Major in Global Health and Development

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Major in Global Health and Development (96 credits)

Anchoring Courses (6 credits each, totalling 24 credits)

Year 1

GHAD1001

Foundations in global health and development

Foundations in global health and development

GHAD1001

Year 1

This course provides an introductory overview of the multidisciplinary challenges and nature of global health and development, including architecture, economics and finance, law, policy and politics, and public health. The course explains how the disciplines are intertwined in shaping current challenges, solutions and concerns including climate change, urbanization, emerging infectious diseases, and inappropriate use of technologies in development. Within this multidisciplinary framework, students will be introduced to the fundamental principles and history of public health (including role of surveillance, identification of risk and causes of disease [epidemiology], as well as programme implementation and evaluation) and the key determinants of health (social, economic and political). Students will consider the implications of potential health and development strategies at local, national and international levels, and appreciate the importance of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaboration in shaping global health and development via tutorials using real-world scenarios.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

GHAD2001

Globalisation

Globalisation

GHAD2001

Year 2

This course provides an overview of globalisation and its impact on global health and development. The course covers basic concepts of globalisation, and its impact on health and development using real world examples such as infectious diseases, climate change, and the emergence of supranational corporations. The course will demonstrate how globalisation has influenced approaches used to mitigate global health and development problems, as well as the role of both health and non-health organisations. The course concludes by explaining the relevance of globalisation in the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

GHAD3001

Global governance and policy setting in global health and development

GHAD3001

Year 3

Global governance and policy setting in global health and development

This course explores the importance of global governance and policy in global health and development. The course covers the elements required to achieve global governance, including the links between international, regional and local actors in global health and development, the reasons why and how states and other entities cooperate, and the changing nature of global cooperation. The course also covers theories and case studies within policy studies and international political economy, partnerships required for efficient public policy, and how public policies should be formulated to address global health and development issues. In case studies, students will consider the role of governance, policy setting and regulations for risk reduction and health protection (e.g. tobacco control and sugar tax) in supporting product development and trade relationships. Students are expected to apply their knowledge into practice such as formulating public policy to address the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in case studies.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 4

GHAD4001

Leadership and advocacy in global health and development

GHAD4001

Year 4

Leadership and advocacy in global health and development

This course explores the importance of leadership and advocacy skills in the context of global health and development. Understanding and responding to the sources of legitimacy, authority, politics and power and the role of agency in constituting various activities in the society within complex environments requires careful management by skilful global leaders.  The course discusses elements of success and challenges in leadership and advocacy, and critically appraises issues in leadership and advocacy drawing from real world examples. The students are expected to demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills necessary to improve global health and development in given scenarios.

Pre-requisite: No

 

Compulsory Courses (6 credits each, totalling 24 credits)

Year 1

GHAD1002

Introductory economics and finance

Year 1

GHAD1002

Introductory economics and finance

This course introduces the basic concepts of economics related to global health and development. Topics include microeconomics (e.g. the study of demand and supply, consumer theory etc), macroeconomics (e.g. the study of business cycle fluctuations and long-run economic growth). The course also covers basic concepts and tools applicable to financial decision-making processes (e.g. the conditions necessary to use money to make money, risk and return, capital raising, valuations, bonds etc) that should be appreciated by stakeholders in global health and development.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 1

STAT1600

Statistics: Ideas and concepts

Year 1

STAT1600

Statistics: Ideas and concepts

The course aims at providing a broad overview of statistics for students who aspire to major in Statistics or Risk Management. It focuses on the roles of statistics as a scientific tool with applications to a wide spectrum of disciplines, and as a science of reasoning which has revolutionized modern intellectual endeavours. It lays a panoramic foundation for a formal study of statistics at the university level.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

GHAD2002

Legal foundations for global health and development

Year 2

GHAD2002

Legal foundations for global health and development

This course provides the legal foundations for global health and development. Topics include the basic principles of global health justice, the role of international law in global governance of health, and the main sources of global health law (e.g. international health law; and human rights to health). Real-life examples are used to relate international law and global health in practice (e.g. the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). The course also discusses the challenges in using law as a means to optimize global health and development, such as striking a balance between international health and trades (e.g. optimizing built environment for health, and incentives/disincentives for health).

