Global health in context (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will give you a wide-ranging introduction to the study of global health, enabling you to consider some of the key challenges and debates within the contemporary field. 

The module encompasses the themes of global health and its impact on national and international health policy development.

The module will provide you with a comprehensive foundation in global health and will give you the opportunity to meet the health challenges facing developing and developed countries from a national and international perspective. 

You will also develop a critical appreciation of the development of health policy.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 - masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically appraise international and national health policy, its development and the organisation of healthcare systems in high income and low income countries
  • identify and debate the global burden of disease, epidemiological and demographic population trends, and priorities for economic investment
  • critically analyse major global health challenges, and evaluate national prevention strategies and programmes designed to reduce the burden of disease at global, international and national levels
  • debate and analyse socio-economic and health inequalities, and the concept of social justice in a global context
  • review the environmental threats to health and health consequences in community and global contexts
  • critically analyse the concept of culture, and cultural perceptions of health and illness.


The assessment for this module is a written assignment.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

This module will not run for the year 2019/20. The next planned delivery will be 2020/21. Exact dates to be confirmed.  

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. 

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details. 

Entry requirements

To undertake this module as part of a professional development pathway you must be:

  • a registered health and social care practitioner or health and social care worker
  • ideally in possession of previous study at degree level.

Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing organisation. Please contact your organisation’s education coordinator in the first instance.