Intercalated Global Public Health

Entry Year: 2020

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BSc (Intercal)
1 years
September 2020
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Intercalated Global Public Health


Understand the bigger picture of global health and the contribution you can make.

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.

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You can start your one-year intercalated Public Global Health BSc after the second, third or fourth years of your MBBS, BDS or BVetMed.

Year 1


  • Dissertation
  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Evidence, Policy and Global Health
  • Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Systems, Policy, and Practice

Choose two from

  • Anthropology and Global Health
  • Ecological Global Health
  • Gender, Sexuality and Health
  • Global Health, Governance and Law
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
  • Governance of Migration, Displacement and Healthcare
  • Health Systems Theory, Policy and Political Economy
  • Human Rights and Public Health

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Intercalated degrees

An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.

It will also:

  • add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
  • strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
  • help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
  • develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research
  • allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you.

I have really enjoyed being able to choose modules in the second term, and the amount of choice within assignments on compulsory modules. Global Public Health is great for anyone who doesn't know what speciality they want to pursue and who wants to broaden their perspective of medicine. Often medicine is taught from a very biomedical perspective and public health issues are neglected.


Teaching and learning

Our intercalated students study alongside MSc students. 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.


Assessment is varied and depends on the subject, and will include assignments, examinations and individual and group presentations.

Resources and facilities

The Blizard Building is a state-of-the-art hub for students and staff, with open-plan research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a café.

Scientific facilities include:

  • flow cytometry
  • imaging
  • global siRNA screening
  • transgenics.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.


Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.

These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Your BSc will be an advantage if you later apply for postgraduate training in public health. Your understanding of the wider causes of ill health will be of benefit within all areas of medicine.

About the School

The Institute of Population Health Sciences is a new interdisciplinary institute within Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Our goal is to improve the health of local, national and global populations by undertaking world-class research and training.

We work in partnerships with neighbouring NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals and local communities on research to address the health needs of our local population.

The Centre for Global Public Health brings together expert researchers and teachers in public health policy, all of whom share a commitment to reducing health inequalities and promoting universal health care in and beyond the UK.

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