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

BBMS2011

Research methods in medicine and health sciences

BBMS2011

Year 2

Research methods in medicine and health sciences

This course introduces students to a comprehensive set of knowledge and practical skills necessary for understanding, appraising, and conducting clinical research. Students will start by examining the epistemological basis of scientific inquiry and its evolution, and begin formulating relevant research questions within an empirical framework. Students will then be introduced to different approaches to answer research questions, including major epidemiologic study designs and qualitative methods, and will learn about important considerations when conducting research, including ethics, survey design, and data management & analysis. Finally, students will move past learning about the “doing” aspect of research and focus on developing skills related to interpreting and communicating results from studies.

Pre-requisite: No

 

Disciplinary Core Courses (6 credits each, totalling 36 credits) (select 6 out of 12)

Year 2

URBS1003

Theories and global trends in urban development

Year 2

URBS1003

Theories and global trends in urban development

The course introduces students to global urbanisation trends as well as basic theories for understanding cities. Drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives, students will be exposed to relevant theories from urban sociology, public policy and political science, economics, design, geography, environmental management and planning.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

POLI2106

Introduction to international relations

POLI2106

Year 2

Introduction to international relations

In this course students will be introduced to the central concepts in, and theoretical approaches to, the study of world politics both in historical and contemporary contexts. The first five classes will focus on the evolution of world politics as well as the concepts and predominant theoretical approaches used by students of international relations to understand and explain the field. The course then will explore specific issues in international relations. These include: the study of foreign policy and decision making; international ethics; international economy; causes of conflict, war and peace; new security issues; and issues of global governance. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to think critically about world politics and hone specific academic skills. The course provides a foundation for further study in world politics.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

ECON2262

Economic development

ECON2262

Year 2

Economic development

This course examines the leading theories in development economics and their empirical applications. After an overview of the classic models of economic growth, the course will discuss the importance of human capital, institutions, culture, politics, and violence, among others, in economic development. As a result of taking this course, students are expected to understand both classic and frontier theories that are central to development economics, and to be able to conduct preliminary analysis on the pertinent realistic issues in an empirical fashion.

Pre-requisite:

ECON1210 Introductory microeconomics and ECON1220 Introductory macroeconomics for non-BASc(GHD) students; or GHAD1002 Introductory economics and finance for BASc(GHD) students

Year 2

GEOG2124

Environmental change and socio-political conflicts

GEOG2124

Year 2

Environmental change and socio-political conflicts

This course examines the relationship between global environmental change, population growth, and socio-political stability in the 21st century, with a special focus on the likelihood of environmentally related violence in the developing world. The background knowledge of climate-induced and human-induced environmental change will be introduced.  The associated physical and social dimensions of environmental change will also be covered. Emphasis is placed on discussing how environmental stress triggers human conflicts in geopolitical perspective.  This is a course of general appeal to students with different backgrounds.  Each class will begin with a lecture, followed by significant time for questions and discussion. Debate is encouraged.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

SOWK3099

Population and development

Year 2

SOWK3099

Population and development

This course introduces you to population issues, concepts, theories and methods by encompassing the entire field of demography, including principle and practice. It offers an overview of various aspects of demographic growth and transition relating to changes in health and mortality, fertility, migration, age structure, urbanization, family and household structure. This course also examines the relations between population and development and their potential consequences from a sociological, economic and geographical perspective. Other topics include global variation in population size and growth, various demographic perspectives and their modern implications, environmental impacts, and population policy.  Special emphasis on demographic transition in Hong Kong and its neighbourhood region will be highlighted in the course.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

LLAW3027

International organisations

Year 3

LLAW3027

International organisations

International organizations: their developing importance especially in regional affairs; their constitutions; their law-making roles and methods; the importance of consensus, package deals and weighted votes; their status within the framework of international law. A selection will be made from the following case studies: The United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III); Regional economic organization: the Pacific Forum, the Organization of American States, the Organization of African Unity; Regional defence organization: NATO, the Warsaw Pact.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

POLI3080

Global political economy

POLI3080

Year 3

Global political economy

This course explores the political dimensions of global economic relations. The objectives of this course are to give students a better appreciation of major problems and dilemmas of contemporary global economy and to provide a conceptual framework for addressing policy problems in the global economy. We begin by examining several contending perspectives on global political economy. The course then examines distinct issue areas: globalization, development, trade, capital flows, financial crises, multinational production, environmental degradation, world hunger, and the transnational movement of people. 

