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MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine

MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Tropical Medicine Medicine (General) Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

The MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine is a full-time one-year multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme examining major challenges to the health of populations in resource-limited contexts. The course is embedded within the Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine.

The course aims to develop students.

  • knowledge and understanding of the major global health problems in resource-limited settings and their potential solutions;
  • knowledge and skills in research techniques applied in the analysis of global health problems, including quantitative and qualitative research methods, health policy and systems research and public health, with opportunities for training in additional specialist fields;
  • capacity to critically appraise evidence in global health;
  • skills and practical experience in researching specific health problems in resource limited contexts.


Core modules will be assessed as follows.

  • Paradigms and Tools for Global Health (including epidemiology, statistics, health economics, qualitative and mixed methods). will be assessed via an unseen paper in Week 0 of Trinity Term.
  • Challenges and Change in International Health and Global Health Research and Practice. will be assessed via a 2,500 written piece with an additional 300 word executive summary, to be completed within 48h upon receipt of the exam questions.
  • All options, except Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, will be assessed by a 3,000 to 4,000 word essay in early April.
  • Assessment for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases module will require submission of a computer program or a piece of mathematical analysis (both of which are the equivalent of 1,000 words) accompanied by a short report of 2,000 to 3,000 words.

Graduate destinations

IHTM alumni have gone on to assume leadership roles in global health - in governments, non- governmental organisations and/or academic institutions.

We currently have alumni in.

  • Ministries of health in Liberia, Fiji, East Timor, Bangladesh, Japan, Pakistan, Brazil, and Thailand
  • International organisations such as WHO, PAHO, FAO, WFP, World Bank, UNDP, MSF
  • Research institutes in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mexico
  • Further study at Oxford, Cambridge, UCT, among others.

An alumni network and virtual learning environment will continue support of MSc graduates beyond their time in Oxford.


Challenges and Change in International Health - Core
Global Health Research and Practice - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a relevant field. The qualification above should be achieved in one of the following subject areas or disciplines: all allied health professions degrees; any basic science; international development; international relations; human geography anthropology. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.