PG Certificate in Global Health Policy (Distance Learning)

This course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of health determinants and outcomes that transcend national boundaries, and the policy responses required to protect and promote population health in a globalizing world.

The course is aimed at students and professionals from both health and non-health backgrounds who seek to understand more about the policy environment associated with issues of global health. It will be of value especially to those who may be seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organizations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organizations and private consultancies.

Aims and Objectives

The course aims to develop:

  • a solid grounding in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy
  • an understanding of the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues
  • a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross-country learning
  • an ability to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues

Course Structure

The course comprises 4 compulsory modules:

  • The Economics of Global Health Policy
  • The Politics of Global Health Policy
  • Environmental Change and Global Health Policy
  • Issues in Global Health Policy

Course Duration

Each compulsory module will require 100-125 hours learning time.

On successful completion of the core modules, students can exit the programme with a PG Certificate in Global Health Policy, or proceed to advanced modules, PG Diploma and MSc studies.

Academic Requirements

One of the following:

  • A first or second-class honors degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course
  • An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honors degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis

Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience, and references.

Language Requirements

For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:

  • IELTS with an overall average of at least 7 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or
  • TOEFL score of 600 (or 250 in the computerized test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE, or
  • A British Council (IELTS) overall score of 7 or over with a minimum of 7 in the written sub-test, or
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English taken within the last 3 years.

Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Computer Requirements

As one of our students, you need to have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the Virtual Learning Environment, and accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need to have access to appropriate software, for example, a PDF reader and suitable hardware capacity on your computer e.g. for document storage. Additional requirements include that you have JavaScript and cookies enabled to access particular online systems such as the Student Portal.

Supported Browsers include:

  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 5+
  • Chrome 13+

Screen resolution (recommended)

1024 x 768 or greater

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated May 7, 2019
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