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Erasmus+ MSc Global Health

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An Innovative e-learning and blended teaching programme

Do you want to study a Masters' programme but are not able to leave your job or home for a full year? This new programme offers an ideal solution so you can benefit from a balanced blended teaching programme which is given partly on location and partly by innovative distance learning methods.

What is a blended learning Master of Global Health?

The Erasmus+ blended masters programme is a one year full-time programme that requires you to be away from home for only 3 months. It consists of three months (September- December 2016) of core modules at QMU after which further modules and a thesis are completed through online learning at the three participating institutes in Scotland, Norway and the Netherlands.

Who is this programme for?

If you are a health professional (for example medical doctor, nurse or a midwife) or have a social science background and you want to develop your career in the field of global health, then this programme is designed for you.

Special focus for 2017: Conflict and Health

Semester Two of the Erasmus+ MSc Global Health at QMU has a special focus on conflict and health. Building on the core modules of global health, the second semester provides an in-depth analysis of the current challenges and policy debates in responses to meeting the health needs of populations affected by instability and conflict. In countries affected by political and social conflict health and wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations are at high risk.

EXIT AWARDS: MSc (180 credits)

Duration: Full-time: 1 year

Start date: September 2017

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, 4 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 health related 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.

Scholarships: Erasmus+ offers 8 scholarships of approximately €2970 to partially cover travel and living costs.

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
Visit the Fees section of the website. -
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:
Visit the Funding section of the website.

Core Course (20 ECTS)
Institute for Global Health & Development (on location, Edinburgh): Four modules each 5 ECTS (Global Health & Social Policy, Health Systems, Global Public Health & Researching Global Health & Development)

Advanced Modules (20 ECTS)

Qualitative Research Methods for Global Public Health (Bergen university) (e-learning)
The course gives an introduction to the knowledge tradition in which qualitative research is embedded and to the concepts that are integral to qualitative research. It gives an overview of qualitative research designs and presents various qualitative research methods and approaches. Different approaches in coding and analysis of data obtained from qualitative research will be demonstrated and practiced in exercises. Students will design a mini research project and will apply qualitative methods in a fieldwork research exercise.

,b>Rebuilding Health Systems - Analysing the challenges in disrupted states -
Online Masters module offered by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, March -April 2018 (e-learning)
Rebuilding health systems following conflict raises significant challenges to meeting the urgent health needs of the population. This online module provides participants the opportunity to examine these challenges and the policy debates regarding interventions in these complex environments. Through critical analysis, accepted theory and practice and alternative approaches and frameworks will be explored and foundations for good practice identified.

Rebuilding Disrupted Health Systems (RDHS) - developing context-specific strategies for health care policies, implementation and governance (KIT) (e-learning)

This course strengthens you to address health system challenges in complex emergencies and fragile states. To prepare you for improving these challenging situations we will analyse roles and strategies of key actors, humanitarian aid and politics, and human rights policies. You will thus become able to develop context-specific strategies for rebuilding disrupted health systems.

Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations (e-learning)
The module seeks to promote competencies for the advocacy, conceptualisation, planning, implementation and evaluation of psychosocial programmes for war-affected populations and displaced persons. This is achieved through analysing the nature of the threat to personal and social wellbeing posed by forced migration as well as conceptualising psychosocial needs with respect to relevant psychological, psychiatric and cultural frameworks. The module will include content focused on gender and conflict, child protection, capacity-building and supporting humanitarian staff amongst others

Thesis (20 ECTS)
Institute for Global Health & Development: Thesis (supervision from a distance)

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (Feb 2017), 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 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.


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