International Health

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Health

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Global Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    At least two years of study in health area, including PUB326 is assumed knowledge.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    International health will broaden student's understanding of global health systems and programs, providing an advanced level analysis that explores systems and methods that have been devised to address population health problems in developing and developed countries. Students examine the historic context of the international health movement from the early 1900s to recent changes in global health systems, explore the diversity of services between and within countries, and consider issues of globalisation, economic reform, health equity and ethics. This unit is particularly relevant to students who are interested in international health development work.
    Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of the unit you should be able to:
    1. Describe recent epidemiological trends in developing and developed countries;
    2. Explore globalisation and its impact on national health systems, and the roles of multilateral and bilateral public health agencies;
    3. Describe the philosophies which drive health systems such as health equity and ethics;
    4. Examine successes and failures in current case studies of international health development;
    5. Apply skills in researching and writing to undertake a situation analysis of an important health problem in an international setting.
    • Historical patterns of disease and development of health systems in rich and poor nations;
    • Globalisation of health financing systems;
    • Roles of non-government agencies including private and corporate philanthropy;
    • Focus on developing countries;
    • International trends in mental health, infectious diseases and chronic diseases;
    • Refugee health;
    • Travel and tourism health;
    • Successes and failures of international health development and health promotion activities.
    Assessment name: Quizzes
    Description: Quizzes will be undertaken weekly online to enable regular formative feedback on your grasp of the knowledge of the impact of globalisation, epidemiological trends in developing countries, and their underpinning health systems.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Throughout Semester
    Assessment name: Presentation and Report
    Description: You will apply your research and writing skills to undertake a situation analysis of an important health problem in an international setting. Situation Analysis and Presentation - 20% Report - 30%
    Relates to objectives: 3, 4 and 5.
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Weeks 11 & 12

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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.