The Institute for Global Health and Development

The Institute for Global Health and Development is a multidisciplinary centre for postgraduate education and research addressing contemporary health and development challenges in low and middle income countries and their connection to global systems and trends.

We are building on one of the first Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care programmes in the UK targeting participants from the global south. Our work in the field of global health and development has a history of more than 25 years. We were established as the Centre for International Health Studies in 1993 and became the first institute of the University – the Institute for International Health and Development - in 2005.

In 2016, we were renamed the Institute for Global Health and Development to reflect our understanding of the impact of globalization on health and the partnership between global north and south to address it. Since our establishment, we have equipped more than 500 masters and doctoral alumni from sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, the Middle- East, Europe and the Americas, for work in the health, development and humanitarian sectors.

We are proud of our reputation for providing a high-quality programme which draws together participants from diverse cultural, professional and academic backgrounds to share a student-centred experience emphasising mutual learning and support. With a typical cohort size of around 25 students, our programme provides a learning environment focusing on active learning and interchange of ideas and views between participants and educators.

Professor Alastair Ager - Director

Kitty Flynn - Centre Contact
Tel: 0131 474 0000

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£7.68m award helps universities rebuild resilient health systems in fragile and shock-prone areas

A consortium involving Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh has been awarded £7.68 million by read more

12 August 2020

Queen Margaret University awarded over £92,000 in COVID-19 research funding

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has been awarded £92,242 in rapid coronavirus research funding read more

30 April 2020

QMU celebrates launch of journal special issue on response to mental health of Rohingya refugees

A special issue of the journal documenting the response to the mental health and psychosocial wellbe read more

13 November 2019 More News

Stress and distress amongst asylum seekers in a Glasgow hotel? Why?

[Published by Dr Alison Strang, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health and Develo read more

01 July 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Emmanuel Nene Odjidja

After graduating from the Institute of Global Health and Development (IGHD) with an MSc Global Healt read more

08 April 2020

Finding common humanity

Edinburgh recently welcomed the 1,000th person granted refuge in Scotland through the Syrian Resettl read more

14 September 2017 More Blogs