Global Health & Social Policies

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
  • IHSM-EU-HEM-E2.1.2
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Dr. Told Michaela
  • FH-Prof. Dr. Heiss Raffael, MA
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • • Students learn about key international actors and how they shape and influence health policies at national, regional, and global level.
    • Students understand the key drivers of the global obesity crises and how to respond to this crisis both locally and globally.
    • Students understand why mental health issues are on the rise, and learn about international initiatives and programs to deal with it.
Mode of delivery
  • -
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • Global Health Policies: The Examples of Obesity & Mental Health

    Policies influence the way governments act and influence population health. Some of the most important health challenges at national level have become global issues, which are hard to regulate on a mere national level. Two important examples are obesity and mental health. Both phenomena are linked to global changes in environmental and social conditions and require policies that meet the needs of the population. The goal of this course is to introduce some important international global health actors that influence national policies and to better understand the drivers of these two crises and to discuss potential solutions to it.

    The course comprises three independent parts. In the first part, the students will explore the dynamics of policy making at global level and its interlinkages to national policy makers. In the next two parts, the students will work on two examples of health policy responses: the global obesity crisis and rising levels of mental health issues.
Recommended or required reading
  • The lecturers will provide a basic literature list. Beyond this list, students will need to engage in an independent literature survey for their essays and factsheets.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions, and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English