Online MSc in Global Public Health

General

Program Description

With a focus on the social determinants of health, governance in global health, and climate change, this MSc in Global Public Health will deepen your understanding of global health issues and help you become an astute health professional with a global perspective.

  • Award and programme title: MSc Global Public Health (also available at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level)
  • Duration: 2 years (MSc)
  • Level: 7
  • Mode of study: Online
  • Average study time: 25 hours per week

Why study Global Public Health with Queen Mary Online?

With social, political, economic and ecological factors all having a direct impact on public health, it’s imperative for health professionals to see the global picture of how these determinants are affecting people’s health in their daily lives, and to learn from their international counterparts.

Today, there’s a greater awareness than ever among academia, governments and the general public alike regarding unfair and avoidable health inequalities and the failure of health systems in reducing health disparities. 

To be able to successfully address global public health issues, we need to continue to raise awareness of these issues among a wide range of people in society. This starts with providing these people with the opportunity to learn about and thoroughly understand these issues.

"I think this course has given me more of a critical eye. If I see any headlines on international news regarding things like inequality, human rights or health inequalities, I'll take more notice and realise not to take everything that comes from the media at face value."
Carmen Holmberg, NHS UK, Global Public Health MSc

Who is this course for?

The MSc Global Public Health programme is designed for:

  • Public health practitioners
  • Social or political scientists
  • Civil servants 
  • Anyone working in the health or humanitarian sectors
  • Anyone with an interest in social and political sciences

Students will develop the competencies to work in health policy and health service delivery at local, national and international levels, and in governmental and international bodies and NGOs.

Who will be teaching the course?

The MSc in Global Public Health is part of a wider programme of study within the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, directed by a multidisciplinary team of academics from the Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS). 

The goal of the IPHS is to improve the health of local, national and global populations by undertaking world-class research and training. 

The work of IPHS is focused around four areas of expertise:

  • Primary Care and Mental Health
  • Global Public Health
  • Women's Health
  • Clinical Trials and Methodology

How much time will you need?

You will have to study around 25 hours per week. You are embarking on a serious and rigorous academic challenge, especially if you have to combine the study with a full-time job, family and social life.

The course content is also available on an app, so you can study, read and post on forums on a phone or tablet while you’re commuting. You're not stuck to using a computer at home.

With other distance learning courses, you're provided all the learning materials at the start of the year and study at your own pace. However, this approach to learning means it can take up to 5 years to complete your degree.

While this course demands around 25 hours of study per week, with the right time management skills, motivation and discipline you will be able to complete your masters in 2 years. Our course offers a time-bound structure, enabling you to engage and focus on a weekly basis.

This module is favoured and recommended by most of our students. Not only because of the close and enjoyable community Queen Mary Online offers, including lively real-time discussions, but also because it enables you to complete the course in 2 years. 

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Structure

The MSc Global Public Health is a 2-year course that you can study completely online.

During that time you will undertake eight taught modules and a dissertation. For each module, you will be awarded 15 credits and you will receive a further 60 credits for your dissertation. To graduate you must have accrued the full 180 credits, which involves completing every aspect of the modules and passing all relevant assignments.

Each module contains 6 weeks of academic content, followed by a reading week. Each module block has 2 assessments. Besides the reading weeks, you'll have broken every 2 modules of varying durations. The 6-week modules offer a wide variety of different subjects, enabling you to cover a broad range of interesting areas in sizeable portions. 

Modules

  • Health Inequalities and the State of Global Health  – an introduction to the broad topic of global health
  • Understanding Epidemiology and Statistics – develop skills in critical appraisal, interpreting the results of commonly used statistical techniques and routine morbidity and mortality measures
  • Health Systems Policy and Performance – an introduction to various conceptual and theoretical understandings of ‘health systems’ within a social, economic, historical and global context
  • Critical Health Economics – an introduction to core theories and concepts of economics and their applications in health policy
  • Global Health Policy and Governance – an introduction to the disciplines of international relations, politics, jurisprudence, globalisation, and global governance as they relate to global health
  • Planetary Health – an introduction to various analytical perspectives on environmental change on a local, regional, and global basis and how these relate to human health and planetary health
  • Disease Management: Policy and Practice – build links between an appreciation of the clinical features of diseases and their implications for the design of programmes and plans
  • Research, Evidence and Policy – an introduction to the philosophy of science and debates about the nature of data and evidence from a public policy and practical/applied public health perspective
  • Dissertation – Independent research. An advanced, in-depth examination of a particular area of global public health. Your chosen topic should relate to a relevant issue within the academic field.

