PHTY41040 Health in A Global Society

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is an elective module on the online M.Sc. in Sustainable Development Programme. The curriculum explores the relationship between health and sustainable development, multiple determinants of health, global health challenges and health systems

Topics include: Health inequity, global burden of disease, factors underlying epidemiological trends in non communicable disease; (diet and physical activity, aging, injuries); health systems; (health workforce, health service delivery in complex contexts)

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this modules students should:

1. Have a detailed understanding of the relationship between health and sustainable development.
2. Have a deep understanding of sociological, cultural, economic, geographical and political determinants of health and health care
3. Have explored global burden of disease, with a particular focus on factors underlying epidemiological trends in Non Communicable Disease (NCDs)
4. Be able to apply knowledge and understanding to consider solutions for health care challenges in their own health contexts and systems

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to public health and global public health
Health and sustainable development
Multiple determinants of health and health inequity
Physical activity
Road traffic accidents/Injuries
Health systems -overview
Health systems- health workforce
Health systems- service delivery in complex contexts
Future trends in global health

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Conversation Class


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered online with a blend of pre-recorded and live lectures and live workshops and conversation classes. Resources from the SDG academy will be integrated into teaching delivery. 
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
Essay: 2000 word research essay on a specified topic or theme selected by student in consultation with lecturer
Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Portfolio: The purpose of the portfolio is to promote active involvement and ownership of learning, to demonstrate engagement with module components and support planning and progress for end of trimester essay Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Gráinne O'Donoghue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aifric O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Carla Perrotta Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 25 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 24, 26 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 29 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 31 Tues 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 23, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 14:00 - 15:50