BSc (Hons) Global Health 2013-14
Opting for the iBSc in global health was the best choice I
could have made. The social science and policy perspectives that it teaches
aren't just a refreshing break from biomedicine, but help build self-confident
and critical thinking students who are more aware of global issues. The
standard of teaching is world class and most lecturers have first-hand
experience of the health issues that face the poorest and most vulnerable
people on the planet. The emphasis of teaching is strongly on group work and tutorials,
allowing time for students to construct their own opinions and thoughts.
Syllabi have been well thought out and developed using student feedback and
assignments are structured in a manner that develops the student rather than
simply assesses their factual recall. Overall, I can't recommend the Global
Health iBSc strongly enough.
The iBSc in Global health has been an incredibly valuable year and
I am certain it will make me a much more well-rounded doctor. Global Health
offers a very unique approach to evaluating medicine and provides an
understanding of the complexities of how the world works. All of the
teachers provide high quality, stimulating teaching as well as being approachable
and friendly. I definitely picked the right option for my iBSc, I only wish it
BSc (Hons) Global Health 2012-13
"When choosing an iBSc, I had no idea that the decision to
study Global Health would change everything I thought about medicine. Having
spent a year being challenged, encouraged and inspired by some truly fantastic
lecturers, I can confidently say this was the best academic decision I have
ever made. My knowledge of the social, political and economic factors affecting
health around the world has improved enormously, and I have gained analytical
and debating skills which will be valuable in every career. Studying Global
Health will undoubtedly change my future career path, and has opened my eyes to
the range of possibilities that exist within medicine which would have
otherwise passed me by. Choose Global Health- your only regret will be that
it's over too soon!"
"The iBSc in Global Health has proved a fantastic way in which to
intercalate. The course and teaching style is not only well organised, but
clearly has been well thought out, with much opportunity for active student
involvement in lectures and tutorials; the commitment and energy of the tutors
are second-to-none. Studying a subject for a year different to the medical
science from the first two years of the medical degree has been a welcome
change, and I am confident that the skills I have gained this year will prove
invaluable for my future career as a doctor, abroad and in the UK."
"The Global Health iBSc has been the most interesting and
challenging year of medical school so far. In a medical degree where a lot of
emphasis is put on factual learning, this BSc taught me to challenge ideas and
think for myself. Not only do you learn so much about health as a broader
concept rather than simply seen through a medical lens, but you are taught to
critically analyse, discuss and argue a point, and more importantly how to see
things from different perspectives. Furthermore, this degree has opened my eyes
to a whole new range of medical careers. I cannot recommend it enough!"
BSc (Hons) International Health 2011-12
"The International Health BSc has been my best year of medicine so
far. Some people call social science intercalated degrees like this one
called a soft option; ignore them! The course challenges: it teaches critical
thinking, how to understand complex global issues which affect human health,
and how to reason with quantitative evidence. These kinds of skills are
not learnt studying scientific BSc’s and so I have a highly competitive
advantage over my peers in my future career. The year has left me
confident to rise to the challenge that global health poses to modern medical
professionals. The BSc is ideal for anyone with a prior interest in
global health, or people like me who read into current affairs and are interested
in the social, political and economic factors affecting health. Be
prepared for the course to open your eyes!"
BSc (Hons) International Health 2010-11
provided the most interesting year of study of my life. Not only has it given
me an understanding of the health systems, global health institutions and
the social determinants of disease, but has also opened doors to elements
of medicine, public health and epidemiological research, that I would otherwise
not have had access to, nor considered. I both thoroughly recommend it and hope
to see studies of this type become compulsory for all medical students.
The issues affect all 7 billion of us!"
"The iBSc in Global Health was a fantastic insight into
the complexities of health and its determinants worldwide. The topics covered
were both sobering and inspiring, and the teaching challenged our accepted
biomedical understanding of disease and placed it within a broader social
context. UCL's contacts at WHO, UNICEF, DfID, Oxfam and many others made the year
a richer experience. As well as
academically fascinating, the BSc - and the summer trip to Geneva - was a
really social time with other like-minded students and with the friendly and
knowledgeable staff. I can't recommend this BSc enough."
BSc (Hons) International Health 2009-10
"I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to study the International Health iBSc. The course surpassed all my expectations, offering the chance to learn more about topics I was fascinated in and exposing me to entirely new areas of knowledge. This course challenges you with new ways of thinking about and analysing health and social problems, complementing the undergraduate medical degree. In the best possible way, the iBSc will transform the way you view medicine and the world beyond, helping you understand health as a social, political and economic entity.
