IM0626 - The Context of Global Health and Nursing

What will I learn on this module?

The module covers a broad range of topics including;

Contextual health issues: globalisation of health and emerging health priorities and health transitions. Determinants and indicators of health, measuring health (epidemiology). Health inequalities, including gender, location, income/social class, ethnicity. United Nations sustainable goals and future targets. Global public health, war, conflict and migration. Climate change and disasters.

Politics and policies: how policy is made and implications of policy on the patient’s experience. Global health care systems. The State, non governmental organisations, the market and the voluntary sector, including family. The social, medical and traditional models of health. Economic development and emerging economies. International assistance. Geopolitics and the health threats. Human rights and social justice. Poverty. Universal health care. User involvement.

Nursing professional issues: Workforce investment – getting it right. Global and local shortages of skilled professional nurses and other healthcare staff. Migration. Health equity through action.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module there will be a variety of opportunities for learning. The opportunities and approaches used in the module will be delivered by experienced teaching staff and will be suited to a variety of different learning styles and approaches. There will be some key note lectures and structured seminar groups where opportunities will exist to apply knowledge to nursing practice through three separate group work tasks. The first group task is a formative presentation which asks students to discuss health issues that are of a particular interest. This will help them to focus on a specific area and start to think critically about a specific issue. It will also help to increase their confidence speaking in class and improve their presentation skills. The second formnative group task will take the form of a structured debate around a specified topic. This will help students to retrieve and analyse evidence as well as formulate an argument and articulate their views. This will help to support and develop their critical thinking ability and support their summative assessment. The third group task is a presentation focusing on the patient journey through health systems for different patients, taking into consideration gender, ethnicity and income group. This will help students to start focusing on their summative assignment and offers an opportunity for peer feedback.In addition, there will be a session in the IT lab to complete an online data gathering exercise. The purpose of this is to assist you to explore relevant health sites, information, documents and current health policy consultations. There are opportunities for discussion following this exercise. Students often find laws and (health) policy making in the UK fascinating. Material is posted regularly on the eLP along with web links to relevant online videos, documents and sites of information for you to access as directed and self-directed learning. There is ongoing feedback on progress on the group work presentations and classroom based discussions. There will be some suggestions for self-learning and evidence based learning (EBL) will be present to aid pedagogic approaches to learning. There will be some recordings made (on the eLP) as a learning guide to the sessions and resources so that you can listen again to key points.. Tasks are given to you in advance to prepare for the presentationsand the debate along with suggested specific reading/web resources and links to study skills plus on developing presentation skills. Time to prepare for the presentation and debate is included as part of the module guided independent study hours.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported on this module by the module team, who bring a wide range of expertise to help your learning and will use a variety of approaches to suit different learning styles. The university library offers an extensive collection of material, both hard copy and electronic, access to international databases and training on information retrieval, in addition to study space and IT equipment. The Skills 4 Study help sheets can be found on the library website. The University student support and wellbeing services offer information, guidance and support (for example, reviewing study strategies) for students with disabilities or difficulties.

There is also access to additional sessions on English for specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) to help develop academic and English Language skills, mainly for group members whose first language is not English.

Feedback will be given on the three formative group work exercises to help develop your academic and interpersonal skills.
You have the opportunity to formatively submit up to 1,000 words of your assignment by week 16. The marker will provide you with written feedback. You will have the opportunity to discuss your chosen topic in class with your peers. You can also arrange your own study groups with your peers.

Turn-it-in will also be available as an optional aid to assignment writing and to help develop academic writing and referencing skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Compare and contrast the main global health care systems in terms of patient impact.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Appreciate the impact of globalisation and future health challenges

3. Demonstrate how nursing care in social, cultural, legal, political and economic factors effect health, policy and nursing care delivery.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)
4. Appreciate where human rights interface with health policy through the consideration of health inequalities.

How will I be assessed?

1 The summative assessment is a completion of a 3,000 word essay that incorporates the module themes, and learning outcomes. These include the identification of the topic area and justification as an important health issue, identifying the relevant global, national and or regional health policy addressing this health issue. You will discuss the strengths and limitations of this policy referring to health inequalities and the patient experience and discuss the implications, recommendations and new perspectives where applicable for nursing practice. (MLO 1,2,3,4)

1.Completion of 1,000 words of the final assignment – individual feedback will be given within the module tutorial allowance. (MLO 1,2,3,4)

2. There will be two group work presentations in separate seminars to complete. This will help you explore the module material and to aid and develop your understanding. The presentations will also be helpful to assess that you are on track with your learning. It will also aid group learning and encourage the experience of working together. (MLO 1,2,3,4)

3. Web-based exercise. This will be done in the IT lab. You are expected to complete an online data gathering exercise. The purpose of this is to assist you to explore relevant health sites, information, documents and current health policy consultations. There are opportunities for discussion following this exercise. (MLO 1)
4. There will be a structured debate of a specified topic which will be chosen by the group. A debrief will be carried out following the debate, based around the Diamond Debrief model. (MLO 1,2,3,4)





Module abstract

On this module you will explore factors that impact upon health and health care systems from a macro perspective and how this is applied to nursing. This exploration will involve factors that influence health policy making across various global health systems. Through exploring these topics you will develop critical thinking on aspects that influence health and wellbeing, particularly from a preventative perspective and government policy response to health and health inequalities. This makes up a macro perspective on global health. Application for nursing practice will be evident throughout the module

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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