Title: Global Health and Development (tropEd programme core course)
Country: United Kingdom
Institution: UK - Institute for Global Health, University College London
Course coordinator: Dr Jolene Skordis-Worrall
Date start: 2017-09-25
Date end: 2017-12-15
About duration and dates: 13.5 weeks
Classification: core course
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: London UK
ECTS credit points: 20 ECTS credits
SIT: 600 SIT; 182 contact hours, 443 self-study
Language: English

1. identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of opulations in a cross- disciplinary perspective in low- and middle income societies

- identify the major causes of global morbidity and mortality, the underlying determinants of those causes and how these have changed over the past century
- Identify the contribution of epidemiology and statistics to knowledge of the main determinants of global health
- analyse the interaction of national and global health priorities
- assess the role of social inequalities in global health
- interrogate and evaluate the role of power and politics in global health at a conceptual level

2. critically collect, analyse and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle income societies

- define key epidemiological concepts and approaches (case definition, measures of disease frequency and effect, study design types) and their strengths and weaknesses
- select and apply appropriate statistical methods for the analysis of simple data using both categorical and continuous variables
- critically distinguish between different sources of information in global health
- interpret statistical results related to specified research questions, and present the results in a clear way to a lay audience
- explain and interpret key substantive issues and case studies related to health and health care in low- and middle-income countries (such as globalisation, political aspects of Avian influenza and HIV/AIDS, and global trade agreements) design basic research

3. plan sustainable improvements of health systems considering the diverse intercultural settings as well as social and ethical responsibilities.

- outline the key elements of health system organization and financing
- distinguish different systems for delivering and financing healthcare and describe their appropriateness in different settings
- identify appropriate methods for economic evaluation of health programmes
- critically evaluate global health issues from a political perspective
- critically evaluate the range of policy responses to common health system dilemmas
- critically appraise evidence on a range of issues central to health system performance
- design basic research in an ethical manner

4. clearly communicate and work professionally in a multi-disciplinary team.

- Interpret statistical results related to specified research questions, and presenting the results in a clear way to a lay audience
- Interpret health systems within their broader contexts, and the significance of this for policy change
- synthesize knowledge from a range of disciplinary perspectives and bring this to bear in understanding how health systems, and their key components function
Focus or specific features:
The Global Health and Development core course is characterized by a strong engagement with the political economy of health and health systems at global, national and local levels. In addition to key global public health and epidemiological and statistical knowledge, students will gain insight into how responses to common global health problems are shaped by the local as well as wider social, political, economic and cultural environments, and that understanding of the dynamics of these broader forces is as essential as knowledge of disease.
Assessment Procedures:
Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
Formative 1000 word essay (0%)
100% group debate (individually marked) 10 minutes

Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
100% 2.5 hours in-class written exam consisting of a critical appraisal of an unseen quantitative peer-reviewed article with 6-8 guided questions.

Power and Politics in Global Health
100% 3000 word essay

Health Systems in a Global Context
100% unseen exam (2 hours)

For essays and group debate, students are given a range of questions/issues from which they choose one to study and explore.

Students who fail an assessment are normally permitted to re-sit the assessment one time.

The essays for the last two modules listed are submitted in mid-December and early January.

UCL has extensive guidelines and regulations regarding plagiarism and originality of student work. Students are expected to become familiar with these policies and standards and perform within them: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/guidelines/plagiarism
Content: The categories of the MIH core course criteria as defined by tropEd are:

1. Introduction
2. Health Sciences
3. Health Systems
4. Health Problems
For details please see here
This course is a mix of teaching and self-directed reading and learning. Interactive lectures are combined with seminars, group discussion and facilitated small group practical sessions. Students are encouraged and expected to contribute to discussions in a critically constructive manner. Strong emphasis is placed on private reading, self-study and reflection. Students are encouraged to incorporate their professional experience into class and group discussions as well as into course assessments.

Most of the teaching is carried out by academic staff from within the department, but lecturers may also be employed. Moodle (virtual learning environment) is used to give students access to reading materials, lecture notes, etc.

