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Core Modules

In order to give you a solid background of knowledge and skills in international child health, the following four modules are compulsory in Term 1 for MSc, PGDip and PGCert programmes. 

These modules run over a five-week period. You are required to attend lectures, seminars and group work for approximately 2 days per week. Details of assessment dates and times for each module will be made available during the introductory sessions.

15 credits x 4 modules = 60 credits

Concepts and Controversies in Global Health

This module will set out some of the central concepts and debates in global health in this era of rapid globalisation. You will be introduced to concepts of global health and sources of information, as well as develop a conceptual framework to illustrate the multiple determinants of health which result in inequalities in health within and between countries. A special emphasis will be placed on the broad, wider upstream determinants of health like gender, culture, health systems, the environment, socioeconomic position and employment.

Professor Therese Hesketh (UCL Institute for Global Health)

Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health

This module will equip you to understand how evidence influences change in global health policy. You will be introduced to the types of evidence used in global health research and policy making. You will explore what counts as evidence in global health and the processes through which research is translated into policy. The module will also introduce you to the principles of epidemiological study design, basic statistical and epidemiological concepts, qualitative research and critical appraisal skills.

Dr Audrey Prost UCL Institute for Global Health)
Dr Angie Wade (UCL Institute of Child Health)

Essentials of International Child Health

This module will introduce you to concepts and issues in international mother and child health and disability. You will engage in examining the basic concepts of disability, rehabilitation and advocacy and the main causes of mother and child mortality, morbidity and disability. Other key topics include child rights, nutrition, safer motherhood and immunisation.

Professor Anthony Costello (UCL Institute for Global Health)
Dr Zelee Hill
(UCL Institute for Global Health)

Health Systems in a Global Context

This module will introduce students to the fundamental elements of health systems in different parts of the world. Covering the financing and organisation of health systems, and key issues related to the demand of and supply of health care, students will be asked to critically engage with policy responses to important health system problems, as well as the overall performance of health systems. Policy programes addressed will include: equity in the financing and provision of health care; quality of care and responsiveness to heatlh system users; as well as issues related to the use of human resources, pharmaceuticals and technology in health systems. Lectures in this module are shared between MSc International Child Halth and MSc Global Health and Development students, but students will have separate, weekly tutorials focussed on aspects of health systems relevant to their degree pathway.

Mike Rowson (UCL Institute for Global Health)

Jolene Skordis-Worrall (UCL Institute for Global Health)

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