POPLHLTH 752 : Case Studies in Global Health

Medical and Health Sciences

2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides the opportunity to develop critical awareness and practical engagement with a public health issue or issues facing people in the Asia Pacific region. The public health issues facing the region are broad and complex and require a region and country-specific response. Students will develop an understanding of the key health challenges, and the range of possible responses to improve health in the country and wider region.

Course Overview

This course can be taken as part of a General or Health Promotion pathway in a Postgraduate Certificate/ Diploma /Masters in Public Health programme, or towards the Pacific Health specialisation for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. 
This course is a required course for the Master of Public Health or Master of Health Leadership programme, Global Health Stream. 
Students are recommended to take POPLHLTH 715 (Global Public Health) prior to taking POPLHLTH 752.
Structure of the Course
Day 1: Establishing the Scene
Day 2: Agencies for Change 
Day 3: Innovations for Impact 
Day 4: Evidence of Impact

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Course Coordinator
Dr Judith McCool 
Associate Professor
Email: j.mccool@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 2372

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Public Health

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognise the complex, interwoven social, cultural and economic, governance and agency dynamics associated with drivers and solutions to global health challenges. (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Demonstrate the importance of global, regional and country specific strategic plans, targets and treaties by critiquing their development and relevance to regional and country specific targets. (Capability 1.2, 2.1, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Demonstrate effective advocacy and communication skills required to articulate country specific health priorities (Capability 2.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1 and 6.3)
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the the principles, ethical and practical considerations in designing, planning, implementing and evaluating global health health initiatives. (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Regional Strategic Document Appraisal 30% Individual Coursework
Briefing paper 30% Individual Coursework
Concept note (funding proposal) 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Regional Strategic Document Appraisal
Briefing paper
Concept note (funding proposal)

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 30 hours of lectures,  16 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 30 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials may be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.

Attendance on campus is not required for the assessments.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a  block delivery.

Learning Resources

The course occupies four full days in the classroom. The course is based on case studies, guest lecturers and video presentations from leaders in the field.
A course book of readings with a detailed course outline will be given to each student enrolling before the course commences. There is no text for the course.
Students are provided access to online course pages in CANVAS which is the University’s online Learning Management System. These pages give the course outline, objectives for each session and recommended reading. All PowerPoint presentations and additional course materials are available through CANVAS.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

All lectures will be automatically recorded and uploaded onto Canvas after each teaching day (within 48 hours). 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.