Our MSc in Global Health & Development addresses issues that are both important for today’s developing countries and common to the whole world.
In rich and poor countries alike, the gross inequalities in people’s health are not simply a product of their individual choices. They are determined by people’s place in society and the environment in which they find themselves.
Today’s global health challenges require a coordinated response from different sectors and academic disciplines. They demand a new approach to research and teaching, which explores health within its broader development context.
Our MSc in Global Health & Development addresses issues that are both important for today’s developing countries and common to the whole world. Climate change, economic crisis and poor governance, for example, have profound health effects. Policymakers, health professionals and others concerned with global health need the intellectual tools to understand them.
Our MSc in Global Health & Development will challenge you to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, from the household to the global level.
The UCL Institute for Global Health is an initiative to garner the power of UCL to address the most pressing issues of global health today.
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This programme challenges students to understand the complex forces that shape health worldwide, by developing their understanding of the principles underlying research, policy and practice in global health, fostering critical thinking, and building transferable skills.
Teaching methods and assessment
The programme is taught with an emphasis on collaborative and cooperative learning to ensure that students enter the workforce capable of joining projects and programmes with a supportive network of peers. Assessment is through written assignments, unseen written examinations, projects, oral presentations, group work, and the written dissertation.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Four core modules (15 credits each, totalling 60 credits) must be undertaken:
- Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
course leads: Audrey Prost and Stephen Roberts
- Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
course lead: Ed Fottrell
- Power and Politics in Global Health
course leads: Sarah Hawkes and Rochelle Burgess
- Health Systems in a Global Context
Four optional modules (15 credits each, totalling 60 credits) must be undertaken:
- Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health
course leads: Audrey Prost and Lucy Irvine
- Climate Change and Health
course lead: Ilan Kelman
- Collecting and Using Data: Essentials of Quantitative Survey Research
course leads: Zelee Hill and Ed Fottrell
- Conflict, Humanitarianism and Health
course lead: Andrew Seal
- Conflict, Humanitarianism and Disaster Risk Reduction
course lead: Ilan Kelman
- Economic Evaluation in Health Care
course lead: Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli and Valentina Cambiano
- Essentials of Global Child Health
course lead: Zelee Hill
- Ethnicity, Migration and Health course lead: Milagros Ruiz
- Evaluating Interventions
course lead: Tim Colbourn
- Gender and Global Health
course lead: Jennie Gamlin
- Global Non-communicable Diseases course lead: Ed Fottrell
- Health Management: Planning and Programme Design
course lead: Rochelle Burgess
- Health Inequalities over the Lifecourse
course leads: Anne Peasey and Rebecca Lacey
- Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Global Health Policy
course lead: Danielle Solomon
- Introduction to Disease Modelling course lead: Lara Gosce
- Key Principles of Health Economics
course lead: Jolene Skordis and Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli
- Mental Health in a Social and Global Context
course leads: Rochelle Burgess and Nicola Morant
- Mobile Health (m-Health) for Infectious Diseases course lead: Jo Gibbs
- Research in Action: the Qualitative Approach
course lead: Stephen Roberts
- The Social Determinants of Global Health
course lead: Cesar De Oliveira
- Urban Health
course leads: David Osrin and Shivani Singh
In addition to the modules listed, you may select one optional module from any department in UCL.
All MSc students undertake an individual research project on a topic relevant to future work in global health and development which culminates in a dissertation of 7,000 words. This has a value of 60 credits. More information on dissertations may be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health/study/masters/msc-ghd-dissertations.
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