UCL Summer School


Global Health: Local and International Perspectives

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Shivani Singh
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (40%), Essay outline (10%), Essay (50%)
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Global Health: Local and International Perspectives

Module overview

This module will provide an introduction to the discipline of global health. Each week will be framed around the ‘wicked problems’ facing our world and the ways in which the individual can engage with global issues.

Topics covered include access and availability of healthcare, inequality, poverty, ethics, aid, and the key actors in global health. Each week will begin with a UK case study relating to a core topic, and end with an excursion to a local site of significance in the development of the global health discipline. These excursions will link UCL's core value of equality with the rich history of social welfare and public health that began in London in the 1700s.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have developed an understanding of the relationship between the health of the individual and their socio-political circumstances
  • Understand the impact of international and national actors on health at local level, and how health policy is developed
  • Understand the different types of health systems, using case studies from around the globe
  • Understand major theoretical debates within the discipline, and be able to engage with the literature
  • Be able to define key terms and concepts around health, poverty, and inequality, and have developed critical analysis skills through workshops and presentations.

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 10-minute presentation with slides (40%)
  • 500-word essay outline (10%)
  • 2,500-word essay (50%)

Module leader

Shivani Singh is a Teaching Fellow with the Institute for Global Health and the Course Director of Global Health Undergraduate Programmes. She teaches on a variety of interdisciplinary courses around health, politics, and qualitative methodology. Her research has been focussed on informal settlements in India and she is more broadly interested in looking at health in urban low income settings.

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