PHPS30050 Global Health Sustainability

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed for undergraduate students undertaking the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Summer School.

The World Health Organisation defines health as ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. Globally, health systems face un-precedented challenges to meet health needs of populations, due to the rising burden of communicable and non-communicable disease, aging populations, and the significant impact of climate change. During this module, students will learn from a wide range of expert professors and researchers, working on world leading research to provide sustainable solutions for health challenges across all aspects of global public health.

This module is for students from any discipline who are interested in health from a global perspective. The modules learning strategy is underpinned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda, the key global policy agenda, in particular SDG 3; ‘Health for all’ with cognisance of SDG5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent Work for all and SDG13 Climate Action.

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Learning Outcomes:

The purpose of this module is to enable students to explore key concepts relating to health and sustainable development. This module will afford students the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the multiple determinants of health in a rapidly changing world as we adapt to the impacts of climate change. By interacting with a variety of wide-ranging specialist topics, students will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of global health challenges and solutions as we look to enable sustainable development of population health across the planet.

Specialist topics covered will include: digital technology for health, health literacy, gender and health, occupational health, nutrition and physical activity for health and wellness, tackling unconscious bias in healthcare practice and post pandemic perspectives. The module content aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals: No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequality, climate action, and partnerships for the goals.

At the end of this module students will:
1. Have a deeper understanding of sociological, cultural, economic, geographical and political determinants of health and health care;
2. Have an understanding of major global health challenges and how we may develop sustainable solutions to adapt to these challenges;
3. Be able to develop solutions for health care challenges in different health contexts, cultures and systems; and
4. Have an understanding how climate change will affect population health in both developed and developing nations.

Indicative Module Content:

• Advances in digital technology for health
• Health literacy
• Nutrition for health
• Exercise for health and wellness
• Pain
• Tackling unconscious bias in healthcare practice
• Context: The missing link in translating evidence to decision
• Post pandemic perspectives on managing global health
• Gender and health
• Occupational health and how climate change will change how we work and stay healthy doing it
• Reflection for professional development
• Climate change impacts to global health – changing nutrition and changing disease vectors

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online Specified Learning Activities / Prescribed Reading
Problem and Phenomenon based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Students will complete a learning portfolio documenting their learning in line with the module learning objectives. Self-reflection on the learning processes undertaken will also be included. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Professor Catherine Blake Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sarah Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Mary Codd Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alison Connolly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Clare Corish Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Caitriona Cunningham Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Tara Cusack Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Brona Fullen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Cliona O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Carla Perrotta Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joel Rookwood Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Diarmuid Stokes Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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