Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Bradley Crammond


There is no issue of greater importance today than that of promoting global development. Contemporary global health challenges are closely related to problems of development. Consequently, global health solutions require interdisciplinary perspectives and intersectoral collaboration across health and development. In this Unit, developed in collaboration with Oxfam Australia as part of the Oxfam/Monash Partnership, students will identify how, where and why global and transnational issues impact on people's health. They will consider why multidisciplinary approaches to research, policy and practice are so important and why evidence based policy and practice are required to address such complex health challenges. Working in groups to address a series of case studies, students will investigate some of the big questions of global health and development, involving poverty reduction and equality of access to health. For the first time, in 2014 between 3 and 5 students will have the opportunity to complete a semester-long internship at Oxfam Australia.


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.


Some lectures may be conducted at Oxfam Australia to accommodate guest lecturers.


Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 80% of tutorials
Literature review - 40%: 2000 words
Syndicate (Group) Presentation - 20%
Case evaluation - 40%: 2000 words (for the students completing the internship the case evaluation will be developed from their work at Oxfam)

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Workload requirements

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