Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Bradley Crammond


Our health and well being are increasingly subject to global influences. The world's health challenges involve issues, determinants and solutions that transcend nation and culture. Consequently, their solutions require interdisciplinary perspectives and intersectoral collaboration. Students will identify how, where and why global and transnational issues impact on people's health; multidisciplinary approaches to research, policy and practice are so important; evidence based policy and practice are required to address such complex health challenges. Working in cross disciplinary syndicates, students will investigate some of the big questions of global health and development, involving poverty reduction and equality of access to health


On completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss development of, and progress towards, the Millennium Development Goals
  2. Describe how various disciplines and sectors contribute to the potential realization of those goals as exemplified in both small and large scale development projects
  3. Identify characteristics of effective project work undertaken by government and non]government organisations related to health, wellbeing and development in various contexts
  4. Examine evidence that supports applied policy making and practice in response to inter-related local, transnational and global challenges to health and wellbeing
  5. Reflect on the factors that influence your experience of working in a multidisciplinary team, including requisite knowledge and skills development.


Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 80% of tutorials
Formative assessment: Reflective essay or exercise related to the MDGs
Summative assessment:
Syndicate (Group) Presentation - 20%
Case evaluation - 40%: 2000 words
Literature review - 40%: 2000 words

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Contact hours

3 contact hours per week plus 9 hours per week private study.