"Any BSc is as only as good as those teaching
it; fortunately all the academic staff involved in teaching this iBSc were
excellent in every respect. I would recommend the International Health iBSc to
all students, you won't regret it."
"International health was easily the best year of
education I have ever had. All the tutors went out of their way to help us make
the transition from a science based mentality to feeling competent at reviewing
literature and thinking critically. Would do it all over again."
BSc (Hons) International Health 2008-9
"For me, this year was a fantastic opportunity to think, to
learn and to develop. The curriculum ranges through some of the most
interesting areas in global health, whilst the lectures and tutorials challenge
you to engage, to develop your own views and to express them coherently. The
iBSc inspired me to take a further year out to do an MA in International
Studies and Diplomacy, and I feel it has given me a useful springboard from
which to dive into a career in humanitarian medicine."
Peter Siordet Scolding
"This is a brilliantly taught
and well structured course that equips one with the knowledge and skills to
appreciate a more multi-dimensional view of health and healthcare. The modules
are led by supportive and inspiring tutors who encourage autonomous and lateral
thinking. The course provides an opportunity to explore politics,
economics and modern history in an approachable and relevant way. It was by far
the most challenging, rewarding and enjoyable academic year I experienced at
International Health BSc at UCL was definitely one of the most enjoyable and
informative years for me as a university student. The incredible depth and
diversity that is packed into a single year will help anyone to broaden their
understanding of health and healthcare both locally and globally. From basic
economic principles to pandemic planning - there was always plenty of food for
thought in the group tutorials and discussions. It was a year that provided a
completely alternative perspective on my role as a health care professional and
enabled me to actively pursue a career in public health. The rate at which
medical courses at universities across the country are incorporating Global
Health into their curriculum is testament to the importance of this subject and
the experience of UCL in the field is well established. The international
health course has undoubtedly helped me to see the needs of patients and
healthcare providers in a more holistic manner and hopefully made me a better
doctor in the process."
BSc (Hons) International Health 2007-8
"This was by
far and away the most stimulating and profitable period I had during my medical
studies and it has shaped my career since. For any student interested in the
bigger picture and the larger questions that govern health care delivery in a
variety of settings, this BSc is a must do."
International Health BSc was everything I hoped it would be, and more – I
really did learn a ridiculous amount, and given my personal ambitions to work
within the global health context I found it by far the most enjoyable,
interesting and relevant of all 6 years at medical school. I couldn’t recommend
it highly enough, particularly to those who enjoy partaking in a healthy
discussion and who wish to further their understanding of the way in which the
world works - economically, politically, and in relation to the provision of
healthcare specifically. It was a fascinating and intellectually stimulating
experience headed by a friendly, passionate and awesomely intelligent team –
what a wonderful year!"
International Health iBSc was an excellent opportunity to explore healthcare
and medicine from a completely different perspective. I thoroughly
enjoyed my experience and exposure to the modules particularly Maternal &
Child health and Conflict in Medicine, which were diverse and fascinating. Not only did they further my knowledge in the field with it's relation to
my career as a doctor but it broadened my perceptions of healthcare at large in
the global setting. I have always been interested in working with
medicine in the developing world and particularly in the humanitarian/conflict
context; the iBSc course equipped me with a more informed viewpoint and I will
always be indebted to the learning I gained there. More than the academic
acumen achieved I relished the teaching opportunities and field experts who
taught me. Their specialist knowledge and experience was fascinating,
thorough and completely unique; of all the iBScs offered I think it is this
quality that International Health offers singularly, the opportunity to learn
from and with great people."
"Studying International Health at UCL was fascinating, inspiring and rewarding. It was an eye-opening year, providing excellent discussion and debate on the social, political and economic determinants of health. For many on the course like myself, these areas had been neglected in medical school. The tutors are very supportive and always friendly, the classes small enough for good debate, and the courses are exceptionally well planned. I also learnt a lot from the people I met on the course, many of whom I am still friends with today.
"The course prepared me well for my current MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, and also for working in sub-Saharan Africa.
"If you want to understand what causes health and disease,
what causes inequalities in health, and why people in some countries are
healthy and in others they are not, then you should do this course."