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COVID-19: Education

Courses at the Institute have been adapted to ensure the best possible experience for our students, who are able to learn from global health experts directly involved in the coronavirus response.

Our teaching team responded to the crisis by ensuring the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year could be completed offsite, and plans were made before the start of the 2020-21 year to provide the optimum mix of virtual and face-to-face teaching.  The IGH education team has mainstreamed a range of educational innovations to respond to the evolving pandemic response.

Our online education programme has been designed to maximize access for students spanning time zones worldwide, to provide a combination of quality synchronous and asynchronous learning, and to strengthen online support networks for our global MSc community.  Rapid adaptions in response to COVID-19 include changes to module structure and updating modes of content delivery. This continues to evolve in response to student feedback. 

Systems are in place to ensure that students are contacted regularly by their personal tutors and supervisors to check on their wellbeing and provide guidance.

Our team has invested in community-building and care for students through providing a range of personal and professional development sessions, additional supervision activities, and supporting student-led initiatives through platforms such as Change Makers, the Virtual Common Room and Unitu. 

In the absence of face-to-face engagement between and among students, we offer a range of enrichment activities that aim to build social and professional networks, and provide support including virtual coffee mornings, online quizzes, and online yoga sessions. 

MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (AIDE)

Course leaders are finding innovative ways to engage with their students, such as the new COVID-19 seminar series that has been established by the MSc Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (AIDE) tutors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised an urgent need for strong public health leadership able to synergise across disciplines.  The IGH MSc AIDE provides world class training in stats and epidemiology together with training across a range of allied disciplines.  The innovation and ideology behind this programme is described in this article in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

MSc Global Health and Development (GHD)

Using the UCL Connected Curriculum and research-based education model, the Global Health and Development MSc has embedded a series of policy debates and discussions on public health challenges related to COVID-19 across core modules.

We have adapted student skills-based learning to focus on innovations in research methods, including online data collection methodologies and participatory approaches.

Across the course, online sessions have facilitated exposure to a network of global health experts, from community representatives to policy makers. 

MSc Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS)

The MSc Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS) team has continued to deliver all teaching online, combining synchronous and asynchronous learning and student engagement across several time zones.

Our course materials continue draws on on-going research as well the rapidly growing COVID-19 evidence.  We provide several opportunities for our students to engage be consumers and producers of global health economics evidence through masterclass webinars and support for students conducting research on meaningful current issues.