The first term will consist of core topics on research methods, an overview of some major global health challenges, and topics related to the research and practice of global health.
Core modules include:
- Paradigms and Tools for Global Health (PTGH - led by Prof Caroline Jones and Dr Eric Ohuma): This module will cover epidemiology, statistics, health economics, social sciences for health and health policy and systems analysis. Methodological paradigms in the health and social sciences will be introduced and basic tools provided for each. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to critically review published literature covering a wide range of global health topics and can opt to further their application skills through the third term placement project.
- Challenges and Change in International Health (CCIH - led by Prof Sarah Rowland-Jones): This module will cover some of the key health challenges found in resource limited contexts. Topics will include: water and sanitation; land use, population and migration; climate change; nutrition; vector borne diseases; vaccine preventable diseases; neglected tropical diseases; maternal and child health; non-communicable diseases; accidents and injuries. Upon completion of this module, students will have a broad awareness of the kinds of factors affecting international health, their challenges, solutions that have worked and current efforts to affect change.
- Global Health Research and Practice (GHRP - led by Prof Kevin Marsh): This module highlights some of the important considerations in the research or practice of global health. Topics covered include global health governance, global health research ethics, challenges to research in global health, data management and governance, health impact evaluation, design of disease prevention and health promotion programmes, health programme evaluation, and outbreak investigation.