This programme is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited experience in the sector. It has a strong emphasis on research methods training - an essential grounding if you intend to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or to study at PhD level.
The International Health MSc equips you with the skills to help achieve international development goals and reduce the burden of diseases borne by people in low- and middle-income countries. You’ll develop your understanding of international health issues, systems and programmes and policies. You’ll learn to analyse factors that cause inequalities in health status and resources and access to health information and services.
You will be able to work with, and research, diverse populations, geo-political environments and health systems.
You’ll also benefit from the international learning environment with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.
On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations, Red Cross, World Vision, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Hospital Federation and the World Council of Churches.
The International Health MSc is designed for those interested in pursuing a research career with a focus on international health policy, systems or programmes. It is also appropriate for those who intend to work within international health policy, systems or programmes.
The programme is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
Core (compulsory) modules provide students who do not have extensive prior experience with a detailed introduction to the key issues and challenges within international health policy, systems and programmes. You’ll become familiar with the current debates around health, poverty and development
The optional modules allow you to develop your knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest. You can view the full range of optional modules in our programme catalogue.
A strong emphasis on developing research skills prepares students for future careers in international health and provides a strong grounding for those who intend to pursue further postgraduate studies.
A distinctive feature of this programme is the research project, which allows you to gain first-hand experience of research into health systems and programmes, usually in an overseas context.
Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in resource-limited settings, you’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work, and independent learning. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students less familiar with information technology.
You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment.
You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.
Our students often benefit from the international learning environment on our International Health and Development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.
You will be assessed at the end of the each module. The assessment depends on the module but could include essays and group presentations.
You will also be assessed on your ability to produce an original research protocol and an assignment in the style of a journal article for your research project.
Graduates of this programme have gone into a range of careers, including working for major international NGOs, working in national-level research organisations, and undertaking further postgraduate research.
The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for almost 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health professionals in senior positions around the world.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.