Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLHLTH 752 - Case Studies in Global Health

15 Points

Semester 2



Provides the opportunity to develop critical awareness and practical engagement with a public health issue or issues facing people in the Asia Pacific region. The public health issues facing the region are broad and complex and require a region and country-specific response. Students will develop an understanding of the key health challenges, and the range of possible responses to improve health in the country and wider region.

Course aims

This course draws upon case studies to examine global health facing people in the Asia Pacific region. Students will develop a detailed knowledge of a country in the Western Pacific Region, the key health challenges, and the range of possible responses to developing sustainable impact drawing upon country, regional and global levels strategies.


Goals of the Course 

  1. To develop an understanding of the complex challenges facing the health of populations in low and middle income countries within the Asia and Pacific region (Western Pacific Region)
  2. To appreciate the role of health, development and economic agencies operating in the Asia Pacific region
  3. To engage case studies as learning tools for exploring possible strategies to support countries achieve health targets
  4. To develop an appreciation of the nexus between in-country, regional or global priority setting, agendas and governance systems


Learning Outcomes 

Following the completion of the course students should have:

  • Develop a critical and detailed understanding of a key health issue facing the region and within a specific country.
  • To gain an appreciation of the complex social, cultural and economic dynamics associated with participating in global health in low and middle income settings, particularly in respect to developing, implementing and evaluating health initiatives.
  • Understand and apply key global health frameworks, ethical considerations and principles
  • Appreciate the potential for innovation and technologies in improving access and equity to health services.

Programme and course advice

This course can be taken as part of a General or Health Promotion pathway in a Postgraduate certificate or diploma in public health programme, or towards the Pacific Health specialisation for the Postgraduate diploma in Public Health.

This course is a required course for the Master of Public Health programme, International Health Stream.

Students are recommended to take POPLHLTH 715 (Global Public Health) prior to taking POPLHLTH 752.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

The course is offered in Semester 2 on Tāmaki Campus and occupies four full days in the classroom. The course is based on case studies, guest lecturers and video presentations from leaders in the field.


Campus Teaching Dates

The course is offered in Semester 2 on Tāmaki Campus and occupies four full days in the classroom. Use will be made of real case examples, guest lecturers and video presentations from leaders in the field.

This course is held at Tāmaki Campus. The lecture dates will be available on the website.

Please see your timetable on SSO or Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day for the room details.


Learning Resources 

A course book of readings with a detailed course outline will be given to each student enrolling before the course commences. There is no text 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.



Two essays (30% each) and one funding application (40%)

1. Select and critically appraise a regional strategic document addressing the prevention and control of a global health priority, e.g.

  • NCD prevention strategy
  • Communicable disease strategy (e.g. TB, HIV/AIDs or Malaria)
  • Maternal or child health
  • Or any other global health issue (approved by coordinator)

(1,500 words) 30%

2. Preparation of a briefing paper to inform the Minister of Health (or other relevant Minister) of your nominated country about a priority health issue. A briefing paper is designed to position a health / development issue in context with the wider social, economic and political challenge and propose a series of feasible, short and longer-term recommendations.

(2,500 words) 30%

3. Develop an application to a global health funding organisation to undertake an initiative in partnership with local and national agencies (e.g. MoH, NGOs, civil society organisation).

(4,500 words approx) 40%


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