Health and Development and Complementary Therapy

  • code 09825
  • course 4
  • term Semester 1
  • type op
  • credits 3

Main language of instruction: English

 Sem.1  WE 12:00 14:00 
 Sem.1  FR 12:00 14:00 

Teaching staff

Head instructor

Gda. Blanca GOÑI -

Office hours

Via mail 

Professor Blanca Goñi


The course Health and Development  will introduce students into international health. It offers the students a general content on: globalization and health; the burden of disease in the world; epidemiological aspects of some tropical and emerging diseases; maternal and child health and nutrition in developing countries; the phenomenon of immigration and the main health problems of immigrant populations; planning and evaluation of health programmes in poor countries.

The subject will be taught in English and Spanish.

Pre-course requirements

  • Not required


Health and Development 

  1. Understand the different scenarios associated to the concept of international health.
  2. Know which is the role of professionals and the activities to develop in Primary Health Care in the context of international health.
  3. Get to know and evaluate tropical diseases in its international perspective.
  4. Assess the impact of emerging and reemerging diseases in an epidemiological context
  5. Analyse ethical issues in international health
  6. Know the basics of planning and development of programmes and projects in low - income countries.


  • 10. B - Protecting the health and welfare of individuals or groups by ensuring their safety.
  • 11. E - Establish effective communication with patients, families, social groups and partners and promote health education.
  • 17. E - Perform nursing care based on comprehensive health care, which involves multidisciplinary cooperation, integration of processes and continuity of care.
  • 1. G - Ability to provide technical and professional health care appropriate to the health needs of the people they treat, with full technical and scientific autonomy, according to current and available scientific knowledge and to the quality standards and safety requirements set forth in the applicable legal standards and code of ethics.
  • 21. B - Oral and written communication.
  • 24. G - Ability to work autonomously.
  • 26. G - Ability to generate knowledge from practice.
  • 27. G - Ability to adapt to new situations.
  • 30. E - Learn the strategies to provide comfort and treat symptoms, aimed at the patient and family in the implementation of palliative care, that contribute to alleviating the situation of advanced and terminal patients.
  • 3. E - Know and apply the theoretical and methodological foundations and principals of nursing.
  • 4. B - Understand the interactive behavior of the person according to their gender, group or community, within their social and multicultural context.
  • 7. B - Understand people without prejudice, considering their physical, psychological and social aspects, as autonomous and independent individuals, ensuring respect for their opinions, beliefs and values, ensuring their right to privacy through confidentiality and professional secrecy.
  • 8. B - Promote and respect the right of participation, information, autonomy and informed consent in decision-making of people treated, according to the way they live their health - disease process..
  • 9. E - Promote healthy lifestyles, self-care, as well as the maintenance of therapeutic and preventive behaviors.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand the biological and social aspects of health on a global scene.
  • Analyse the goals to be achieved in the international context based on epidemiological and social needs.
  • Understand aspects inherent in the development of professional skills to work in tropical medicine scenarios.
  • Get to know the skills and attitudes necessary to look after immigrant groups under the national health system, mainly in Primary Health Care.


I. International Health

  1. Introduction: Global health.
  2. The burden of disease
  3. Poverty and Health Inequity
  4. Non-Communicable diseases.
  5. Communicable diseases
  6. New and emergent conditions
  7. Training healthcare staff in low income countries
  8. Nutrition as a cross cutting issue in development projects
  9. Migration crisis: a global health challenge in Europe
  10. Maternal and child health in developing countries
  11. Global Environmental Health
  12. Refugees and Humanitarian Crises
  13. Epidemiology and research in global health
  14. Global Health Governance


Teaching and learning activities

  • Lectures
  • Cases and practical exercises
  • Individual and group work: readings and exercises
  • Discussion and participation 

Evaluation systems and criteria

Final exam (40%) of the contents of the course including open-ended questiions and multiple-choice questions.

Activities of continuous evaluation (60%) which will consist of participation and compulsory attendance to 75% of the classes, and carrying out activities in class, excercises and projects.

In order to pass the course it is necessary to have a minimum grade of 4 in the final exam and that the final grade with the sum of both parties has a minimum grade of 5. 

In the case of failing the examen with a grade less than 4, it will be possible to take a second chance of the final exam, except in the case of continuous evaluation.


First resit: final exam on the contents of the subject. 

Bibliography and resources

Bibliography will be completed during the course

Bell Dion R. Tropical Medicine 4th ed. Blackwell Science 2001

CAMFyC. Guia per l’abordatge de la població immigrant des de l’Atenció Primària de la salut.

Generalitat de Catalunya, 2005. Protocol d’atenció a infants immigrants. Programa de seguiment del nen sa. Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament de Salut. Barcelona 2005

Guayta R. Epidemiología de la inmigración. El fenómeno en cifras. El Farmacèutico (suplemento monográfico Inmigración: un nuevo reto social y sanitario). Febrero 2006

Markle W et al (Ed.). Understanding global health. New York: McGraw Hill Education, 2014.

Evaluation period

E: exam date | R: revision date | 1: first session | 2: second session:

  • E1 18/11/2019 12:00h
  • R1 04/12/2019 10:00h
  • E2 03/07/2020 08:00h
  • R2 06/07/2020 10:00h
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