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

GHAD3002

Health systems and financing

GHAD3002

Year 3

Health systems and financing

This course explores the importance of health systems and financing in global health and development. Given the heterogeneous nature of health financing, the course takes a tri-axial approach and considers what has been provided and financed and analyses the origins and flow of financial resources from revenue sources to financing schemes. Understanding health system performance, and particularly how the factors of production influence usage is of critical importance to global health. The course takes an overarching view of health systems and how these systems are responding to changes brought on by globalisation.  The course will consider the historical development of health systems, the elements of health systems, and their typologies. Real world examples are used to discuss the role of different stakeholders and regulations in shaping health systems. The course also examines how health systems performance is evaluated, including efficiency and efficacy.  The course also covers the financing of health systems, as well as the issues, challenges and politics of resource allocation. 

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

GHAD3003

The role of innovation and technology in shaping directions health and development

Year 3

GHAD3003

The role of innovation and technology in shaping directions health and development

This course discusses the importance of innovation and technology in health and development. The course covers the processes, development, optimization and implementation of innovation and technology in health and development, as well as the stakeholders involved. Particular focus will be placed on the practical implementation of technology in different contexts and the associated constraints. Cases are used to allow students evaluate why certain technological applications succeed whereas others fail to be widely implemented, as well as the unintended consequences of the use of technology in health and development. Future directions of innovation and technology in the context of health and development are discussed.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 4

GHAD4002

The role and impact of private sector in health and development

Year 4

GHAD4002

The role and impact of private sector in health and development

This course will look at the role of the private sector in shaping health and development. It will examine questions of how private sector actors influence treatment and payment decisions; how finance can be used to improve service delivery; the role of multinational corporations such as food and pharmaceutical companies in health and development; how multinational organisations can engage with private sector actors in addition to governments; and conclude by looking at different best practices of public and private partnerships. In case studies, students will consider the role of the private sector in product regulatory compliance, corporate responsibility and adherence with local, regional and international laws that govern health and safety.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 4

GHAD4003

Seminar in major global health and development challenges

Year 4

GHAD4003

Seminar in major global health and development challenges

This seminar course covers topics related to current global health and development challenges, including one belt one road initiative, urbanization, migration, sustainable development, and Global South. Drawing from up-to-date information from various sources, students will proactively participate in case-based discussions, critically evaluate the issues, and propose solutions to address the given challenges. Taking a problem solving approach and integrating acquired knowledge and skills, students will identify possible solutions, consider/weigh the alternatives and prepare a structured argument. In this seminar series, students will demonstrate communication competencies using various media (e.g. pamphlets, promotional materials, videos and other electronic means) to a variety of audiences (e.g. important stakeholders).

Pre-requisite: No

Year 4

GHAD4004

Bringing it all together: Seminar in planetary health

Year 4

GHAD4004

Bringing it all together: Seminar in planetary health

This seminar will cover topics in planetary health, including climate change and environment, the concept of one health in emerging infectious disease, global burden of disease and food security. Drawing from up-to-date information from various sources, students will proactively participate in case-based discussions, critically evaluate the issues, and propose solutions to address the given challenges.  Taking a problem-solving approach and integrating acquired knowledge and skills, students will identify possible solutions, consider/weigh the alternatives and prepare a structured argument. In this seminar series, students will demonstrate communication competencies using various media (e.g. pamphlets, promotional materials, videos and other electronic means) to a variety of audiences (e.g. important stakeholders).

Pre-requisite: No