Global health concerns have become a central component of foreign and security policy and of development and human rights agendas, and have reshaped debates regarding the social impacts of global economic and environmental change.
Finding answers to the key questions confronting global health policy and practice is vital. Through this programme you will explore the issues that shape population health and build the knowledge and skills necessary to address them.
From the impact of globalisation and the recent development of influential global health partnerships to the complex relationships between health objectives and the trade policies of leading states, you’ll learn to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within policy studies, international political economy and public health science.
Situated within the Global Public Health Unit, this programme offers innovative research-led teaching that draws on academic expertise from disciplines including public health, political science, social policy, economics, medicine, epidemiology, geography and anthropology.
Our location within the Graduate School of Social and Political Science gives students access to an academically challenging but friendly and supportive environment and to diverse postgraduate courses offered in one of Europe’s leading centres of social science research.
This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.
The MSc in Global Health and Public Policy is offered as a one year full-time or two year part-time programme. The MSc provides a thorough training in the analysis of health inequalities and the social determinants of health, and incorporates substantial flexibility for students to develop an individual programme of study consistent with personal background and future objectives.
The programme is structured around three main components comprising two semesters of taught courses and a dissertation project. Semester 1 consists of 10 credit courses designed to equip students with core skills and to introduce key concepts. These prepare students to undertake the more detailed analyses offered by our specialist courses and by a diverse range of electives from across the university during Semester 2. Students are required to successfully complete 120 credits of coursework to proceed to the dissertation, the final and often the most rewarding stage of the programme.
All students on this programme take the Globalisation and public health core course (10 credits) and the specialist course in Global Politics of Public Health (20 credits). The programme is delivered in conjunction with other taught MSc programmes offered by the Global Public Health Unit, with students linked across these programmes to create a vibrant and cohesive cohort.Core concepts and key skills (total 60 credits)
Once students successfully complete the taught courses, they proceed to the dissertation component of the MSc. The dissertation offers students the chance to explore in depth a topic of their choosing relevant to health systems, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Students can choose a project suggested by staff, which often gives an opportunity to contribute to ongoing programmes of research within GPHU, or they may propose a topic independently. We recognise the different purposes that dissertations can serve and offer a range of projects (literature reviews, policy reports, original research projects) to enable you to make the most of this opportunity. This is a chance to develop a detailed analysis of a health systems issue that fascinates you, and offers good preparation for further academic study and/or employment.Part-time students
Substantial flexibility is afforded within part time study to enable students to fit participating in the programme alongside work or personal commitments. One popular route is for students to take 80 credits worth of courses in their first year and 40 credits in their second, allowing for the dissertation component to be started as early as April or May of the first year.
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The academic entry requirement is a UK Bachelor Honours degree with at least 2:1 or its international equivalent.
An official transcript and certificate (if the degree has been awarded) is required upon application. References are not required upon initial application but may be requested at a later stage in the application process.
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