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Unit information: Anthropology and Global Health in 2014/15

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Unit name Anthropology and Global Health
Unit code SSCM30003
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Lambert
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the roles of culture, social structure and political economy in shaping global health problems and interventions by introducing students to anthropological approaches to global health and bioethics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the importance of taking local and organizational culture, social structure and social processes into account in the design and appraisal of health interventions and in the interpretation of evidence concerning their effectiveness
  • Understand the value of involving local communities to facilitate effective health-related behavioural and social change
  • Recognise the role of medical pluralism and non-biomedical practices in health care provision
  • Be aware of ethical considerations in undertaking clinical trials and other types of health research in resource-poor settings
  • To consider diverse perspectives when planning or delivering health interventions in a culturally sensitive manner

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught in the form of workshops using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, presentations, journal clubs, debates and seminars.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: Group presentations in week 5 based on allotted readings

Summative assessment: 3000 word individual essay

Reading and References

Gender, health and gender equity in a global context Payne, S. (2009) How can gender equity be addressed through health systems?

World Health Organisation

Vlassoff, C and Moreno, CG (2002) Placing gender at the centre of health programming: challenges and limitations Social Science and Medicine, 54, 11, 1713-23 (ejournal, online) Doyal, L, (2000) Gender equity in health: Debates and dilemmas 51, 6, 931- 9

Krieger, N. (2003) Genders, sexes, and health: what are the connections? and why does it matter? International Journal of Epidemiology 32, 652-7

Standing, H. (1997) Gender and equity in health sector reform programmes: a review Health Policy and Planning, 12, 1-18 Child Health &the Rights of the Child

International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Lancet series – child survival (2003): Vol. 361, pp 2172, 2226-2234, Vol. 362, pp 65-71, 159-164, 233-241, 262 and 323-327

Waterston T, Goldhagen J. Why children’s rights are central to international child health. Arch Dis Child 2007 92: 176-180

Safe Motherhood. WHO reproductive health site + WHO (1999) Standards of midwifery practice for safe motherhood Please look at this website which graphically depicts the issues