1 x 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
Topic description

In this topic students will be introduced to international policies and their political contexts and how this influences health care practice and population health at a global, national and local level.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with an introduction to the political context of health and health care policy from an international perspective. Students will critically examine factors that influence policy development and use accepted frameworks to explore the impacts on health systems.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss factors that influence policy development from a global perspective
  2. Evaluate international/national policy in relation to sustainable development goals
  3. Discuss how policy and political contexts impact on the social determinants of health
  4. Critically analyse international health policy and its impact on health systems and population health

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.