In a world where various sources and types of information and data are readily accessible, and burdens on global health systems and organisations are complex, informed decision making is critical. This unit builds on students' skills in using systems thinking frameworks and tools of evidence-based decision making needed for a dynamic global health landscape. Students will develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process. This includes scanning the environment, setting the direction and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation. Students will also learn how to communicate evidence to influence decision-makers and impact policy and prioritise public health programs and resources globally.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the meaning of knowledge and evidence and how this relates to decision making in global public health contexts;  
  2. Exhibit evidence of enhanced personal knowledge, skills and attitudes they relate to the effective exercise of leadership within global health systems;  
  3. Critically appraise information sources to prioritise initiatives and solve complex problems within global health systems;  
  4. Articulate the rationale for systems thinking to intervene in and improve global health systems; and  
  5. Substantiate evidence to influence decision-makers and impact policy to prioritise public health initiatives.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Leadership within global health systems 10%
Literature Review Critical review and appraisal to prioritise interventions to solve a complex global health problem (2000 words) 40%
Research Paper Systems thinking to describe and intervene in global health systems (2500 words) 50%

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