Institute for 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.

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 are of particular interest to 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.

Modes of study

Full-time (one year)| Study Abroad

Teaching staff

"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."

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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.


Core Modules

Optional modules

Download an iBSc Global Health Timetable Term 1 2021-22
Download an iBSc Global Health Timetable Term 2 2021-22


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.

We have limited spaces on these modules which we offer to UCL students outside of the Institute for Global Health. If you are a UCL 3rd year student or an affiliate student, and are interested in taking a global health module, please contact Jackie Coster via email

Please refer to the fees website at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money

Application forms for external are available from UCL in early February and the deadline is normally the first week in March, (TBC). Make sure that to give yourself time to apply as you may be required to organise signed references etc. 

  • External students please use this link for admissions procedures