- Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes a global perspective on the factors shaping health and wellbeing across the world and seeks to identify strategies to address inequalities in health outcomes within and across countries.
- Focus is on knowledge of concepts and approaches relevant to the study of health inequalities and skills to address them.
- Building on the foundation of core classes studied by all IGHD Masters students, this flagship programme provides the maximum elective choice of classes and thus the greatest flexibility to shape a programme of study.
Recent years have seen increased attention on the field of global health as a major driver of development, international cooperation and diplomacy. Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes a global perspective on the state of peoples health, and enhances knowledge and implementation of effective intervention strategies through a systematic examination of health problems and their determinants.
This course is particularly suited to individuals working, or planning to work, in enhancing population health in middle or low-income countries, within governmental (eg Ministry of Health), non-governmental or intergovernmental organisations (eg WHO or UN agencies). It will equip you to work effectively at a senior level to promote the health and social wellbeing of populations through the development of effective and responsive health systems. It will orient you to issues on which staff of the Institute are recognised to have made world-leading research contributions, such as supporting health systems strengthening in fragile and confict-affected states, and mental health and psychosocial support for vulnerable populations. Participants are typically drawn from a broad range of backgrounds, including physicians, nurses, health ministries and the NGO sector.
MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)
At QMU. Some modules are available through online learning.
Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest.
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 5 years
September and January
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 exact attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules typically run over five weeks and involve two sessions of three hours in class. In addition, for each module students spend around 10-12 hours of each week on preparatory class work independently and with colleagues, including readings and exercises available on dedicated web-based learning platforms.
Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health, social science or development related subject. Diplomates should have completed the final exam of a professional body. All applicants should be able to demonstrate interest in the field of health through professional or voluntary work experience.
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.
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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
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Students study core modules totalling 60 credits addressing such subjects as Global Health and Social Policy; Researching Global Health and Development; Global Public Health; and Health Systems. A further 60 credits are then selected from the broad range of classes available within the Institute or from other QMU programmes recognised as of relevance.
The former includes modules such as Qualitative Research Methods, Gender Health and Development, Sexual and
Reproductive Health, Social Development Policy and Practice and a range of elective classes available subject to student demand. The latter includes modules related to leadership, research, advocacy and specialised fields of study such as nutrition and epidemiology.
For the MSc award you will then complete a dissertation on an approved topic related to global heath and development (60 credits).
The modules listed here are correct at the time of p (July 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 well equipped for employment as a global health practitioner, senior health manager or policy maker working in, or advising regarding, 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.