Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLHLTH 715 - Global Public Health

15 Points

Semester 1



Explores global health from a public health perspective, with a strong emphasis on health and its determinants in developing countries. Topics covered include the global burden of risk and disease, global environmental challenges to health, international health governance, international healthcare financing and international health promotion.

Programme and course advice

This course is highly recommended course for the following pathways and specialisations in the Public Health programme:

  • General
  • Pacific Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health

It is also an optional course for the BHSc(Hons) programme.

It is a core course for the Masters in Health Leadership specialising in International Health.

POPLHLTH 752 Case Studies in Global Health follows on from this course in Semester 2.

Course aims

Goals of the Course

The general objective of this course is to introduce key concepts, ideas and principles, and the analytical frameworks that underpin regional and global responses to our major health challenges.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be familiar with:

  • Contemporary drivers of health and disease including key current global health challenges in low and middle income countries
  • How health status and health risks are measured and monitored at a global level (and what this means for decision making)
  • Approaches to determining global priorities for health research and development
  • The organisation and function of the UN global health governance organisations (including the WHO)
  • Models, perspectives and frameworks for understanding and addressing global health challenges, including the SDGs

Learning and teaching

The course occupies four full days spaced at monthly intervals. The teaching style reflects our view that effective learning occurs when students are active participants rather than passive observers. The approach combines lectures, case studies, and discussions drawing on the experience of students and guest speakers. Small group sessions are used to carry out specific exercises and for discussion purposes. Students are also required to present prepared material in class.

Campus teaching dates

This course is held at Tāmaki Campus. Please see your timetable on SSO or Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day for the room details.


By internal assessment only, comprising:

  • One critical review document – 1,500 words (25%)
  • One academic viewpoint assignment - 2500 words (40%)
  • One presentation and background document (35%)

Learning resources

The core textbook for this course will be notified to students at the time of enrolment for the course.

Students are provided access to online course pages in CANVAS which is the University’s online Learning Management System. These pages give the course outline, objectives for each session and recommended reading. All PowerPoint presentations and additional course materials are available through CANVAS.

Course Coordinator

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