Assessment

As a student at Queen Mary Online, we ask you to play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. We use a mixture of discussion forums and group webinars, designed to Each course module will be assessed individually according to the module’s learning objectives.  

Assessment methods will include:

  • Examinations (essays or short-answer questions)
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • A 10,000-word dissertation

"The biggest challenges are also the biggest opportunities for me. I'm learning loads of new things that I haven't considered before. For example, I’ve never written an academic blog, so it's a challenge, but it's also exciting because if it goes well, I will have done something I've never done before. So, I think it's the unknown and the different things that you're asked to do that makes it an enriching experience."
Ilse Van Roy, not-for-profit sector, Global Public Health MSc

You will need discipline and motivation to combine study with your work and life. This applies especially to the Global Public Health MSc. Having to study around 25 hours a week will enable you to complete this postgraduate course within 2 years, unlike similar courses on offer that take up to 5 years. The course’s structure and academic rigour help keep you motivated and on track for success. You will get plenty of support while you study, with weekly webinars and one-to-one Skype access to tutors.

Career prospects

After graduating from Queen Mary University of London's MSc Global Public Health, you’ll be able to work in health policy and health service delivery at local, national and international levels, and in governmental and international bodies as well as NGOs.

Since research and epistemology will be integrated into the modules you’ll be covering, you could also get the opportunity to pursue further academic development in the form of a PhD.

As a QMUL MSc Global Public Health graduate, you’ll be able to work in public health and policy with a global perspective, and be equipped to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams engaged in health improvement.

Recent graduates of the on-campus programme in Global Public Health & Policy were able to build careers at organisations such as:

  • Ministry of Health Botswana
  • Ministry of Health Iraq
  • Public Health England
  • British Medical Association
  • Community Health Centre, Seremban, Malaysia
  • Inspire Mental Health Consortium
  • Social Franchise Manager at Marie Stopes International- Malawi
  • Project Manager at North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service
  • HIV Prevention Manager-Commodities at Population Services International- Malawi
  • Associate Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations, Geneva

You’ll also have access to QM Careers, helping you throughout your time as a QMUL student. You’ll be able to access advice on career choices and on how to maximise the career opportunities available to you. The QM Careers office also provides a service for internships, part-time work, and volunteering while you study.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for QMUL Online’s MSc Global Public Health course, you’ll need:

  • A 2.1 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences

If you’ve studied a less directly-related subject at undergraduate level but can demonstrate a genuine interest in and motivation for studying global public health, we may also consider your application. 

If your first language is not English, you should also have one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

For 2020 start dates only, the following tests are also being accepted:

  • HOME TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • Duolingo English Test: 125+/160 

If you would like to apply but are unsure whether you are qualified, please contact our course advisers.

International applicants

At Queen Mary, we are proud of our global community and we have a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of our international graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers.

For any questions about the English language requirements or about entry qualifications specific to your country, please contact our course advisers.

How to apply

You can apply for the Global Public Health MSc via one of the two methods explained below.

Option 1 – apply via our agent

We have a dedicated agent (Samantha) who will support you with your application. Please email Samantha (Sigbinidu@online.qmul.ac.uk), attaching all the following documents:

  • Completed and hand-signed Consent and Additional Info Form (Word doc download);
  • Colour scanned copies of your academic certificates and transcripts for all university-level qualifications. If these documents are in another language, please provided the originals and the official translated copies; 
  • Your statement of purpose. One page in a Word doc detailing your motivation to study, your professional achievements and career goals. We recommend that you refer to specific modules on the course that you are looking forward to studying and why you want to study with Queen Mary;
  • An up-to-date CV; 
  • Two reference letters to support your application. Letters must be [1] on headed paper, [2] be signed, [3] highlight your relationship with the referee, [4] provide a summary of your character and achievements [5] state that they recommend you for the programme with Queen Mary University of London.

Once you have sent all the required documents to Samantha, she will act as your agent and submit the application on your behalf. 

Option 2 – apply using the online application form

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  • Colour scanned copies of your academic certificates and transcripts for all university-level qualifications. If these documents are in another language, please provided the originals and the official translated copies; 
  • Your statement of purpose. One page in a Word doc detailing your motivation to study, your professional achievements and career goals. We recommend that you refer to specific modules on the course that you are looking forward to studying and why you want to study with Queen Mary;       
  • An up-to-date CV;     
  • Two reference letters to support your application. Letters must be [1] on headed paper, [2] be signed, [3] highlight your relationship with the referee, [4] provide a summary of your character and achievements [5] state that they recommend you for the programme with Queen Mary University of London.

What happens next?

Once you or the agent has submitted your application, our admissions selectors aim to review this within two weeks (provided we have received all the required documents).

Last updated May 2020

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