Short and Taster Courses
The Institute for Global Health (IGH) offers it postgraduate modules as short and taster courses.
Short courses are aimed at health professionals seeking non-assessed professional development for which they receive a certificate of attendance, upon successful completion of the module(s).
The IGH taster programme provides an excellent method of giving health professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills whilst earning UCL credits. It also provides potential future IGH MSc students the opportunity to experience teaching within the department before appllying to our postgraduate programmes. A number of our most prominent MSc students began at IGH with the taster programme.
Upon successful completion of the module(s) credits can be transferred to a UCL IGH MSc, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate within the given time frame.
What are the differences between short and taster courses?
Participants who successfully complete a short course at IGH receive a certificate of attendance, but they are not assessed and do not receive UCL credit. Participants who successfully complete an IGH taster course are assessed and receive UCL credit. They also receive a certificate of attendance. Taster credits must be applied to a postgraduate programme within two academic years of taking the taster module. Short and taster course participants complete separate application forms. There is also a difference in fees between the two.
All our modules can be taken as either short or taster courses, and both types of study involve attending all of the teaching, practical activities and any group work related to the course.
Short and taster students can use UCL computers and have reference access to library material. E-resources (e.g. journals) can be accessed via e-access computers on library sites.
Course list 2015/16
Please note: Availability of modules will be subject to demand.
- Anthropological perspectives on global health
- Child Development: Inclusive approaches in global contexts
- Climate change and health
- Collecting and Using Data: Essentials of Quantitative Survey Research
- Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (Core module)
- Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
- Corruption and global health
- Disability and development
- Economic Evaluation in Health Care (Online module)
- Essentials of international child health
- Evaluating interventions
- Global Health Promotion
- Global health metrics and informatics (new course)
- Health management: planning and programme design
- Health Systems in a Global Context (Core Module)
- Infectious diseases epidemiology and global health policy
- Key principles of health economics
- Maternal health in a global context (new course)
- Nutrition and public health
- Perinatal epidemiology and newborn care
- Power and Politics in Global Health (Core Module)
- Research in action: the qualitative approach
- Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health (Core Module)
- Urban Health
Our core modules are taught in the autumn term over 5-10 weeks, 1-2 days per week. Please see our timetable for details of course dates. Spaces on our core courses are particularly subject to availability.
Our other courses are taught in the spring and autumn terms and generally follow an intensive delivery of two weeks teaching followed by one week assessment preparation.
Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, Corruption and Global Health, and Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health, are taught on Wednesdays or Thursdays for half a day for 10 weeks.
Applicants are advised to check course details before finalising leave and travel dates.
How to apply
Please download the relevant application form and covering letter:
- Short Course guidelines and application form (Word)
- Taster Course guidelines and application form (Word)
Places on our optional courses are made available to our in-house MSc registered students in the first instance and then allocated to visiting applicants on a first come first served basis from 26th October 2015.
Applicants should apply at least one month before the course commencement date. International applicants requiring a student visitor visa should allow at least 3 weeks to arrange and receive their UK visa.
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IGH requires evidence of a Good level of English proficiency with 6.5 in each subtest. Please see the main UCL English Language requirements page for details of acceptable evidence.
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