There are many public health challenges facing societies today, including:
- increasing inequalities
- climate change
- displacement of populations
- global pandemics
Global Public Health MSc addresses these issues and others. It encourages you to consider the roles of and interactions between:
- international organisations
- multinational corporations
You'll investigate global health challenges with a specific focus on your interests.
The United Nations and the World Health Organization have identified ways to improve health for all. These include the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To work towards universal health coverage and universal access targets, it is necessary to have an understanding of complex health interventions. You'll consider their social, political, and economic contexts.
The Global Public Health MSc is part of the Population Health Sciences Insititute.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MSc is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of a science-related subject. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MSc full time over 12 months.
A Master of Science is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation or research project.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
What you'll learn
You'll develop your knowledge of the varied analyses and methodologies required by:
- modern-day doctors and health professionals
- public servants
You'll understand and critique information and practice. You'll advocate on behalf of your patients and communities.
You'll train in public health sciences. There is a detailed grounding in introductory and advanced research methods.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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How you'll learn
The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. You'll integrate the knowledge and skills learned into your project and dissertation.
Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work.
Some of the global health issues covered include:
- how can medicines be available for all?
- what is the role of transnational and multinational organisations in health care delivery? How do they affect national and local health systems?
- what is the right to health, and how can it be enforced and exercised?
- how much should health professionals work with patients, carers, and communities? How do they encourage good health? How much should they tackle inequalities and larger social factors?
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Oral presentation
- Written exercise
You can choose from a wide range of projects. They are suggestions from our academics or your own proposal.
Our staff tackle global and public health issues from a large range of disciplines. They include:
- public health
- primary care
- political science
- medical and applied health specialities
- psychology and behavioural science
- applied epidemiology
- data science
- health economics
Our staff lead high-impact research as part of the Population Health Sciences Institute.
Research themes include Public Health and Health Inequalities.
Degree Programme Director - Michele Castelli
Deputy Degree Programme Director - Dr Shelina Visram
Our global health master's postgraduate students can go on to work in:
- international organisations
- the voluntary sector
- healthcare and service delivery
- the private sector where there is involvement with providing healthcare and public services
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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
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You'll be based in the Baddiley-Clark Building. It is adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.
You'll have access to:
- open plan workspaces
- meeting rooms of all sizes
- 'breakout' areas for informal discussions
- Walton Library
You'll work in the Faculty of Medical Sciences. This is part of our city-centre campus.
The Faculty is also home to:
It is on the same site as Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital. We are one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
- individual research laboratories where students carry out their projects
- a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
- hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces
- dedicated facilities for a range of key bioscience applications. This includes flow cytometry, bioinformatics, imaging, genomics and proteomics
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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