Global Health (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Health (in English)

  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    Prerequisite: open to all language levels; taught in English

    Audience: ISA Students

    Contact hours: 45

    Tutoring: by appointment

    Course Description: This course describes and contrasts systems and models of health policies worldwide. Students will gain insights from political, economic and cultural perspectives.

    This course will analyze the organization, management and outcomes of health services in public, private and working field covered by NGOs.

    Active participation will be key for the successful learning-teaching process.

    Learning outcomes:

    This course will cover:

    1. Cognitive insight in the field of health services and its management.

    a. What is health, health services and health systems?

    b. Different models in the USA, Europe and other parts of the world.

    c. Governance of health systems: public, private and NGO systems.

    d. Health care management: different functions, roles and responsibilities

    e. Ethics in health services: legal framework; patient rights, medical mistakes, unethical behavior.

    f. Sustainability of health systems worldwide.

    2. Practical learning:

    a. Critical sense with regards to theory and practice in the field of health services

    b. Analytic insight in the different funding mechanism of health systems and the way they allocate their funds

    c. Competency in analyzing and synthesizing

    d. Appreciate and utilize diversity in teams

    e. Communication skills

    f. Team work



    · Introduction to health, health services and health systems in the USA, Europe and other parts of the world

    · Overview of governance of the health sector, worldwide, within USA, within Europe, on country level

    · Policies, guidelines

    · Who are the users of the different systems?


    · History and current organization.

    · The role of the WHO.

    · What is the UHC (Universal Health Coverage) and how to get closer (6 essentials).


    · The mission of the EU within health care and cross-border threats.

    · Analysis of the health care situation in different countries of the EU.

    · Solidarity principle.


    · The Affordable Care Act.

    · How was the health system before “Obamacare”?

    · Current situation of the health care system in the USA


    · The government situation of African countries and their influence on health.

    · Ways to increase African resources for health.

    · NGOs, their role and responsibilities

    o Examples

    o Mission


    · The legal framework for our work

    · Patient rights

    · Medical errors and its consequences

    · Unethical behavior and how to do things right: organizational values, code of conduct


    · Leadership in health care. A European Perspective. Neil Goodwin. By Taylor and Francis, October 2013, 200 p., +/- 34 Euro

    · Redefining health care. Creating Value-based Competition on Results. Michael E. Porter & Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg. By Harvard Business Review Press, August 2011, 528 p., +/- 29 Euro

    Complementary bibliography

    Per module you will receive more or less 3 mandatory and 6 optional readings (articles), all to be downloaded from the internet and we will refer you to do critical reviews of some web pages related to universal healthcare.

    Course Evaluation:

    20% Tasks and attendance 40% Final exam 30% Projects 10% Subjective evaluation (students are expected to come prepared to class and professor will value that students are showing a mark of improvement)

    Spanish Grading Scale:

    Matrícula de Honor 10 Sobresaliente 9 – 9,9 Notable 7 – 8,9 Aprobado 5 – 6,9 Suspenso 0 – 4,9 No Asistencia (Student has exceeded the allowed number of unexcused absences)

    Please find as a reference the following grading scale conversion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student’s home university or institution to determine the final grade equivalencies.

    Matrícula de Honor = A+ Suspenso = F Sobresaliente = A No presentado = Incomplete (attended Notable = B classes but did not take final exam) Aprobado =C No Asistencia = Incomplete (enrolled in the course but did not attend class)

    Class Attendance: Class attendance is compulsory and attendance is taken at each class meeting and is reflected on the attendance sheet that is sent to the home university.

    An 85% attendance rate is required for the successful completion of the course. Perfect attendance will be considered positively.

    If a student exceeds this limit, the grade on the transcript for this subject could appear as “not attended course”.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations