Course Title: Global Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Health

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

Course Coordinator: Professor Eleanor Holroyd

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7179

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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Course Description

Global Health is an option course which will introduce you to the concept of the Global Burden of Disease and the Millennium Development Goals within the context of the Global Community. You will consider the role of the nurse in matters of International Health and identify the social determinants as they impact on health and health inequities. This course will challenge you to truly become a health care provider in the global community.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse:

PLO 2: Practices within a professional and ethical nursing framework

PLO 4: Participates in ongoing professional development of self and others

PLO 10: Collaborates with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to provide comprehensive nursing care

(Reference : Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse)


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1.    Identify the historical development of the current global health organisations and their impact on health care issues
  2. Recognise the global burden of disease and the role of the
    Millennium  Development Goals
  3. Locate the social determinants of health within the context of
    health inequities and at risk populations.
  4. Identify global health care responsibilities to the poor,
    the disadvantaged and developing nations.
  5.    Discuss the concept of international health and the global community
  6.    Explain the role of health care systems and global communities in primary health, disaster management and environmental health using various examples

Overview of Learning Activities


This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to health care practice.

Learning activities may include modalities such as workshops, lectures and Lectopia/Echo360, Wiki’s Blogs and discussion board.  

Lectures/workshops: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of global healthcare practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning activity.  The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a healthcare professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.


Teacher Guided Hours: 24 hours (6 intensive workshops - 4 hours duration)

Learner Directed Hours: 48 hours to prepare for workshop activities and to complete assessment items 

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/ Echo360, Discussion Board or workshops and group discussions. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site. 

Overview of Assessment


This course has no hurdle requirement.


Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment:  Online short answer test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,3

Assessment  2:  Group Presentation in class and written summary

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

 Assessment Task 3: Assignment  (3,000 words)

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLO 1-6