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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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Overview

This programme takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. You can craft a pogramme of stufy that suits your interests and which will help you become a better global health practitioner wherever you work in the world.
 

Objectives

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.

 

Structure

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). 

Core modules

Four core modules (15 credits each, totalling 60 credits) must be undertaken: 

  1. Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
    course leads: Audrey Prost and Stephen Roberts
  2. Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
    course lead: Ed Fottrell
  3. Power and Politics in Global Health
    course leads: Sarah Hawkes and Rochelle Burgess
  4. Health Systems in a Global Context
    course leads: 

Optional modules

Four optional modules (15 credits each, totalling 60 credits) must be undertaken: 

In addition to the modules listed, you may select one optional module from any department in UCL.  

Dissertation

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. 

 

Teaching Administrator

igh.prospective@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7905 2646