Global Health and Sustainable Development
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Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate specialised knowledge of global health and sustainable development including the role of actors in global health, goal setting for global health improvement, and global health inequalities;(GA1, GA5, GA8)
- Critically assess the relationship between global health and the physical environment (GA2, GA4, GA5)
- Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of multi-national corporations in global health (GA3, GA6)
- Critically discuss a global response/challenge that threatens global health and sustainability (GA2, GA4, GA6, GA9)
- Topics will include:
- The role of actors in global health
- Goal setting for global health improvement
- Global health inequalities
- Global health and environmental health
- The role of multi-national corporations
- What can we learn from global health events / actions
- Case study: e.g. H1N1, HIV/AIDS, Polio eradication
- Threats to global health and sustainability
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
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We are constantly reminded that health is global in nature, affecting populations irrespective of country, culture and ideology. Responses to challenges in health therefore need to be global as well, transcending national boundaries, governments and health care systems. In addition, global health depends on development and prosperity that is achieved without irreversible depletion of natural resources and exploitation of environments. This subject will equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge related to global health and sustainable development. Students will learn about health as a human right, the concept of social justice as well as sustainability in health and the sustainable development goals. They will distinguish the terms international, global and globalization; they will identify who are the main players in global health and critique the roles that these players have; they will discuss goal setting for global health improvement as well as global health inequalities, and global health and environmental health; the role of multi-national corporations will be examined; threats to global health and sustainability will be identified. The aim will be to equip students with sufficient knowledge about global health to be able to interpret trends in the global health literature as well as deepen students appreciation of the interdependence of global health and sustainable development using contemporary examples and case studies.
A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. In order to successfully complete this unit, students need to complete and submit three graded assessment tasks and obtain an aggregate mark of greater than 50%. The assessment strategy allows students to progressively develop their knowledge and skills to the level of sophistication where they are able to critique global responses to infectious diseases and design an evaluation of a global health initiative. In order to develop the knowledge and skills required to achieve the learning outcomes and Graduate Attributes, students first demonstrate knowledge through an short answer assignment, further develop their understanding through synthesising this knowledge in the development of a critique of global responses to an environmental health challenge, and apply their understanding in a authentic way through the design of an evaluation of a global health initiative.
- Short report - Enable students to acquire, through reflection and written discussion, advanced knowledge of key concepts in global health (20%)
- Written - Enable students to assimilate knowledge and integrate theory and practice of global health challenges by critiquing a global response to an environmental health challenge. (30%)
- Written Task - Enable students to apply their understanding of global health and sustainability by designing an evaluation of a global health initiative (Graded Hurdle must pass) (50%)