This innovative and successful programme, run by the Centre for Global Health, aims to provide graduates with a greater appreciation of the global interconnectedness of health problems and to equip them with a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the challenges of global health. Designed for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions, the programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach that integrates health and social science perspectives to analyse, design, implement and evaluate health programmes within a global context.
Global health is an attempt to address health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries, and are informed by the circumstances and experiences of countries in differing contexts. The underlying assumption is that the world´s health problems are shared and are best tackled by cooperative action and the sharing of innovative solutions.
The MSc in Global Health augments traditional approaches to public and international health by bringing together perspectives and insights from a range of health and social sciences in understanding and resolving the challenges of global health. These problems may arise, for example, in relief and development programmes in developing countries; in conflict and post-conflict situations; with refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants; with tourists and business travellers. All countries give rise to inequities in health, wealth, education and human rights, and the interconnectedness of these issues will be a major theme running throughout the course.
The course also lays emphasis on `local' experiences that resonates globally in the case of Ireland. These include the influence of poverty and rapid social change on health and identity in Ireland; migration and refugee welfare, the consequences of ethnic conflict, the peace process and the challenges of reconciliation for creating inclusive health services. The strongest emphasis within the course is on health in developing countries and the impact of globalisation.
Part-Time Course Fee (2010-2011) EU Fee: 5 750 / year Non-EU Fee: 11 500 / year
The programme adopts the following methods to facilitate teaching and learning among participants:
The MSc in Global Health is a one-year, full-time programme, with an option to study part-time over two years. Students must complete the equivalent of 90 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits to graduate: 60 ECTS credits for the taught component and 30 ECTS credits for the dissertation. The academic year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas (Term 1), Hilary (Term 2) and Trinity (Term 3). The first two terms form the taught component of the course, and the last term is to finalise the research dissertation requirement.
Term 1: Michaelmas (September - December)September - December
Lectures for Term 1 commence at the end of September and students are required to complete 6 core compulsory modules. These core modules are designed to increase understanding of health determinants, health system organisation, health policy and financing, and various research methodologies and skills useful in the field of global health. All core modules are assessed through continuous assessment.
Lectures run every week from Monday through Wednesday. Students are also required to participate in the Global Health Seminar series as part of the curriculum. Thursday and Friday will be for personal study, where the schedule on these days will be left to the discretion of the student. Epidemiology is scheduled as a one-week intensive module during the last week of Term 1.
Term 2: Hilary (January - April)January - April
In Term 2, students are required to complete two compulsory modules and 4 optional modules, which may reflect the diversity of their academic, research and career interests. Term 2 is organised in a modular structure, with ten one-week teaching blocks. Each optional module is a one-week intensive course, with lectures scheduled Monday to Friday. The additional weeks where students are not registered for modules are intended for personal study and preparation for the individual research project in Term 3.
Optional Modules: The following is the list of optional modules available during the 2009-2010 academic year (this list is subject to change and will be finalised during Term 1):
Term 3: Trinity (April - September)April - September
In Term 3, students are expected to undertake and complete a programme of research leading to the writing and submission of a dissertation. The dissertation may be written following research and/or field placement with partner organizations or research institutions, government departments, international agencies, and civil society organizations in Ireland or elsewhere. Students who decide to complete their research projects overseas will need additional funds of up to EUR1,500 to cover the costs involved.
Individual schedules for Term 3 will depend on arrangements previously agreed by students and research supervisors for field placement or research. Assessment of the research project will be by submission of a dissertation of a maximum of 15,000 words, which is to be submitted by September of the year of registration.
The taught component consists of compulsory modules designed to increase understanding of health determinants, health system organisation, health policy and financing, and various research methodologies and skills useful in the field of global health. In addition, students must take optional modules, which may reflect the diversity of their academic, research and career interests. Upon completion of the modules, students will undertake and complete a programme of research leading to the writing and submission of a dissertation. The dissertation may be written following research and/or internship placement with government departments, international agencies and civil society organisations in Ireland or elsewhere.The part-time programme will be scheduled over two academic years, following the schedule of the full-time programme. To obtain the MSc in Global Health degree, part-time students must complete the same academic requirements as students in the full-time programme.
This programme is intended for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions who wish to develop an understanding of health issues that integrate health and social science perspectives in a global context.
In addition to the general entry requirements for postgraduate study in Trinity College, applicants should be graduates of a health or social science discipline and/or have relevant equivalent experience. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated interest and/or experience in global health or health issues in developing countries.
Applicants will need to hold:
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
No work experience is required.
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