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MSc Global Public Health

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Full time | Colchester Campus | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Promotion

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Society the world over is faced with mounting public health challenges, from pandemics to forced displacement, to rapidly depleting planetary resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the complex links between population health, and the wider economic, social, political, environmental, and commercial determinants that shape human and planetary health in the globalised world we inhabit. Our MSc Global Public Health will challenge you to investigate these intersecting issues, critically appraise health and public policies, and engage in innovative research to drive forward change that contributes to a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy future.

Globally, most nations have committed to the international human rights framework and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda pledge to “leave no one behind”. However, progress on these promises requires an understanding of the root causes of mounting global inequity as well as the role intersecting crises play in driving increased inequity and distracting from the necessity of structural reform. Developing a deeper understanding of interlinkages will help you develop a foundation from which you’ll explore the increasingly political role of multinational corporations and other powerful actors (such as charitable foundations) in influencing global and national decision-making. This course will equip you with the academic knowledge and skillset to analyse the impact of structural forms of discrimination including racism and colonialism, both in the UK and internationally, so that you can contribute to addressing the roots of the ensuing social injustice this discrimination perpetuates.

Through a combination of interactive lectures, intensive seminars with practitioners and leading experts, and our unique externship opportunities with research and policy institutions of global repute, this course will help you develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of:

  • what factors determine our health?
  • what drives decision-making and priority setting in global health?
  • who governs health, how (i.e., policies and mechanisms) and with what effects at individual, societal, national, and global levels?
  • how people, illnesses, and drugs/ therapies travel in a globalised world? How these movements relate to the movement of capital and trade?
  • how wider inequalities (based on class, gender, sexuality among others) and systems of oppression interact to shape people’s life chances and ability to thrive?
  • And importantly, what skills, approaches, interventions, actions can help resist the detrimental forces that undermine health and well-being and realise the promises of “health for all” and “leave no one behind” to achieve fairer, equitable, and healthier societies?

Your future

This course will prepare you to evaluate and support the development and implementation of evidence-informed and rights-oriented local, national, and global public health policies and programmes. It, therefore, is likely to be of interest to you if you are already working in or are keen to develop a career in public health policy & practice; the health and social care sector; the humanitarian sector; the development sector, and academia.

Modules

This final module consolidates your learning and equips you to take your career forward with a range of skills and knowledge relevant to your professional practice. It is an opportunity to undertake an independent research project relevant to your field of practice. You will formulate a research question, plan and carry out the project, analyse and write up the results. You can undertake primary or secondary research, or audit/service evaluation or a library based critical literature review research project. If you are undertaking the MSc in Health Research you will undertake a primary or secondary research project, engaging with empirical data.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,200

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

19,740

Entry requirements

We will consider applicants with a 2:2 or above, or international equivalent, in any subject.