Course level

Postgraduate Coursework




Medicine Faculty




One Semester

Class contact

2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour






MEDI7212 MEDI7222 MEDI7232


Restricted to students in the second year of the MD program.

Assessment methods

Literature review; Global Health Conference: Group presentation; Exam

Course coordinator

A/Prof Peter Hill

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school.

Course description

This course is the last in a sequence of four which develop core concepts in public health, health systems and research, as required for evidence-based clinical practice. It will examine health in a world which is undergoing global change: a world facing gains in development but growing inequity; reduction in hunger and poverty, but at the same time food insecurity and the challenges of increasing global obesity; the threat of climate change, compounded by natural disaster. The key concepts and frameworks used in examining global health issues will be discussed, as will the key stakeholders and their roles. This will include WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation, as well as private and philanthropic organisations and public-private partnerships. Global health policy and governance, health interventions and development initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals will be discussed in the context of developing an understanding of the issues related to translation and implementation at country level, leaving no-one behind. The engagement of Indigenous peoples in global change will be explored, with particular attention to shared challenges of Indigenous populations and lessons learned in health and development.

The course will assist students in their analysis of policy and programs around key health issues at a global level. Building on earlier skills in literature review, students will develop the component processes that make up the conduct of systematic reviews. They will be introduced to the principles of systematic review of research evidence (peer-reviewed and grey literature), the practices required to conduct systematic reviews and the opportunity to develop the skills required to conduct and document systematic reviews, interpreting the findings of their review in an analysis that conforms with the requirements for peer-reviewed publication.

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Course Profile