MPhGh (T) Global Health

General

Program Description

The MPH in Global Health is intended to provide candidates with a clear understanding of global health issues and how those issues affect public health policy and practice.

The MPH in Global Health programme will offer solid public health training and exposure to global health politics, policies, systems and practices through didactic teaching sessions, team-based research and presentations, and individual work-based projects or dissertations.

This interdisciplinary course will help students build skills and competencies including communication, teamwork and project management. Important links will be elucidated between strengthening health systems and key Sustainable Development Goals, such as poverty reduction, gender equity, meaningful work and sustainable cities. Strategies for achieving universal health coverage and addressing inequity will be reviewed.

Students undertake taught modules over two semesters. Students will be required to submit a dissertation on a pre-approved global health topic. Successful completion of the dissertation and the assessments of the taught modules will lead to the award of the MPH in Global Health.

Highlights

The first semester is spent learning the general tools of public health, including epidemiology and biostatistics.

Global Opportunities

The partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences provides an opportunity to study in the USA. This 4-year Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) provides students with the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate taught programme in Year 1 at QUB, followed by a PhD at NCI in Years 2-4.

World-Class Facilities

The Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University hosts one of five UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Public Health Research Centres of Excellence to encourage multidisciplinary working and increase capacity to address complex population-level health issues. The Centre for Public Health also hosts the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry which is responsible for the production of official statistics on cancer in Northern Ireland and provides evidence to help inform decision making about cancer services. This can be a valuable resource for students interested in Global Health as well.

Student Experience

  • One of our strengths is a world-renowned interdisciplinary staff with experience in a wide range of public health programmes and research both in the UK and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is reflected in the content of the core and Global Health curriculum. Students are based in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland, which is one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. You will be taught and mentored by world-class researchers.
  • You will be taught by public health leaders and practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines. Their aim is to make effective change that will benefit the health of underserved populations, often in low-resource areas. The course attracts students from all over the world, further enriching students’ experience.

Stethoscope and Laptop Computer. Laptop computers and other kinds of mobile devices and communications technologies are of increasing importance in the delivery of health care. Photographer Daniel Sone

Course Structure

Students may enrol on a full-time basis (1 year). Students undertake taught modules: Semester 1 (60 CATS) and Semester 2 (60 CATS).

The MPH in Global Health is awarded to students who have successfully completed all taught modules (120 CATS) and a dissertation (60 CATS).

Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

Semester 1

  • Public Health Sciences (25 CATS)
  • Determinants & Improvement of Health (15 CATS)
  • Medical Statistics (20 CATS)

Semester 2

  • Health & Social Care Systems (20 CATS)
  • Global Non-communicable Diseases (15 CATS)
  • Maternal & Child Health in Low Resource Areas (10 CATS)
  • Global Health Development (15 CATS)

Semester 3

  • Dissertation (60 CATS)

Teaching Times

15-20 per week

Career Prospects

MPH in Global Health graduates will have the skills and knowledge foundation to pursue global public health career opportunities in the health and social care sector, health-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and with governmental bodies formulating policy and practice guidelines.

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

At Queen’s University, we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embodies intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support. Our aim is to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.

On this course, we do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enable our students to engage with subject experts as they develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work experiences, and enhances their development as independent lifelong learners.

Classes are in the morning and afternoon and provide learning opportunities through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and self-directed study to enhance employability.

Assessment

Assessments associated with the course are outlined here:

  • Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examination, written assignments and oral presentations. A 10,000 to 15,000-word dissertation is required. Opportunities to conduct projects in underserved areas of LMICs may be arranged.

Entrance requirements

Graduate

Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a public-health related subject. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications (MBBS, BDS or BVSc) or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Intercalating Medical and Dental Applicants

  1. QUB
    Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will be considered if they have successfully completed the third year of their course at first attempt and achieved at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree standard. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director of Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate.
  2. External
    An external medical or dental student wishing to intercalate must have successfully completed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying. External intercalating applicants should also ensure they have the permission of the Head of Undergraduate Medical/Dental Education or equivalent from their home University.
  3. International
    1. Applicants who are currently studying an overseas Medical (e.g. MBBS or MbChB) or Dental degree at a recognised institution acceptable to the University, may apply.
    2. Applicants must have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying, normally 3rd year for those completing a 5-year programme or 4th year for those completing a 6-year programme.
    3. Applicants may be required to provide details of the medical or dental curriculum they are studying in order to confirm compatibility.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £6,140
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,900
Other (non-UK) EU £6,140
International £16,900

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Global Health costs

Students have the option to hire a locker, at a cost of £5 per student, per year.

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Last updated Aug 2020

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