Underpinned by a commitment to principles of social justice and fairness, this intercalated BSc and MSc in global public health will provide students with a public health perspective on today's global challenges.
Technology and medical science make many promises for the improvement of human health, whether in post-genomic medicine or rapid vaccine production. But today’s global health crises remind us that the root causes of good health lie in political, social, legal, and economic systems. This is a time of growing inequalities and of threats to sustainable development, and the issue of inequality is becoming more important in public, political, and academic debate.
Doctors working not just in public health but all specialties need to understand how to address these developments. By taking a year away from your medical studies you step back to see the bigger picture of global health and get a better sense of the contributions you can go on to make in medicine. You will equip yourself with the tools both to analyse the causes of ill health and social determinants of disease and to use first principles to consider better policy options. Through the knowledge and analytic skills you develop, you gain the critical insights and evidence base from which to advocate on behalf of your patients and communities.
The interdisciplinary programme is taught by academics who are leaders in their field – in public health sciences, law, sociology, geography, migration studies, economics, management, social policy, and clinical medicine – and influential in policy developments in the UK and internationally.
Based in Whitechapel in the heart of London’s East End, the Global Public Health Unit, which is part of the Centre for Public Health and Policy at the Wolfson Institute for Population Health, which is part of the QMUL's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry- formerly Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
We welcome applications from medical students based at other universities in the UK and overseas.
Our intercalated students study alongside MSc students who come from across the world to study on the programme. Teaching is through lectures and small-group seminars, giving you the opportunity to develop debating and advocacy skills, and to share insights and experiences with students from around the world, including experienced doctors and medical professionals from low and middle income countries.
In the first semester, intercalating BSc and MSc students will focus on developing the key concepts and research methods and analysis for understanding the health of populations. There are introductions to quantitative and qualitative research methods, cultural and social analysis, and approaching health systems through politics and economics. You will also learn the basic public health insights around the social determinants of health. In the second semester, intercalating BSc students will choose two elective modules so as to explore some issues more deeply, and will complete a dissertation to be submitted in early May. In the second semester, intercalating MSc students will take an advanced methods module and choose three elective modules. They then complete a dissertation in the third semester and submit in it early August.
Strong emphasis is placed on providing you with a sound conceptual understanding of the social, political and economic determinants of health, as well as on research methods and analytic techniques. Relevant research skills are integrated into the core modules so they are learnt alongside their practical application.
INTERCALATED BSC STRUCTURE
Core modules in semester 1
Core module in semester 2
Two of the following electives- also in semester 2
INTERCALATED MSC STRUCTURE
Three of the following electives- also in semester 2
Core module in semester 3
More information about all of these modules can be found here.
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