Global Health: Law and Policy

Course summary

This course offers a grounding in the fundamental elements of global health law and policy. It explores the form and function of global health; the social influences that can impact upon global health; and how international law and policy shape the contours of global health. This course also supports students to assess international institutions that administer global health programmes and/or respond to global health needs through international innovation and collaboration.


  1. Global Dimensions of Health
  2. Global Health: Institutions and Instruments
  3. Social Influences of Health
  4. Global Health Emergencies
  5. Sharing Knowledge, Experiences and Resources
  6. Clinical Trials in a Global Health Context
  7. Communicable Diseases
  8. Non-communicable Diseases
  9. Global Health, International Trade and Intellectual Property 
  10. The Limits of Law in Global Health

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, principles, actors and policies in global health law and policy;
  • apply knowledge, skills and understanding of the foundational theories, concepts and principles to critically analyse the roles and relationships within the global health setting;
  • develop, well-reasoned and justified arguments in response to the legal and policy issues arising in the global health context;
  • utilise concise, effective, cross-disciplinary communication skills to interact with colleagues from different professional backgrounds.


Summative essay (60%): max 4000 words, and written problem-based assignment (40%): max 1000 words 

Terms and conditions

Please note the University reserves the right to make variations to the contents of programmes, including the range of courses offered, and the available choice of courses in any given year may change.

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