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MSc International Health

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- Strong health systems are the pathway to improving health care delivery and health outcomes around the world.
- This course will enhance your understanding of how health systems work, and what is needed to make them work better.
- You will be equipped with multidisciplinary approaches, evidence and skills for careers in health planning, management and policy advice.

This course is for people working as health professionals those with an interest in global health. It will enhance your understanding of how to make health systems work better. This implies mobilising and investing sufficient resources, The appropriate distribution of resources and the uptake of available resources by those intended to use them. It also involves managing multiple players in public and private, formal and informal roles and developing strategies with the best chance of bringing about positive effects.

The course will equip you with the necessary skills for careers in health planning, management and policy advice.

You will focus on the key components of effective health systems and the policy instruments available to support their operation. Using a multidisciplinary approach and working with global experts, students will learn how to evaluate alternative policy options for improving health system functioning and formulate appropriate responses to specific health system problems. Working throughout the course on health systems problems in specific settings, you will develop strategic plans to tackle those problems and through your dissertation work, focus on an issue relevant in your workplace or future career plans.

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

Delivery: At QMU

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: September and January

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: Learning and teaching methods encourage group and independent learning. Teaching is comprised of combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations.

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, three weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related area. Diplomates should have completed the final exam of a professional body. Applicants from other backgrounds (eg social science, social anthropology) are also welcomed, if you can demonstrate understanding/ experience of health issues.

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

Home/EU - full-time: £6670 per year

Home/EU - part-time: £680 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time, dissertation: £1340

International - full-time: £13240 per year

International - part-time: £1200 per 15 credit module

International - part-time dissertation: £3580

Scholarships: -SAAS Funding: In 2014 this course had SAAS (Students Award Agency for Scotland) funding. This funding was available for some Scots-domiciled and non-UK EU postgraduate students as well as local students. It is likely that this will be available for entry in 2015 - please check the SAAS website

-Santander Scholarships: QMU is pleased to announce that two Santander Scholarships will be available in 2015 for £5,000 for international students undertaking a course within the Institute
of International Health and Development. Applications can be made by students who have received an offer of a place of study at the University. The application deadline for 2015 will be the end of May of that year.

- 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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15 credits: Health Systems/ International Public Health/ Global Health and Social Policy/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Research Design and Proposal Writing

You will also study three 15 credit modules of your choice from: Gender, Health and Development/ HIV and Development/ Project Design and Management/ Policy and Practice in Complex Emergencies/ Sexual and Reproductive Health/ Social Development and Policy and Planning/ Independent Study

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 well-equipped to work as a health planner, manager or policy advisor in an international setting. This is a new course but previous graduates of the Institute for International Health and Development have attained such positions as: health programme manager; project consultant; human resource manager; bilateral agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Karina Kielmann
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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