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BMED12-123: Global Health Issues September 2021 [Standard]

General information

This subject focusses on issues of global health in the 21st century. It includes examining public health approaches that are practical and effective in the context of developing countries compared and contrasted to those that may be applicable in developed countries including Australia.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:BMED12-123
Subject title:Global Health Issues
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at PBL is compulsory. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the PBL classes and submit worksheets from the workshops each week in order to pass the subject. Formal lectures, including special guests are scheduled for each week. In addition students are expected to attend weekly tutorial groups and participate in group discussions. Tutorials will feature a weekly quiz to assist students in preparation for the final exam. Students can self select assignment topics of interest to maximize personal learning. This is an interactive subject requiring full student engagement.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Describe major determinants of health in the context of developing and developed countries
  2. Discuss public health approaches to reducing the burden of disease in various contexts including those found in developed and developing countries
  3. Compare and contrast public health policy and practice in developed and developing countries


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Presentation § This small group presentation with written submission (max 1000 words/group) of their presentation requires students to advocate for a humanitarian agency in relation to a global health issue by presenting a compelling argument and strategy as to why the community should support this organisation. Presentation to include: • profile of the agency, • funding structure, • achievements, • challenges, • global impact in terms of health priorities, • call to action – what can we at Bond do to support their work? Groups and agencies will be organised by the end of week 2. 30% Week 7 1, 2, 3.
Essay This is an individual assessment; each student is required to write a report (2,500 words excluding references) on a selected case study of a response to a specific global health challenge. ONE topic to be chosen from the following Global Health Issues: • Air pollution • Climate Change • HIV complacency • Mental Health for trauma survivors • Reproductive health • Super bug: Drug resistant bacteria • Vaccines • Violence against women • Workforce shortages • Zika 30% Week 10 1, 2, 3.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) (MCQs and SAQs) multiple choice and short answer questions based on course content - ilearn 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3.

Pass requirement

Students must pass all components of assessment to achieve an over all pass in this subject.

  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Subject introduction, global indicators, health outcomes in developing and developed countries

1, 2, 3.

Indigenous peoples in developed and developing countries

1, 2, 3.

Social determinants of health, the right to health, health advocacy, public health concepts

1, 2, 3.

Population and maternal health, childhood disease and gender issues

1, 2, 3.

Nutrition and famine, global issues for sustainability, future issues for food

1, 2, 3.

Water, sanitation and hygiene, STDs, TB, antibiotic resistance

1, 2, 3.

The role of non-government humanitarian agencies in global health

1, 2, 3.

Global challenges and inequities in mental health

WHO, United Nations. Developing versus developed health systems

Slavery, child labour, global work environments

Impact of prejudice, peace, migration and refugees

Subject review, debate on how to address global health issues

1, 2, 3.
Approved on: Jul 9, 2021. Edition: 1.6