Spring 2020 - HSCI 822 G100

Global Health Governance (3)

Class Number: 7091

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Thu, 8:30–11:20 a.m.



Focuses on the rationales and institutional arrangements needed for collective action to address the health impacts arising from globalization. Using case studies, the course provides understanding of the practical challenges of policy making and diplomacy in a global context. The roles and limitations of key institutional actors and governance instruments are assessed, along with emerging forms of global health governance as collective action responses to global health needs.


This course consists of 13 sessions.  The first 2 sessions will cover key concepts and frameworks for analysing and measuring globalization and its health impacts.  The next 3 sessions examine transboundary flows caused by globalization and the governance challenges arising from them.  This is followed by 2 sessions on how these flows impact on communicable and non-communicable diseases, and the need for collective action to address them.  The course concludes with 6 sessions on existing and emerging institutional arrangements for global health governance.  Each session is a mixture of lectures, class exercises and group presentations.


By completing the requirements of this course, it is anticipated that students will be prepared to:

1.     Define the concept of globalization, its distinct features, and its varied impacts on population health;
2.     Critically appraise how the concept of globalization is variably used within the scholarly and policy communities;
3.     Explain the causal links between globalization and its health impacts, and how one might measure them;
4.     Identify the governance challenges arising from these health impacts and the role of global health diplomacy in addressing them; and
5.     Critically assess the interests, ideas and institutional arrangements that comprise existing and emerging forms of global health governance.


  • Class Participation 10%
  • Group Presentations 30%
  • Mid Term Essay 30%
  • Policy Brief 30%


For MPH students,  the specific core competencies addressed by this course are:

GH1:  Identify, define, and critically analyse historical, current and emerging issues in global health; identify the major stakeholders and policymakers in global health; the key areas of interest and attributes of the major governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in global health; and the role that Canada plays in global health.

GH3:  Analyse the role of public and private sectors in promoting public health and providing health services in comparative, global context.  Outline the impact of privatization and government restructuring on health outcomes.

GH8:  Analyse and explain the role of transnational networks and global institutions in the adoption and enforcement of international laws, conventions, agreements, and standards that affect health and safety, including the domains of security, trade, labour, food supply, the environment, pharmaceuticals, international development aid, human rights and conflict.



There is no required textbook assigned for this course given the broad scope of topics covered.  Instead, the required and recommended readings will largely be made available electronically via the SFU Library.  For most journal articles, the URL has been provided to enable you to readily access them on-line.  Open access materials have been selected where possible.  For some sessions, book chapters have been assigned as readings and copies of those books are available through the SFU Library Catalogue Reserves List.  You may borrow these for a designated period for photocopying and/or reading.  Links to additional materials will be provided through Canvas.

The readings for each weekly session are divided into Required Readings and Recommended Readings.  You should read all Required Readings BEFORE each relevant session and be prepared to participate in discussing them.  The Recommended Readings are available to provide you with a fuller understanding of the session’s topic if, for example, you decide to write your Mid Term Essay or Policy Brief on that topic.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html