iBSc Global Health

The Global Health BSc is a year-long course for intercalating medical students. Based in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, the BSc was the first of its kind in Europe, providing teaching on global health to UCL students.

The course title of our BSc has recently changed from International to Global Health. This reflects the change from the Centre for International Health and Development to the Institute for Global Health, as well as broader changes in our teaching that reflect the involvement of increasing numbers of non-state actors in global health and an altered focus towards ill health across the world, rather than just in poorer countries.

The course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of global health and the economic, social, political and cultural forces that shape health and health systems worldwide. Course modules cover a huge variety of subjects from essential drugs to asylum seekers, from global trade to gender, using a cross-disciplinary approach. Each module is led by one or more course tutors who direct the content of the module and lead the majority of tutorials. Students also benefit from the expertise of lecturers from a wide variety of disciplines:

  • medicine
  • public health
  • economics
  • political science
  • anthropology
  • epidemiology

With constant interaction between students and tutors, discussion and debate are important features of the course. In many instances, students are free to explore areas that particularly interest them, particularly through the research project that runs through the academic year. This flexibility, combined with the diversity of tutors' expertise, makes for a dynamic and varied year.

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including oral presentations, written essays, poster presentations, and unseen written exams. Click on Module Overview for a better idea of the content of the teaching on all our undergraduate modules.