Short and Taster Courses
The UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH) offers a wide variety of short and taster courses.
Short courses are aimed at health professionals seeking non-assessed professional development for which they receive a certificate of attendance, upon completion of the course. Most of the courses are modules shared with the MSc programmes – see below for the complete course list 2018/19.
In addition IGH offers the following short courses (not part of an MSc):
Research Methods: HIV, Sexual Health and Infectious Disease
For more information, visit the UCL Life Learning – Short Courses and CPD web page, download the Short course programme and Short course flyer
Methodological and Statistical Issues in Clinical HIV Research
The IGH taster programme provides an excellent method of giving health professionals the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills.
The taster courses are all modules from MSc programmes (see list below). They provide potential future IGH MSc students the opportunity to experience teaching within the department before applying to a full MSc. Unlike short courses, if you are successful in completing the taster course, including passing the course assessment, you will earn UCL credits which can be transferred to a UCL MSc programme within the given time frame (via submitting an Accreditation of Prior Learning application when applying to the UCL MSc programme).
What are the differences between short and taster courses?
Participants who successfully complete a short course at IGH receive a certificate of attendance, but as they are not assessed they do not receive UCL credit.
Participants who successfully complete an IGH taster course and pass the assessment at the first attempt receive a Grade Report and are eligible to receive UCL credit. Taster credits must be applied to a postgraduate programme within 5 academic years of taking the taster course.
There is also a difference in fees between the two types of courses with taster courses being £100 more than short courses. Our application/entry requirements for taster courses are also more rigorous.
Our courses can be taken as either short or taster courses, and both types of study involve attending all of the teaching, practical activities and any group work related to the course.
Short and taster students can use UCL computers and have reference access to library material. E-resources (e.g. journals) can be accessed via UCL computers and e-access computers on library sites.
Course list 2018/19
Please note: Availability of modules will be subject to demand. We will operate a waiting list for oversubscribed modules. Please contact the Life Learning Administrator to check availability of individual modules.
- Anthropological perspectives on global health
- Climate change and health
- Collecting and Using Data: Essentials of Quantitative Survey Research
- Concepts and Controversies in Global Health (Core module)
- Conflict, humanitarianism and health
- Disability and development
- Economic evaluation in health care
- Essentials of global child health
- Evaluating interventions
- Gender and global health New course
- Global health promotion
- Health management: planning and programme design
- Health Systems in a Global Context (Core Module)
- Infectious diseases epidemiology and global health policy
- Introduction To Cost-Effectiveness Analysis For Infectious Diseases - new 2 day short course (non-credit bearing)
- Key principles of health economics
- Nutrition and public health
- Perinatal epidemiology and maternal health
- Power and Politics in Global Health (Core Module)
- Research in action: the qualitative approach
- Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health (Core Module)
- Sexual health: designing sexual and reproductive health programmes in low- and middle-income countries
- Urban Health
Download MSc Global Health and Development programme provisional timetable 2018/19 (PDF) (NB modules prefixed GLBH are IGH modules and available as short and taster courses. Modules with a different prefix (on white background) are delivered by different institutes and may or may not be available as short and taster courses - Please contact the relevant departmental contact about these courses).
Our core modules are taught in the autumn term over 5 weeks, 1.5-2 days per week. Please see our timetable for details of course dates. Spaces on our core courses are particularly subject to availability.
Our other courses are taught in the spring and autumn terms and generally follow an intensive delivery over the first two weeks with teaching three days per week followed by one week assessment preparation. Except Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health, which is taught on Wednesday mornings for 10 weeks.
Applicants are advised to check course details before finalising leave and travel dates.
How to apply
Please download the application form and guidance notes below. Please ensure you read all of the guidance before completing your application.
Places on our optional courses (spring and summer term modules) are made available to our MSc registered students in the first instance and then allocated to visiting applicants on a first come first served basis from mid October.
Applicants should apply at least one month before the course commencement date. International overseas (non EU) applicants requiring a student visitor visa should apply two months before the course commencement date to allow sufficient time to arrange and receive their UK visa.
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IGH requires evidence of a Good level of English proficiency with 6.5 in each subtest. Please see the main UCL English Language requirements page for details of acceptable evidence.
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IGH is pleased to offer the following discounts for IGH / UCL staff and alumni:
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Certification and UCL credits
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