Title: Global Health Fundamentals I (equivalent to Core Course for the tropEd Master of International Health)
Country: Spain
Institution: Spain - Barcelona Institute for Global Health - University of Barcelona
Course coordinator: Dr. Nuria Casamitjana
Date start: 2017-09-18
Date end: 2017-12-20
About duration and dates: Dates with classroom face to face teaching: 09/2017 - 12/2017. Final integrated evaluation: TBA. In total 12 weeks of study (classes run Mondays – Fridays from 9:00h – 13:30h).
Classification: core course
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:
University of Barcelona
Faculty of Medicine
C/ Casanova, 143
08036 Barcelona, Spain
ECTS credit points: 20 ECTS credits
SIT:
500 hours SIT (approximately 1/3 of which are contact hours)
Language: English
Description:

By the end of the core course, students should be able to

- Identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of populations in a cross-disciplinary perspective in low- and middle-income societies.
- Critically collect, analyse and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle-income societies.
- Plan sustainable improvements of health systems considering the diverse intercultural settings as well as social and ethical responsibilities.
- Clearly communicate and work professionally in a multi-disciplinary team.

Learning Objectives related to the tropEd aim, “Identify and analyse interrelated determinants of health and major health problems of populations in a cross-disciplinary perspective in low- and middle income societies”:
• Identify and understand the principal determinants that influence population health in different parts of the world.
• Describe the methodology used to identify and measure health inequalities and the impact of health determinants.
• Incorporate knowledge of health determinants and inequalities into the design of policies and interventions.
• Describe the epidemiology of the major communicable and non-communicable diseases that affect low and middle-income societies.
• Describe prevention and control mechanisms of the major diseases studied.

Learning Objectives related to the tropEd aim, “Critically collect, analyse and appraise qualitative and quantitative data relevant for the improvement of health and health care in low and middle income societies:”
• Critically evaluate and interpret relevant literature on global public health.
• Describe, manage and analyse basic public health quantitative data.
• Use statistical tools applied to global health
• Estimate the expected impact of public health interventions.
• Describe how quantitative and qualitative methods can contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of health care.
• Develop tools for collecting quantitative and qualitative data.
• Explain the process of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and interpret the results of quantitative and qualitative studies.
• Identify what resources are needed to conduct a qualitative study and devise a simple study with mixed methods.
• Describe how to develop disease surveillance and data interpretation surveillance.
• Design an effective screening program, recognizing possible limitations and inaccuracies.
• Understand the basic stages of the investigation of a disease outbreak.

Learning Objectives related to the tropEd aim, “Plan sustainable improvements of health systems considering the diverse intercultural settings as well as social and ethical responsibilities.”
• Identify who formulates health policies and how these policies are formulated as well as the implications of these policies for health systems and programs.
• Explain the principal components of health systems and the differences between systems in both developed and developing countries.
• Describe the main agencies and organizations, public and private that take on a significant role in health systems.
• Illustrate how health programmes and interventions can be integrated into a health system.

Learning Objectives related to the tropEd aim, “Clearly communicate and work professionally in a multi-disciplinary team”:
• Develop strategies to solve international/global health problems by integrating complex information from diverse disciplines.
• Formulate strategies to obtain information critical to developing solutions that address health problems.
• Apply knowledge and skills in the field of international/global health.
• Work in multidisciplinary teams to find and implement solutions that address principal international/global health problems and challenges, with professional ethics and respect for human rights.
• Effectively communicate the results of public health interventions or evaluations.
Focus or specific features:

Global Health Fundamentals I is submitted for consideration as a tropEd core course. This module forms part of the Master of Global Health, a trans-disciplinary programme that imparts essential training in public health, epidemiology and statistics and promotes a comprehensive understanding of the key factors, components, and dynamics that influence population health in a globalized world.

In general, the Global Health Fundamentals I course has a focus on “global health,” rather than “international health” and also concentrates on global health research methods, including courses on Biostatistics, Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Fundamentals of qualitative health research. The core course also includes skill-building seminars relevant for international/global health career development.
Assessment Procedures:
1. A monitoring system will be used to control class attendance. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of sessions in order to be evaluated.

2. Each module of the “core course” will assess the following aspects of each student’s performance:
a. Acquisition of knowledge/skills/competencies
b. Participation and contribution to class sessions

3. Final exam of the “core course” to assess the integration of the different blocks/modules: 2-hour case study-based examination consisting of short questions

4. The final grade of the “core course”, will be calculated as follows:
- 80% of the average of the five modules grades weighted by number of credits of each one
- 20% of the grade of the final exam

Detailed information on assessments of the five modules integrating the “core course” follows. Students will be individually assessed according to the following criteria:

• Fundamentals of Epidemiology

o Level of student participation in classroom exercises (40% of final grade):
- 6 or less: minimum, disruptive, or no participation
- 8: responds constructively to questions
- 10: perceptive questions, active constructive and educational interaction with colleagues and instructor

o Multiple-choice written examination of course content (25 questions) at the end of the module. Exam length: one hour (60% of final grade).

Resit: A multiple choice test (25 questions) will be used as resit for those students who will not reach minimum 5/10 score (participation + multiple choice). Date of the test will be set as needed.

• Biostatistics

o Self-evaluation quizzes for sessions 2 to 20 using Stata Program will represent 100% of the grade. Each quiz will represent 5% (approx.) of the grade.
o The final grade will be calculated as the mean of all 19 quizzes scores. To pass it is necessary a minimum mean grade of 5 (out of 10).
o It’s necessary to pass 15 out of 19 quizzes. Passing each quiz requires a grade of 5 out of 10 for each quiz.
o Students missing one quiz for justified reasons (supported by documented evidence) will need to do an extra quiz related to the missed session content.

