University of Chester

Programme Specification
Global Health MSc
2016 - 2017

Master of Science

Global Health

Global Health

University of Chester

University of Chester

Riverside Campus, Chester

Postgraduate (Taught)

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

Minimum of 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

6 Years

Annual - September

B910

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Health and Social Care Health and Social Care

None

N|A

Faculty of Health & Social Care, Postgraduate Module Assessment Board

Sunday 1st May 2011

  1. To prepare students to work with diverse populations, and to respond competently to the multilateral health challenges that are  presented by the globalisation phenomenon.
  2. To provide students competence in identifying and analysing factors that cause disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and health services, particularly for marginalised and vulnerable people.
  3. To prepare students with knowledge, skills and techniques of analysing global health problems, and understanding of international health and public health policy development.
  4. To prepare students with knowledge to handle complexity and exercise best judgments, individually and in groups, when faced with health challenges created by diverse settings by utilizing leadership and other key skills.
  5. Apply a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges of global health in an ethically responsible manner and to contribute on a broader scale to the design, implementation and evaluation of health programmes.
  6. To prepare students communicate effectively through appropriate media and audiences, and efficiently take responsibility to complete complex health-related activities individually and in groups.

Students will have a knowledge and understanding of:

  •  Key concepts of diverse populations and multilateral health challenges (NM7800, NM7802, NM7803, NM7805).
  •  Factors that cause disparities in health status ,health resources and access to health information and services (NM7800, NM7802, NM7803, NM7805).
  •  Techniques of analysing  global health problems (NM7800, NM7802, NM7803, NM7805).

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical reasoning with regard to complex issues, which shows an ability to explore and develop alternative solutions (NM7800, NM7803).
  • Demonstrate synthesis and be able to deal with complex issues in an original manner (NM7800, NM7803).
  • Ability to deploy accurately, creatively and imaginatively established techniques of analysis and enquiry.(NM7802, NM7804, NM7069, NM7805).
  • Ability to critically evaluate current research, methodology and scholarship and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses (NM7804, NM7069).

 

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate  the ability to work with diverse populations and respond to the  multilateral health challenges presented by the globalization phenomenon (NM7800, NM7802, NM7803, NM7805).
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current and/or new insights, into factors that cause disparities in health status (NM7800, NM7802, NM7803, NM7805).
  • Conduct extensive systematic reading and demonstration of insight and originality (NM7804, NM7069).
  • Ability to critically evaluate current research, methodology and scholarship and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses (NM7804, NM7069).

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills which can reach a wider audience (NM7803, NM7804, NM7069).
  • Communicate  effectively and in an ethically responsible manner to complete health related activity with individuals and groups in diverse settings (NM7804, NM7069).

  • Programme has a one year full-time and three year part-time routes.
  • The programme consists of six taught modules and dissertation.
  • All taught modules are 20 credits at level 7
  • Dissertation module is 60 credits at level 7.
  • For each 20 credit module, the time required preparing for and to produce assessable work and to prepare for examinations is calculated as 200 hours, inclusive of time spent in class contact with lecturers. 
  • The contact hours (direct teacher/learner interaction) are within the recommended range for level 7 modules i.e. 30 hours of student contact.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
NM7069 7 Research 20 Optional
NM7800 7 Global Health in Action 20 Comp
NM7801 7 Global Health Policy for Development 20 N/A
NM7802 7 Principles of Global Health Epidemiology 20 Comp
NM7803 7 Global Health in Context 20 Comp
NM7804 7 Dissertation and Research Methodology 60 Comp
NM7805 7 Health Economics 20 N/A
NM7806 7 Global Perspectives of Child and Maternal Health 20 N/A
NM7807 7 Global Mental Health 20 N/A
NM7808 7 Global Public Health Protection 20 N/A
NM7809 7 Promoting Public Health Practice 20 N/A
NM7810 7 The Environmental Determinants of Health 20 N/A
PH7006 7 Epidemiology and statistics for public health 20 Optional
PH7007 7 Protecting population health and wellbeing 20 Optional
PH7017 7 Theories and principles of public health 20 Optional
PH7018 7 Communicable disease in public health 20 Optional
PH7020 7 The economics of health 20 Optional

Progression of Awards
Students undertaking three core module indicated above can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health. Students completing four core modules and two options can exit with Postgraduate Diploma in Global Health. On successful completion of four core modules, two option modules and Dissertation with research method module, students will exit with the MSc in Global Health.

Transfer of previously acquired credits and module approval up to 60 credits at level 7 may be brought into this MSc in Global health from approved postgraduate certificates or stand-alone modules. However, to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health students will need to complete Global Health in Action, Global Health in Context; and an Epidemiology module which could be brought in from any approved programme.To exist with Postgraduate Diploma in Global health at least 60 out  of 120 credits must be from three core modules, further 60 credits can be from the option modules  or from any approved programme.

  • This course is planned to meet the needs of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, social workers, social services, environmental health staff, voluntary sector, planning, housing and other colleagues involved in delivering and managing the public health and/or environmental agenda.
  • Applicants should normally be working in these fields.
  • Applicants will be interviewed.
  • Entry requirements include a first degree or equivalent experience. The classification of the first degree will normally be a 2:1 or above.
  • Applicants without a first degree will normally be able to demonstrate extensive experience in the field of health and social care together with evidence of recent study or writing at an appropriate level.
  • Applicants should normally have completed a research module before commencing the programme.
  • If English is not their first language, applicants will need to have a minimum score of IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575 (233).

Although no subject benchmark statement is available for Global Health the curriculum has been developed with frameworks for higher education qualifications indicators for outcomes at Masters Level and considered:

  • National Occupational Standards for Practice in Public Health
  • The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as identified by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher education as designed to provide and promote academic standards via benchmarking and specifications

Students experience a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to facilitate the achievement of all learning outcomes at level 7 within a student-centred approach, and to foster personal and professional development. Student learning is supported by the module leader, programme leader, and learning support services as appropriate. Methods of learning and teaching will include:           

  • Tutorials.         
  • Seminars, presentations and debates.           
  • Scenario-based learning sessions.           
  • Reflection.            
  • Formal lectures.           
  • Self-directed study.            
  • Private study sessions.           
  • Blended learning.

Knowledge and understanding is tested through a range of written assignments, examination, seminar presentations, individual case study, viva, learning profile, practice assessment, reflective accounts.

Intellectual skills are assessed normally through coursework, and learners are asked to demonstrate thinking and cognitive ability through a range of written assignments, poster presentation, seminar presentations, individual case study, viva, learning profile, and reflective accounts.

All aspects of the assessment strategy will be used to evaluate transferable/key skills and, where relevant, mapped against national standards.

  • Demonstrate critical reasoning with regard to complex issues, which shows an ability to explore and develop alternative solutions.
  • Critical evaluation of key concepts of knowledge. Extensive systematic reading and demonstration of insight and originality.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of relevant knowledge and applicable techniques which are at the forefront of professional practice.
  • Demonstrate synthesis and be able to deal with complex issues in an original manner.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current and/or new insight, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of professional knowledge and practice.
  • Ability to deploy accurately, creatively and imaginatively established techniques of analysis and enquiry.
  • Ability to critically evaluate current research, methodology and scholarship and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses.
  • Excellent communication skills which can reach a wider audience.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

The course takes an inter-professional stance, not seeking to be exclusively nurse-orientated although it is recognised that this group may take up the programme more commonly than other professions.

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