Global health: development and inequity, 7.5 credits

About the education

What is globalisation and how does it impact global public health? How are social and health related inequalities in rich and poor countries connected to global economic development and globalisation? What is sustainable development and how does it relate to individual and population health?

The course focuses on the reciprocal relationship between global development and global public health. Specific countries and world regions will be discussed, for instance Sub-Saharan Africa and countries in the former Soviet Union, both of which are struggling with growing health problems. Social inequalities in health within rich and poor countries and their connection with global developments will be discussed, as will the Sustainable Development Goals.

We will examine the present global health architecture, including international bodies such as the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Women as well as international organisations like the Red Cross, all of which are active in the field of global health and welfare. We will pay particular attention to issues surrounding global health equity, the call for a sustainable development and the mutual relations between these goals.

Subject: Public Health

Public health science is a multidisciplinary subject focusing on the relation between society and health. These relations are studied on both societal, group and individual level, but relations between these levels are also central. Public health science focus on links between macro and micro, where the endpoints consists of the structure of society and individual biological processes, as well as processes over the life cycle.

CHESS (Centre for Health Equity Studies) provide the Master programme "Population health: Societal and individual perspectives" 120 ECTS. With a basis in current international research, the Master programme provide a broad knowledge in Public health and a deepend understanding for how health is related to individual characteristics and the structuring of society. From a life course perspective and with a focus on international health the programme deals with the whole chain from biological processes to welfare policy, where connections to inequality in health is put forward.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Public Health Sciences