PHPS40650 International Health in Action

Academic Year 2022/2023

Progress to achieve the SDGs targets is achieved through collaborative global research efforts, promoting evidence-based policy changes and advocating to mobilize resources and stakeholders. International Organizations are critical in mobilising resources to sustain longstanding changes.
Throughout the module, Professor Weakliam, HSE National Lead in Global Health, provides an overview of the role of International Organizations (IO) in coordinating efforts to address Global Health challenges. The module provides an overview of how IO delineates its field programs, including implementation, research, policy changes or advocacy.
We focus on five current Global Health challenges: Global Nutrition, Built Environment and Climate Change, Reproductive Health Rights, Women's Health and decolonization of global health.
Students are expected to be active participants during lectures.
Students will learn how to complete a situation analysis, stakeholder mapping, and global advocacy campaigns and apply evidence synthesis to propose a solution to a global health challenge.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1- Understand the significant challenges in the international health arena and be able to discuss and suggest potential solutions.

2- Critically evaluate the activities of key organisations that exert influence at a macro level, such as the World Bank, the G7, WHO, FAO etc.

3- Apply situation analysis, stakeholder mappings and evidence-based interventions to a global health challenge in a particular region or country.

4- Identify and analyse tools to set change in motion for current Global Health challenges

Indicative Module Content:

Three weeks are allocated to understand an Overview of Global Health actors and their role in setting the International Health agenda.
We will then allocate two weeks for each of the following case studies: Reproductive Health and Women's Reproductive Rights, Built Environment and Development and Nutrition and Food security.

Two weeks are allocated to students' work and presentations. Students are expected to learn how to conduct a situation analysis, map stakeholders and identify possible evidence-based policies or interventions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Case studies
Lectures with external guest speakers
Problem 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
Attendance: Students must participate in the class discussions (see timetable; class discussions)
Students are expected to attend class during those sessions and actively engage in discussions.
Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: 2500-3000- word essay/ infographics/ poster exploring an IH problem covered in the module. Assessment criteria: problem selection, critical analysis, original ideas, and proposed solutions. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Presentation: Students to generate a class discussion on advocacy strategies using a cultural/communication piece as a trigger. Week 4 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Mary Codd Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Brendan Drumm Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Patricia Fitzpatrick Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Carolyn Ingram Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Cliona O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor David Weakliam Lecturer / Co-Lecturer