Skip to main content

Unit information: Child Health in 2022/23

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

Unit name Child Health
Unit code SSCM30004
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ellis
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)


Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Unit Information

This unit aims to develop students’ interest in, as well as knowledge and understanding of:

  • Conditions of global importance affecting children’s health
  • The global burden and causes of child morbidity and mortality
  • Impact of programmes designed to reduce inequalities in child health

Your learning on this unit

  • Appreciate the factors that have contributed to changes of global burden of child health over time and be aware of the major determinants of child health.
  • Give examples of the practicalities of good perinatal care in poor-income-settings including challenges in HIV prevention
  • Explain the importance of injury in childhood as a cause of mortality and morbidity and discuss the efficacy of accident reduction programmes
  • Understand the importance of nutrition on child health
  • Have knowledge of emerging problem of obesity and be able to discuss causality and the health impacts that arise.
  • Appreciate principles underpinning the Rights of the Child
  • Describe and evaluate global programmes to improve child health such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

All students will complete a group presentation during the unit and the summative exam assessment at the end of the unit.

Group assessed presentation or debate - 30%

1 hour examination 70%


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. SSCM30004).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.