Global health in a changing world (7.5 ECTS)

The course "Global health in a changing world" (PH010F1) provide knowledge about the reciprocal relationship between public health and global development presented in three blocks: 1: Globalisation and sustainable development. 2: Institutions and governance. 3. Regions and populations

Course dates

Autumn 2023, period C (October, 30th - November, 29th)

PH010F1 Education plan 2021

PH010F1 Kursplan (på svenska, juridiskt dokument)

Course content

The course provide knowledge about the reciprocal relationship between public health and global development presented in three blocks.

Globalisation and sustainable development. In this first block, a number of basic theoretical concepts will be introduced in order to increase understanding of the factors that affect global public health. What is globalisation and how does it impact individual and population health? In which ways are social and health related inequalities in rich and poor countries connected to global economic development? What is sustainable development and how is it related to good and equitable public health?

Institutions and governance: This block will focus on the political dimension of global health. How can policy makers and organisations influence public health on a global scale? Essential principles for political governance beyond the nation state will be presented. Organisations such as the UN, the WHO, and other important actors will be discussed.

Regions and populations: This block will address geo-political, demographic and historical phenomena that have characterised public health development, e.g. global migration and the European health divide. Which health problems and diseases are of central importance today? Situations in specific regions and countries will be used to provide concrete examples illustrating the topics and discussions of the previous blocks.

Course managers

Andrea Dunlavy and Karl Gauffin


The schedule will be announced at least one month before the course starts.

Course literature

Please note that the course literature can be changed up until two months before the course starts.

PH010F1 Course literature 2023 (90 Kb)

More information

This course is offered in collaboration with the Master’s programme in public health sciences: Societal and individual perspectives. The teaching occasions are to be attended jointly with the master students. You will find more information in the PH0101F1 Education plan. All registered students will get access to the schedule and course material in Athena


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