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MSc Global Health

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- Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes an international perspective on the state of people’s health in low and middle income countries and transitional economies.
- Focus is on the social determinants of health and strategies for addressing poor health outcomes.
- You will be equipped with multidisciplinary approaches, evidence and skills for careers in health planning, management and policy advice.

This course is for individuals working, or planning to work, in developing and transitional countries or applicants with experience in NGOs or other relevant experience. It will equip you to work effectively at a senior level to promote the health and social wellbeing of populations in low, middle income and transitional countries through the development of effective and responsive health systems. Participants are typically drawn from health ministries and the NGO sector.

Our MSc in Global Health allows you to adopt specialised pathways focusing on health systems, human resources for health or humanitarian emergencies/post-conflict recovery.

Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes a global perspective on the state of people’s health, and enhances knowledge and implementation of effective intervention strategies through a systematic examination of health problems, their determinants, and their solutions around the world. It examines the drivers of global health policy and determinants of health in disadvantaged populations.

Please note MSc International Health for trop Ed is also available.

EXIT AWARDS: MSc (180 credits) )/PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU. Some modules are available through distance learning.

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 5 years

Start date: January and September

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations. For their dissertation projects, students can chose to collect desk-based studies
or conduct primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in health and development.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Links with industry/professional bodies: Please note MSc International Health for trop Ed is also available please see:

Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a healthrelated area. Diplomates should
have completed the final exam of a professional body. Applicants from other backgrounds (e.g. social science, social anthropology) are also welcomed, if they can demonstrate understanding/ experience of health issues.

International: Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving a minimum overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £6750 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £700 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £1400

International - full-time: £13500 per year

International - part-time: £1400 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £3580

Scholarships: Santander Scholarships 2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IIHD. Fees and Funding for more information.

More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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Global Health and Social Policy/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Global Public Health/ Either Social Development Policy and Practice or Health Systems/: Either Qualitative Research Methods Or Research Design and Proposal Writing (distance)

You will also study three 15 credit elective modules.

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Additional elective modules available - please contact for details.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

As a graduate you will be wellequipped to work as an international health practitioner or as a senior health manager or policy maker in a developing country or one in economic transition. Graduates have attained such positions as: health programme manager; humanitarian co-ordinator; civil society programme manager; research and advocacy officer; donor agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.

Case study:
Carolyn Blake, MSc Global Health

I still very much remember the day I received my acceptance letter to join the MSc International Health at QMU. The feeling of excitement I felt that day continued throughout the study year until graduation day.

The interest of studying international public health came to me while volunteering for local NGOs in South Africa. At that time, a high number of babies were born HIV+ and their mothers were not receiving the required treatment and care. These newborns, their mothers and families were the victims of a health system that was not responsive and adequately equipped to prevent and manage cases of HIV/AIDS. This injustice fuelled my desire to work in the area of public health, and more specifically sexual and reproductive health.

After completing a BA in Social and Political Sciences and working for a few years, I applied to
the MSc International Health at IIHD because of its broad outlook on public health. The course took on the full spectrum of the health system as well as the all-important social determinants of health. I could therefore study international health, research and project management in a transdisciplinary manner, which was reflected in the diverse background of fellow students (ie social sciences, medicine, nursing, midwifery, biology and business).

The flexibility of the course structure enabled me to select classes in the area of sexual and reproductive health and to carry out research in Uganda for my thesis work. Classroom discussions were engaging and dynamic and staff and fellow students were always available to support when needed. The course work was intense but also very gratifying as discussions were grounded in the reality of today’s world.

The year at QMU was worth the investment; I gained the skills and knowledge needed to work in public
health and met some amazing people who are still friends today. After graduation, I did internships and consultancies for various organisations to gain the necessary experience. This led to my current position at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute where I work as a project manager in the area of sexual and reproductive health. My main focus is on the design, implementation and evaluation of programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa – a job that I have been enjoying very much.



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0131 474 0000 or
Oonagh O’Brien
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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