Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Global Awareness » GEGA2009 / GEGA019 – Global Public Health
Suggested Year of Study:2 – 4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit Units:3
Offering Unit:FSS

Department of Psychology

Medium of Instruction:English



Course Description

Global public health is concerned with understanding the distribution of illness in diverse cultural and geographic contexts around the world. It also focuses on identifying the underlying determinants that influence health and evaluating programs and policies that can improve health. In this course, students will explore key global health issues including obesity, tobacco, cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the social, cultural, and economic determinants of health. This course is interdisciplinary in nature and will explore global public health by borrowing perspectives from psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, health communication, and behavioural health.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the key global public health challenges in the world.
  2. Compare and contrast differences between non-communicable and communicable diseases and how these are distributed around the world.
  3. Articulate how various contextual and social factors influence population health.
  4. Name the most important programs implemented to improve global public health.
  5. Explain how governments and international organizations work together to improve public health.