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Health systems and global policy (MSc)

  • Attendance Based
  • Part Time
  • Full Time

 

The programme provides a broad introduction to global health with a focus on health systems policy. Students will first develop a broad foundation in global public health in the first semester before focusing on an advanced health systems module in semester 2.

The degree will enable students to learn how public policy and market forces operate to shape the principles and practice of effective, efficient and fair health care delivery and improvement in different countries.

An important focus of the programme is the theoretical and practical principles of equity, efficiency and effectiveness in health care systems. The programme analyses the various social and functional dimensions of health systems, with strong reference to social, political, economic, and cultural issues and themes.  Students will learn to contextualise health systems policy within the context of globalisation and wider public policy. You will gain an understanding of how markets operate within health systems, and of the role of trade law and regulation. You will also learn about the role of global health institutions (e.g. the WHO and the Global Fund) and international health policy in shaping how health systems are financed and organised within countries.

This MSc programme will be of particular interest if you are a medical and clinical practitioner, a civil servant, a public health practitioner, a social or political scientist, a lab scientist, or work for an NGO.

This MSc programme is part of a wider programme of study in global health within the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The programmes are directed by Dr David McCoy, and a multidisciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical academics. The teaching programme is located within a Global Health Unit directed by Professor Allyson Pollock, and the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health led by Professors Sandra Eldridge and Chris Griffiths.

 

Why study Health System and Global Policy at Queen Mary?

There are a number of distinct features about the course which include: an emphasis on the social determinants of health; a focus on the interface between politics and policy; a concern for social justice; and a stress upon primary care acting as a platform for effective public health action.

The offers an opportunity to develop a pronounced multi-disciplinary analysis that includes sociology, anthropology, economics, law, geography as well as public health medicine. You will therefore learn from a truly multidisciplinary programme, which will give you a genuinely broad education and wide perspective.

Furthermore, the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two renowned and prestigious teaching hospitals: St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London. Both continue to make an outstanding contribution to modern medicine and together have been consistently ranked among the top five in the UK for medicine.

The Global Health Unit combines the local and the global in a stimulating and challenging research and teaching environment – we have strong links to the NHS, local authorities, third-sector organisations, policymakers in the UK and elsewhere, and leading international figures in global health.

We integrate different types of teaching delivery including small group seminars and participation in public health conferences. We have collaborations with other universities and organisations from around the world to aid research, teaching, policy development, and community engagement, and we encourage students to get involved in both our local and international work.

Facilities

The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You will have access to a range of specialist facilities including: medical libraries located at the Royal London and St Bart's hospitals and at the main College campus at Mile End.


Is this the right programme for me?

The programme is of particular interest to medical and clinical practitioners, civil servants, public health practitioners, social and political scientists, lab scientists, and NGO workers.

We welcome students who seek to follow a rigorous programme of study which will include both self-directed learning and structured interaction with others from different professional and cultural backgrounds.

The MSc in health systems and global policy is directed by Dr David McCoy, a public health leader, and delivered by a highly experienced multi disciplinary team. It is an opportunity to gain excellent critical insights and analyses, and to learn collaboratively with students from all over the world.


What will I go on to do after this programme?

Employability is high and students are equipped for policy, parliamentary, and ministerial positions, and public health and clinical practice in the field and in academia. Students can expect to go on to become researchers, policy makers, and effective practitioners in a wide range of public health and public policy settings throughout the world. On completion of this MSc programme you may decide to

  • continue your research skills through academic study via a PhD
  • work in central and local government, public health and other health care, or in NGOs

Entry requirements

You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.2/4.0 or GPA 3.4/5.0 or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in this area.

You should have IELTS 7.0 or PTE academic 68, with IELTS 6.5 or PTE 62 in writing.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment takes a number of different forms including coursework essays, assignments and presentations, and examinations. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation, which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.


Programme Structure

This MSc programme is available for study for one year full-time, or two years part-time.

In the first semester, modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis. These present you with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester, you gain a more detailed understanding of areas relevant to your interests through specialist and elective modules.

Core modules

  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Health systems, economics and policy
  • Health inequalities and social determinants of health
  • Evidence, policy and global health
  • Dissertation

 Specialist module

  • Health systems theory, economics and practice

Optional modules

  • Migration, Culture, and Health
  • Advanced Social Determinants of Health
  • Global Health Governance and Law
  • Human Rights and Public Health
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
  • Ecological Global Health
  • Gender, Sexuality and Health
  • Antropologies of Global Health
  • Global Governance and International Organisations
  • Economics of Development
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Services

Types of Study

Full-time

Undertaking an MSc programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Each module you study is worth 15 credits. University guidelines suggest that for every 15 credits, a student will need to study for 150 hours. You will usually have one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar per module per week.

Part-time

Our part-time study options mean you can complete the MSc over two years. Our MSc programmes consist of four core modules, four elective modules and a dissertation worth a total of 180 credits.

A part time student is required to take two of the core module worth 15 credits in semester one of the first year. In the second semester of the first year a part time student will take two elective modules of 15 credits.

In the second year a part time student will take the other two core modules worth 15 credits in semester one, and in the second semester they would take a further two elective modules worth 15 credits. In the second year a part time student would research and write their 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits. This is usually submitted in August.

University guidelines suggest that for every 15 credits, a student will need to study for 150 hours. This is worth considering when thinking about studying part time. You will usually have one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar per module per week.

Distance Learning

This programme is not currently available as distance learning, although we hope to make this available in the future. Contact us for further information.

Contact

msc-enquiry-globalhealth@qmul.ac.uk

Informal approaches are welcome at any time.

Emily McLean-Inglis

e.mclean-inglis@qmul.ac.uk

Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Queen Mary, University of London
58 Turner Street
London
E1 2AB

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