Resit: Students with a global score less than 5.0 will be required to undertake an extra quiz with questions about all session contents.


• Global Health Challenges

o Level of student participation in classroom exercises (60% of final grade):
- 6 or less: minimum contribution, disruptive, or no participation
- 8: responds constructively to questions
- 10: perceptive questions, active constructive and educational interaction with colleagues and professor

o 60 min multiple-choice (30 questions) final written examination (40% of final grade).

Resit: A dissertation on a specific topic addressed during the module will be used as resit for those students who will not reach minimum 5/10 score (participation + multiple-choice). The deadline to submit the dissertation will be set as needed.


• Health Systems and Policies

o Continuous assessment: Group presentations of illustrative case studies (5 min.) along with active participation in class discussions. Together, these elements will result in 60% of the final grade.
o Final assessment based on an individual short-answer examination on module contents and readings, which will result in 40% of the final grade.

Resit: The students that do not pass will have to do again a different case study with questions, and a new final exam.


• Fundamentals of qualitative health research

o Level of student participation in classroom exercises (40%):
- 6 or less: disruptive, or no participation
- 8: participates constructively
- 10: perceptive questions, active constructive and educational interaction with colleagues and professor.

o Examination (2 hours): 60%

The examination will consist of two parts:

PART A: development of a qualitative research protocol based on a topic selected by the examiner (compulsory for all)

PART B: 4 questions related to the essential readings and discussions held during the course (students will be allowed to select 3 out of the 4 questions posed)

Resit: Students failing to pass will have the possibility of undergoing a second examination after a face-to-face meeting with the course coordinator to assess reasons for poor performance and agree on a personalised action plan to maximise performance.
Content:
1. Introduction and orientation (0,5 ECTS –included within hours attributed to the following blocks)

• The students will attend an initial 2-hour session with directors and coordinators of the programme for an overall introduction to the course and the different blocks.
• On Fridays throughout the duration of the module, students will attend seminars and skill-building workshops on topics related to global health. During the first weeks of the course students will attend introductory seminars on how to develop a research project.
• Periodically, the directors and/or coordinators will hold a discussion and evaluation sessions for the review of material and to give students the opportunity to express concerns, make suggestions and ask administrative questions.
• A final 2-hour comprehensive examination will be held for tropEd students at the end of the Global Health Fundamentals core course.

2. Concepts and research methods (4½ - 7½ ECTS)

• Biostatistics (100 h SIT, 4 ECTS)
• Fundamentals of Epidemiology(50 h SIT, 2 ECTS)
• Fundamentals of qualitative health research (37.5 h SIT, 1.5 ECTS)

Total = 7.5 ECTS

3. Health problems and responses (4½ - 7½ ECTS)

• Global health challenges (100 h SIT, 4 ECTS)
• Fundamentals of Epidemiology (37.5 h SIT 1.5 ECTS)
• Fundamentals of qualitative health research
(37.5 h SIT, 1.5 ECTS)

Total = 7 ECTS

4. Health systems, management and communication (4½ - 7½ ECTS)

• Health systems and policy (100 h SIT, 4 ECTS)
• Fundamentals of Epidemiology (37.5 h SIT, 1,5 ECTS)

Total = 5,5 ECTS

For details, see here
In addition to the modules indicated in the required blocks, students must attend Friday workshops and seminars that are part of these courses and cover topics including: introduction to research proposal development, communication and presentation skills, grant and project management, bibliographic sources, scientific writing, fundraising, teamwork and leadership skills.
Methods:

Global Health Fundamentals I focuses on participative learning methods and, in addition to expert lectures, encourages course coordinators and professors to focus their teaching methodology on:
• Discussion;
• Debate;
• Group work; and
• Case study analysis

In participating in such activities, students strengthen the core professional abilities necessary in the field of global health as they gain core knowledge and competencies.

Specific learning method and activities may vary between the five courses that make up Global Health Fundamentals I module, depending on the type of content covered in each course.
Prerequisites:

Entry requirements:

o Candidates must matriculate through the University of Barcelona and provide verification of their academic qualifications.


o In addition to providing standard academic documentation, such as previous degrees and transcripts, candidates complete a standard University of Barcelona application form and must provide the following documentation:
o A detailed curriculum vitae
o A letter of interest

Language requirements:

The Master is taught in both Spanish and English, it is therefore necessary for all students to be proficient in both languages. Candidates who do not speak English or Spanish as their mother tongue will be asked to demonstrate their language level.

tropEd candidates must accredit an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent, and an intermediate Spanish level via a widely-accepted examination result, such as the Cervantes or through documentation of having successfully completed an accredited university or official language school Spanish course at the intermediate level.
Attendance:

No limits established so far
Selection:

Applications that meet the pre-requisites will be accepted for the selection process.

A panel made up of the program directors and program coordinators will review all applications (including letters of recommendation, C.V. and letters of motivation). Pre-selected students will be interviewed and candidates will be finally selected based on:

1. CV, past work / study experience;
2. Plans to apply skills and knowledge gained through the Master as discussed in the letter of motivation; and
3. Recommendations from professional or academic reference.

In the event of over-subscription, the best candidates based on previous criteria will be selected. Otherwise first come first served will be applied.
Fees:
tuition for the core course Fundamentals of Global Health I is 3.200 € or 160 € per ECTS credit plus university taxes.
Scholarships:

Scholarships for the 2014-15 year are not currently available.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in September 2012 and re-accredited in November 2014. This accreditation is valid until November 2019.
Email Address: nuria.casamitjana@isglobal.org
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-10-09 03:46:32 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2012-10-09 04:24:05 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-03-25 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2017-11-09 06:11:19 (W3C-DTF)

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