Disease, Diplomacy and Development (004RA)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The 21st century confronts a wide range of pressing global health challenges, from threatening pandemics like COVID-19, and endemic diseases that undermine development goals, through to increasingly risky forms of scientific research.

  • Which are the major contemporary health challenges for sustainable development and international security?
  • How are those intersecting health challenges governed at global level?
  • What international political dynamics are shaping peoples’ health around the world?

This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the major global health challenges, as well as the international power dynamics shaping this field as it enters a post-COVID, post-global, and post-colonial era.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: