Institute for Global Health


Essentials of Global Child Health

Child health programmes are going through a challenging phase as they try to meet global targets and deal with the need for evidence-based intervention.  This module provides students with a background to child health interventions and examines the burden of disease, mechanisms and determinants of key childhood illnesses, evidence for essential interventions and successes and challenges of key programs.  It is relevant for mother and child health professionals, programme managers and those with an interest in public health. This module will introduce you to concepts and global issues in child health and disability.

Module Code: CIHDG005

UCL Credits: 15

Module Organisers:  Dr Zelee Hill and Dr Dan Strachan. Please direct queries to the course administration team in the first instance igh.admin@ucl.ac.uk

Who can study this course?

MSc/PG Dip Global Health and Development students, and ICH MSc Paediatric and Child Health students. Other UCL MSc/PG Dip students, TropEd students, Taster course students, Short course students.

Admission Requirements

MSc and PG Dip students: Open to all UCL MSc/PG Dip Global Health and Development, and to any UCL MSc/PG Dip students.

Taster students: UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours or an equivalent qualification.  Two academic or professional reference letters.

Short course students: Professional work experience in a relevant area and/or UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant/allied subject awarded with a 1st or 2nd class Honours or an equivalent qualification.

In addition to the above, all students must demonstrate a GOOD standard of English Proficiency and 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Course length 3 weeks 
Course dates 8 to 26 January 2018
Days and times Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 09.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.00


Topics typically included:

  • History and perspectives of child health
  • Main causes of child mortality, morbidity and disability
  • Mechanisms, interventions and programmes for: newborn health, vaccine preventable diseases, nutrition, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS and mental health
  • Disabilities
  • Child development and developmental delay
  • Child protection
  • Child health in the community
  • Adolescent health

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures with in-depth discussions, group work including case studies, assignment and self-study.


Essay 100% (2000 words)

Assessment Date

The essay should be submitted by 9 am on 29 January 2018.


Participants usually have a background in public health, through either training or work experience

Selected Reading List

Bryce J, Victora CG, Black RE (2013). The unfinished agenda in child survival. Lancet 382(9897):1049-59.