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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)


Prospective students speaking with Jonathan Kennedy at the BSc Global Health taster afternoonBSc Global Health and BSc Global Health with Year Abroad

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Our Global Health BSc is designed to give graduates a deep understanding of public health across disciplines. From pandemic diseases like ebola or HIV to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria and access to medicines in poor countries, global health issues are complex and multifaceted.

In your first year you'll develop your analytical and research skills and gain a solid grounding in a range of disciplines, including medicine, anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, law, philosophy, politics, sociology and statistics.

You'll then apply this knowledge to particular health issues, such as maternal and child health, climate change related illnesses, communicable and non-communicable diseases. Optional modules give you the freedom to follow your own interests as you progress in your degree.

In the final year you’ll work on an extended self-directed research project and undertake a two-week placement. Previous students have been placed with local councils, health journals, non-government organisations and think tanks.

Intercalated Global Public Health (iBSc)

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Our intercalated BSc in Global Public Health gives students already taking a medical degree the chance to achieve an additional degree in this specialist field in just one year.

Technology and medical science promise improvements to human health. But today’s global health crises and growing inequality remind us that the root causes of good health lie in political, social, legal and economic systems.

We’ll equip you with the knowledge and analytical skills to understand the causes of ill health and consider better policy options. You’ll develop an evidence base from which to advocate on behalf of your patients and communities.

You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field – public health, law, sociology, geography, economics, social policy and clinical medicine – and influential in policy developments in the UK and internationally.

Our teaching emphasises research methods and analytical techniques. Option modules allow you to specialise in areas including gender and sexuality, health systems, and globalisation.