MSc - Master of Science
This course is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited work experience in the sector. It has a strong emphasis on research methods training - an essential grounding if you intend to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or to study at PhD level.
The International Health MSc equips you with the skills to help achieve international development goals and reduce the burden of diseases borne by people in low and middle-income countries. You’ll develop your understanding of international health issues, systems and programmes and policies. You’ll learn to analyse factors that cause inequalities in health status and resources and access to health information and services.
You’ll benefit significantly from the international learning environment with fellow professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise. As part of studying with us, you will be able to work with, and research, diverse populations, geo-political environments and health systems.
On this course you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations. In the past this has included the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Labour Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and GAVI Alliance.
The International Health MSc is designed for those interested in pursuing a research career with a focus on international health policy, systems or programmes as well as for those looking to work within the field.
Our course is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
Graduates of this programme have gone into a range of careers, including working for major international NGOs, working in national-level research organisations, and undertaking further postgraduate research.
The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for over 40 years and so has a large alumni network of health professionals in senior positions around the world.
Students must have a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health-related discipline or equivalent qualification. If your degree is in a non-health related discipline but you’re keen to study this programme, you should apply and we will consider your application. Alternatively, a diploma in a health-related discipline together with at least three years’ relevant experience. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.