Institute for Global Health


Second Year Student Selected Component

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Global Health  

Developed to engage students in international health issues, this is an interesting and fun SSC that takes place over 8 weeks in term one. During this time, there will be a mixture of formal teaching and self-directed learning towards specific objectives and tasks set throughout the duration of the course. The teaching is delivered by expert speakers and tutors whose backgrounds range from academia and policy making to clinical practice and campaigning.

The course is appropriate for students who have a desire to work overseas at some stage in their career as well as those who are looking for a greater understanding of health issues around the globe. The course is assessed by attendance, a poster presentation and peer review.


Both the determinants of health and the organisation of healthcare are increasingly being considered within a global rather than national context.

Whether medicine is practised in the UK or overseas, populations served by health systems are now more diverse and their needs more complex than ever before. This SSC aims to provide an overview of global processes involved in health and healthcare as well as provide the opportunity to explore associated issues not covered in the core medical curriculum.


    · To develop students' understanding of the importance of considering health on a global as well as national scale

    · To develop students' understanding of the interventions in sub-genres of Global Health

    · To help students to understand the developments in the discipline of Global Health

    · To help students to understand the causes and consequences of health inequalities within as well as between countries

      Examples of sessions:

        · Introduction to global health

        · Climate change and health

        · Conflict and gender based violence

        · Nutrition and health

        · Intimate partner violence

        · Participatory interventions

        · Global mental health

          For information please contact the Course Director, Shivani Singh