Global Health

Subject POPH90250 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 20-Apr-2015 to 24-Apr-2015
Assessment Period End 30-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 21-Apr-2015
Census Date 08-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Jun-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (intensive delivery)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Program Coordinator - Fiona Burns

Email -

Phone - (03) 9810 3148

Subject Overview:

Global Health is an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. It emphasises transnational health issues, determinants and solutions, involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, and is a synthesis of population-level clinical care

This subject is a core subject of the Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H). A range of presentations and interactive activities will cover:

  • determinants of tropical disease such as gender, equity and nutrition,
  • conceptual framework for disease prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary),
  • “one health”,
  • impacts of global warming,
  • health and complex humanitarian emergencies,
  • structure and roles of international organisation, non-governmental organisations and international development health,
  • primary health care and Alma Ata,
  • health systems policy and health financing, and
  • issues of noncommunicable disease.

This subject will be taught on campus in block mode over five days.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • consider and apply interdisciplinary approaches to global health.
  • respond to socio-economic and structural determinants of global health.
  • incorporate disease prevention into programmatic and policy health responses.
  • take into account situations and conditions specific to global health.
  • demonstrate understanding of the workings and impact of major stakeholders and systems on global health.
  1. MCQs and/or short answer questions – 2.5-hour examination - 50%
  2. Written assignment 2500 words - 50%
Prescribed Texts:

Key readings will be made available to students.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Initiative, autonomy and organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication
  • Finding, evaluating and using relevant information
  • Written communication
  • Decision-making
  • Persuasion and argumentation
  • Using computers and relevant software
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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