Institute for Global Health


Health, Poverty & Development

This module provides students with an understanding of key issues in global development, combining perspectives from politics, economics and public health. The module begins with debates around what "development" means, followed by analysis of fundamental processes that influence development outcomes, such as trade, industrialisation and aid. We introduce students to concepts such as poverty and famine and look at their causes. 

The module also asks whether universal frameworks of human rights and international justice are relevant in today's multipolar world, and whether they provide a guide for the interventions of global health actors. Students taking this module come from many different backgrounds and no prior disciplinary knowledge is expected.

Tutors: tbc

Course structure: The course is ten weeks long and is taught in the first term. Each week there is a ninety-minute lecture and discussion and a ninety-minute tutorial.

Assessment: 2500 word assessed essay (100%)
Assessment for Affiliates who are here for Term 1 only: 2500 word essay (100%)


  • Introduction: understanding development
  • History of development: pre-colonial era to 1979
  • History of development: post 1979
  • Poverty conceptualisation and measurement
  • National development: states and societies
  • International aid
  • Industrialisation and governance
  • Trade
  • International rights and justice
  • Famine: entitlements, markets and politics