Summer 2019 - HSCI 160 D100

Global Perspectives on Health (3)

Class Number: 2595

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby



An introduction to the differences in health and health services among the nations of the globe. Vulnerable sub-populations worldwide and their special health needs. Mechanisms whereby events in one country can impact health in another. Future worldwide health risks, their economic and health consequences. SARS, avian 'flu,' West Nile virus, 'mad cow disease,' antibiotic resistant malaria or tuberculosis. Dangers to rich and poor nations from ignoring health problems in developing world. Breadth-Social Sciences.


The primary aim of this course is to engage and inspire students about the opportunities and challenges of global health. It provides an overview of key issues in global health from many different viewpoints and communicates the general understanding of factors/dynamics that affect the health of human populations around the world and efforts to improve it.

This course will attempt to answer these questions:
- What is the difference between the health of an individual and the health of a population - the global population?
- What is the burden of disease and who shoulders the greatest proportion of it?

The measures we have developed over centuries to improve the public's health depend on our beliefs about health, our culture and lifestyle, environmental factors, the health services and the resources at our disposal.
This course will present some outstanding success stories in global health practice. It will also look at the changing pattern of diseases in the world and will discuss major challenges and emerging issues.


Upon completion of this course and fulfilling the necessary requirements, students will be better prepared to:
1.     Explain key public health concepts, including the determinants of health and risk factors contributing to health, disease, wellbeing of vulnerable populations; and the impact of key health conditions on individuals and communities in a global context;
2.    Analyze the key issues in global health from a socio-cultural perspective including cross-cutting and critical issues in the organization and delivery of health services; and examine key issues in health equity and health inequality, as they relate to the health of the poor in low- and middle-income countries;
3.    Compare and contrast the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases as well as unintentional injuries in countries and regions of the world including how the disease burden can be addressed in effective ways; and
4.    Outline the key actors and organizations in global health including the challenges and opportunities they face in cooperating to address critical global health issues and propose potential solutions that could be used to address the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations.


  • In class exams (x2) 24%%
  • In class Group quizzes (x2) 12%%
  • Online quizzes (x4) 20%%
  • Country Project Part (A) - Individual Assignment 20%%
  • Country Project Part (B) - Group Assignment 20%%
  • Attendance and Participation 4%%



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- Global Health 101 (Third edition) by Richard Skolnik,Jones and Bartlett Learning
ISBN: 97812840505

- Other relevant readings will be assigned prior to class and posted on Canvas.

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