This interdisciplinary elective course (worth 12 ECTs) is offered both to students in existing MSc programs at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at USN and the Global Health Program at McMaster University, as well as to students from schools partnered with USN. Partner school students can apply to take just this single course, or combine it with other theory courses or a practicum and stay for an entire semester!
Health issues, both public and personal, are strongly affected by global transition. Accelerated and intensified contact - a defining characteristic of globalisation - leads to migration and environmental degradation, and places constraints on the livelihood of many in local communities. Such rapid changes can often lead to tensions, contradictions, conflicts and changed opportunities in ways that affect local people’s lives and health.
You will learn about the background of central global transitions, and about the various models of national welfare systems. You will be able to focus on one particular geographical area or community, looking at it public health and living conditions, and thereafter compare this place to others in the world.
The course is divided into three main sections:
- Global processes, indigenous people and migration
- Welfare systems and health care
- Challenges in local communities
We make use of blended learning methods, i.e., a combination of online and in class locations. Lectures, teacher and peer supervision, group work are also employed, as well as utilizing an electronic learning platform.
For students not having taken a general introduction to the field of global health the course provides an online introductory course (3 ECTS, available from USN fully online the autumn of 2017). For students taking the introductory section, the entire course will be 15 ECTs in total.
January 4th – April 4th 2018.