Development and Public Health

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSHE2ED3072

Semester and Year Offered:Monsoon Semester, 2018

Course Coordinator and Team: Dr Oinam Hemlata Devi

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Pre-requisites: None

Course Objectives/Description:

Focus on health is the key principle of understanding development and well-being of individuals. It concerns with physical, mental, and socio-environmental well –being of individuals providing an in-depth understanding of knowledge about diseases and illnesses, prevention and promotion of health and other related issues. It will enable students gaining a wide range of knowledge about human health in different ways and settings. This course will cover the general concept of health, development, environment and health, health promotion and services. This will further provide a scope for understanding and analysing the real life issues which will be beneficial at the individual, communities or global level.

Learning Objectives:

The course will enable the students

  • To understand the framework and connections between Development and Health
  • To familiarise the rationale of health through past and present experiences
  • To study, analyse, and understand various parameters of health and well-being of any human population
  • To develop curiosity towards Public Health issues and research

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, fundamentals and perspectives to understand Public Health issues across time and space.
  2. Read and write, communicate research findings effectively through written, media materials and colloquia.
  3. Familiar to the past and present health issues, Identify and evaluate the complex nature of health and health care systems.
  4. Analyse and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs on the basis of empirical evidence.
  5. Understand the role of power and politics in the outcomes of health and health care systems.
  6. Design and carry out independent research on various public health problems by considering the associated ethical concerns and managing appropriate resources.
  7. Exhibit critical thinking and scientific rigour while explaining and dealing with choices of treatment and management around various health issues.
  8. Analyse and synthesise data from a variety of sources.
  9. Identify knowledge and sources to bring improvement in lifestyle behaviours and attitudesfor the health and well-being of individuals at familial and societal level.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

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Introduction to Development and Health


Post-Colonial Development and Health


Culture, Health and Lifestyle (case studies)


Health and Economic Development


Food Security and Health


Health Promotion and services



  • Park, K. (2002) Preventive and Social medicine,New Delhi: B Jain Publishers.
  • Ember, C.R. & Ember, M. (2004). Encyclopaedia of medical anthropology. New York: Springer.
  • Phillips,D.R. &Verhasselt, Y. (Eds.).(2003): Health and Development . (Chapter 1 and 20.) New York: Routledge Publication
  • Richman,J. (2003). Holding Public Health Up for Inspection. In Costello, J and Haggart M. (Eds.). Public Health and Society (pp.3-20). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kunitz, S.J. (2007). Epistemology, Ideology and Epidemiology (Chapter 1: Two revolutions; Chapter 2: Counterrevolution) In Kunitz, S.J. The Health of Populations: General Theories and Practical realities
  • Ferzacaa, S. (2004). Post-Colonial Development and Public Health. In Ember, C.R. and Melvin Ember (Eds.). Encyclopaedia of Medical Anthropology(184-190pp.). New York: Kluwer Academic /Plenum Publishers.
  • Ramasubban, R. (2008). History of Public Health in Modern India. In Lewis, M.J. &McPherson, K.L. (Eds.).Public Health in Asia and the Pacific (87-105pp.). New York: Routledge.
  • Foster, G.M., and Anderson, B.G., (1978): Medical Anthropology (chapter 3). New York, John Willy and Sons
  • Castro,A.,&Farmer,P. (2004). Health and Economic Development. In Ember, C.R. & Ember, M. (Eds.). Encyclopaedia of medical anthropology (164-169pp.). New York: Springer.
  • WHO. (2006). Health as a driver of economic development: conceptual framework and related evidence for south-eastern Europe (Chapter 4). In Health and Economic Development in South-Eastern Europe (71-86pp.).
  • Roos, G. (2004). Nutrition and Health. In Ember, C.R., & Ember, M. (Eds.). Encyclopaedia of medical anthropology (178-183pp.). New York: Springer.
  • MacLachlan, M. (2006). Promoting health across cultures (chapter 8). In Culture and Health: A critical Perspective towards Global Health (226-258pp.). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Carr,S.,Unwin,N., &Pless-Mulloli (2007). Health Promotion (chapter 8). In An Introduction toPublic health and epidemiology (83-96pp). New York: OUP.
  • Behnassi,M., Draggan,S., &Yaya,S. (2011).Global Food Insecurity: Rethinking agriculture and rural development paradigm and policy. New York: Springer.


  • Schauffler, H.H., & Rodriguez, T. (1994).Availability and Utilization of Health Promotion Programs and Satisfaction with Health. Medical Care, 32(12): 1182-1196.
  • Raphael, D., Renwick, R., Brown,I., & Rootman, I.(1996) Quality of life indicators and health: current status and emerging conceptions. Social Indicators Research, 39(1): 65-88.
  • Hare, R.M. (1986).Health. Journal of Medical Ethics 12(4):174-181.
  • Back, D. (1991).Paying for Health. Journal of Medical Ethics, 17(3): 117-123.
  • Gupta,M.D., Desikachari,B.R., Shukla,R.,Somanathan,T.V.,Padmanaban,K. &Datta,K.K. (2010). How Might India’s Public Health Systems Be Strengthened? Lessons from Tamil Nadu. EPW Vol XLV (10): 47-60.

Assessment Design:

The students will be assessed on the basis of the following:


Assessment Pattern



Field Report



End term examination