Health and Health Inequalities

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health and Health Inequalities

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the policy paradox of overall improvements in population health and significant inequalities in life expectancy within a Scottish, UK and international context and explores the causes of inequalities both within and outside the health care system. It addresses questions such as why poorer people die earlier than their richer counterparts. Students will focus on understanding the key influences that shape health care and public health policy particularly within the UK and on critiquing the key impacts of such policy.
    This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to:
    • Develop an awareness of the concepts of health and health inequalities in a Scottish, UK and international context
    • Explore competing explanations of why poorer people die earlier assessing for example the role of individual behaviours such as smoking and structural constraints like the availability of paid employment
    • Understand how and why a particular health care system (the UK National Health Service) has changed over time and across devolved administrations
    • Demonstrate an awareness of key criteria for developing a comparative perspective on health policy
    • Critically assess the role of health care and public health policies in improving population health and reducing health inequalities

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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