Health and Development (909N1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Despite 20th-century medical and technological advances, health status is desperately low in many parts of the world – millions of people lack access to basic services.

This module examines a selection of the major health challenges of the 21st century. It explores how changes in demography, the burden of disease and the relative roles of markets, states and civil society have affected health systems and responses. The module will seek to place the topics in historical context. It’ll identify new, emerging approaches to translate investments in facilities, personnel, drugs and other consumable goods into effective services that meet the needs of the poor.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.