Each student is assigned a personal tutor for the duration of the course, who advises and guides the student in academic and pastoral matters.

Students have the opportunity to join in optional academic skills sessions/workshops offered within the department, in addition to skills courses offered centrally by the university.

Furthermore, UCL has a comprehensive approach to personal and professional development for students and offers a range of resources to support this process: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/keyskills/
An undergraduate or 'first' degree in medicine, nursing, social science, development studies or an allied subject, recognised by UCL and at least at 2:1 (GPA 3.3/4.0) level.

Relevant work experience is highly desirable, preferably within a developing country setting.

English language proficiency

IELTS Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.

TOEFL Standard level: Score of 94, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

For full details, see:


The maximum number of students on the course is 60; there is no nominal limit to the number of tropEd students.

Application deadlines vary each year but a general rule is early May for non-EU/UK applicants and early August for EU/UK applicants.
In addition to fulfilling the entry requirements above, candidates are required to submit a short written statement (not more than two sides of A4) detailing:
• why they wish to do the course;
• how they envisage it will help them in fulfilling their future career objectives;
• any academic and non-academic experience relevant to the content of the degree;
• specific elements of the programme that appeal to them

This statement is evaluated along with academic and professional merits of each candidate, as represented in the application and related documents.
For Core course only: Non EU/UK, GBP 5,700; UK / EU, GBP 2,900
For full Masters Degree: Non EU/UK, GBP 16,750 UK/EU, GBP 8,500

These are the fees for 2012-13. Fees normally increase annually. Euro equivalents vary based on the current exchange rate when paying. Invoices are issued in Pounds Sterling.
Two departmentally based scholarships are offered:

African Graduate Scholarships
See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health/education/msc-ghd/tabs/fees

Erasmus Mundus scholarships
For student who follow the European MSc in International Health joint degree programme
See http://www.em-troped.u-bordeaux2.fr/scholarship-description.html

Additional scholarships and funding sources are available at the UCL level
See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships
Major changes since initial accreditation:
The core course has changed to reflect new developments in global health, including a greater emphasis on health systems and the political economy of health at national and global levels.

In particular core modules on “Power and politics in global health” and “Health systems in a global context” have been revised, with greater emphasis placed on interdisciplinary teaching and learning, including involving lecturers and tutors from other UCL departments.

The core module on “Research methods and evidence for global health” has been strengthened by focusing on key epidemiological and statistical skills that students need as a basis for the degree, and broadening discussions to include qualitative research methods and critical appraisal of evidence.

Assessment procedures have not been dramatically changed, though all modules have seen assessment tweaked and timing planned in the students’ interests.
Student evaluation:
Overall we are very pleased with the general reviews given to modules on this course, and they achieve very high ratings in feedback.

Key areas for improvement identified by students include:
- The need for small tutorial groups to complement large lectures
- Small groups to have more student-led tasks to ensure that all students are involved in discussion
- Improvements in teaching of statistics
- Less overlap between “Power and politics in global health module and the module which is now called “Health systems in a global context”.
Lessons learned:
- Weekly small group is becoming a feature of most of the core modules;
- Exercises for students will be set above and beyond discussion of readings
- The statistical content of the “Research methods” module has been refined and teachers swapped
- The new health system module eliminates overlap with the power and politics module.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Madrid, May 2004. Re-accredited in Paris 2008, in June 2013 and in September 2014. This accreditation is valid until September 2019.
Feedback and quality assurance measures:
We use a range of measures, including peer observation of teaching, discussion of student feedback at teaching committee meetings, term meetings with students, course director and course administrators, end of course student evaluations, tutor feedback and discussion of course at teaching committee meetings.

Teaching and Learning Portal:
UCL has a recently developed web page that brings together resources, policies, news etc about teaching and learning at the university. This is of interest to students and staff: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/default
Email Address: a.gilry@ucl.ac.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-20 01:38:50 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-01-20 07:53:31 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2016-10-21 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-10-10 16:07:00 (W3C-DTF)

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