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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 BSc in Global Health will help you develop an understanding of a range of public health issues at a global level. As a student on this degree, you will benefit from a programme that provides you with a genuinely broad education: a key feature of this degree is that it is multidisciplinary.

The degree is led by a team of experts who will support you to engage with a range of subjects and academic specialisms including: anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, law, medicine, parasitology, philosophy, politics, sociology and statistics.

You will discover that all of this is highly relevant to most, if not all, critical public health issues – whether it is the challenge of controlling pandemic diseases like Ebola or HIV/AIDS, increasing access to medicines in poor countries, responding to the threat of climate change, or preventing the further increase in drug resistant strains of bacteria.

A strong theme that runs through this course is social justice and equity (another word for “fairness”). Our biggest global health challenges are all shaped by the fact that we live in an increasingly unequal and precarious world. Similarly, you will find that it is impossible to consider the solutions to our pressing global challenges without having to confront the influence of politics, power and money. This degree produces knowledgeable and skilled graduates, who are socially responsible and progressive global citizens.

There will be opportunities to participate in events and activities run by a number of global health organisations based in London, including those that are connected to staff at Queen Mary and in our programmes of research into primary care, health systems, global health governance, and migrant health. In the final year of the program, you will undertake a two-week placement at a global public health organisation in London. Previous students have been placed with local councils, leading health journals, local 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.