Subject details

  • Topics
    • Overview of International health
    • Patterns of disease and health in developed countries
    • Resurgent and emergent diseases
    • Health impact of globalisation and climate change
    • The background and context of primary health care
    • Models of health and illness
    • Health program policy, planning and evaluation
    • Health and development
    • The socio-cultural context of health and illness
    • The economics of health care
    • Health and community development
    • Community participation
    • Health workers
    • Common, major health problems
    • The HIV/AIDS epidemic
    • Immunisation, family planning & reproductive health
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. determine the economic, political and cultural factors contributing to the control of major diseases and illness in developing and developed countries
  2. critically examine the major patterns of morbidity and mortality in developed and developing countries
  3. appraise the particular health problems of deprived and isolated commsubjecties in both developed and developing countries
  4. critically review the characteristics, history and scope of primary health care with particular relevance to program policy, planning and evaluation in the control of major diseases and illnesses in developing and developed countries
  5. synthesise social science, epidemiological and biomedical approaches to analyse a primary health care program.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Overview of international health, patterns of disease and health in developed and developing countries, resurgent and emergent diseases and the health impact of globalisation, climate change and militarism. Background and context of primary health care, health program policy, health and development, the sociocultural context of health and illness, the economics of health care, and health, community development and community participation. Common major health problems (diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, malnutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS epidemic), family planning and reproductive health.

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