on relevant international literature and should include discussion about the determinants, relevant social, cultural and health system factors, approaches and measures to manage the issue, and strengths and weaknesses of the measures to manage that issue. The students should structure their essay with headings and sub-headings such as background, context and extent of the problem in your chosen country, recommended strategies to address that issue, actions taken, and strengths, barriers and weaknesses. The assignment 4 has two sections: (1) Description, of about 1000 words, of the situation with regard to the public health issue and the health system in the chosen country/community. This description should highlight, briefly the extent and dimensions of the issue, important determinants, and the relevant health system and/or public health program. This section carries 20% marks. This section should reflect students’ understanding about the health systems and public health organisational concepts; and (2) Critique, of about 2000 words, as mentioned above. The critique carries 30% marks.
    Due Date: TBA
    Statement of Acknowledgement of Original Work
    By submitting any assignment in this course you are agreeing to the following:

    I declare that all material in this assessment is my own work except where there is clear acknowledgement and reference to the work of others. I have read the Academic Honesty and Assessment Obligations for Coursework Students Policy

    I give permission for my assessment work to be reproduced and submitted to other academic staff for the purposes of assessment and to be copied, submitted and retained in a form suitable for electronic checking of plagiarism.

    You should be aware that your assessment work may be submitted for electronic checking of plagiarism.

    Electronic Submission of Assignments
    All students must submit the assignment 4 electronically, unless otherwise specified by the module coordinator.
    In addition, students are expected to check each assignment in this course for plagiarism before submitting it for assessment.
    You should ensure that you keep a copy of each assignment just in case it gets lost within the system.
    No assignment will be accepted by mail or fax without prior written agreement from the relevant module coordinator.
    Marked assignments will be returned to students within 4 weeks of completion of the task so that students can take advantage of the feedback.
    Marked assignments will be returned to students within 4 weeks of completion of the task so that students can take advantage of the feedback
    Written feedback will be provided on the marked assignments. Assignments can be collected from the Discipline of Public Health front office on the return date
    It is not possible to resubmit, redeem or substitute work once assignments have been submitted.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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