London, United Kingdom

Global Health: Local and International Perspectives

online course
when 26 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2165

This module will provide an introduction to the discipline of global health. Each week will be framed around the ‘wicked problems’ facing our world and the ways in which the individual can engage with global issues.

Topics covered include access and availability of healthcare, inequality, poverty, ethics, aid, and the key actors in global health. A symposium will be held, whereby students can speak to academics and public sector actors about the topics covered in the module.

Each week will begin with a UK case study relating to a core topic, and end with an excursion to a local site of significance in the development of the global health discipline. These excursions will link UCL's core value of equality with the rich history of social welfare and public health that began in London in the 1700s.

Course leader

Shivani Singh is a teaching fellow with the Institute for Global Health. She teaches on a variety of interdisciplinary courses around health, politics, and qualitative methodology.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Have developed an understanding of the relationship between the health of the individual and their socio-political circumstances;

Understand the impact of international and national actors on health at local level, and how health policy is developed;

Understand the different types of health systems, using case studies from around the globe;

Understand major theoretical debates within the discipline, and be able to engage with the literature;

Be able to define key terms and concepts around health, poverty, and inequality, and have developed critical analysis skills through workshops and presentations.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 15 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2165: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP : Students are welcome to apply for accommodation at a UCL summer residence.