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City's MSc in Health Policy helps you understand, navigate and influence the 21st century health and health care environment. City’s MSc Health Policy is the ideal route for graduates looking to start, change or develop their career within the health policy field. Read more
City's MSc in Health Policy helps you understand, navigate and influence the 21st century health and health care environment.

Who is it for?

City’s MSc Health Policy is the ideal route for graduates looking to start, change or develop their career within the health policy field. It combines an international focus and academic rigour with the development of practical, transferable skills that can be applied in a wide range of real-world health policy, planning and management settings.

We welcome applications from graduates (UK or international) from any academic discipline. The course is also suitable for established professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including:
-Medical, nursing and allied health professions
-Health management and administration
-Public health
-National and local government
-National NGOs
-International agencies
-Research institutions and consultancies
-Pharmaceutical, insurance and other health-related industries.

Objectives

Health and health care policy are at the top of the political agenda around the world. People are living longer, consumers are expecting more from their health services and chronic illnesses are becoming prevalent. Medical technology is advancing rapidly, creating ever-increasing demand for the latest treatments.

Health policy affects and is affected by all of these factors. It aims to meet the growing challenges facing health systems by providing answers to such questions as:
-How can we best meet people’s changing health needs?
-How can we control spiralling health costs, while maintaining high quality and comprehensive health services?
-What is the most effective way of organising and paying for health care?
-How can we tackle inequalities in health and access to care?
-How can we measure and improve the performance of health systems?

City’s MSc in Health Policy gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand, analyse and influence the health policy process, and to operate within an increasingly complex policy environment.

You will analyse the social, political and economic factors that affect policy at a local, national and international level. You will explore how and where policy is made, and who the key players are; and learn how to present your ideas clearly and persuasively to a range of influential stakeholders to bring about change.

Placements

You have the opportunity to do a placement, but it is not a formal requirement of the course. We encourage you to create your own. One recent student worked within the refugee camp in Calais alongside the NGO Doctors of the World as part of her dissertation research on refugee access to health care.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a mix of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, case study analysis, interactive computer-based exercises, a virtual learning environment (Moodle) and self-directed reading.

Lecturers are drawn from City's Schools of Health Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A number of distinguished external honorary and guest lecturers have also taught on the programme, including:
-Professor David Oliver (President of the British Geriatrics Society, former National Clinical Director for Older People at the Department of Health, and Visiting Fellow at the King's Fund)
-Professor Paul Burstow (Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Minister of State for Care Services in the Coalition Government, 2010-12)
-Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE (Medical Director, Defence Medical Services, and former Medical Director, NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps)
-Beccy Baird (Fellow in Health Policy, the King's Fund)

City has an international reputation for academic excellence in the areas of health and food policy, health services research, health management, health economics and executive leadership across a broad range of professional disciplines. You will learn from and alongside colleagues who aim to influence health policy and lead health-related initiatives.

Modules are assessed through a combination of written coursework, group work and examination. The assessments reflect the learning objectives of the modules.

Modules

You will take five core taught modules, which cover the main topics and issues within health policy, the health policy process, the principles of policy analysis, and research methods.

You will also choose two or three further elective modules covering a range of related areas, including public health, global health and health management and leadership.

Core modules
-HPM001 The health policy process, politics and power
-PHM004 Social determinants of health
-HPM004 International health systems
-HPM006 Health economics
-HRM020 Foundations in research methods and data analysis*

Elective modules
-HRM001 Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis*
-HPM003 Health policy in Britain
-PHM001 Public health**
-PHM003 Global health**
-HMM002 Strategic management in healthcare†
-HMM008 Health innovation and change†
-HMM026 Finance and enterprise performance†
-HMM022 Management and leadership in healthcare†
-HMM025 Economic evaluation and pharma†
-APM006 Contemporary issues in mental health
-APM017 Engaging technology
-FPM001 Food and public policy

*The core module HRM020 covers basic research skills and enables you to perform entry-level statistics. It forms the first part of the 30-credit module HRM001 Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis, which goes on to cover more advanced research skills. If you choose to take HRM001, this will replace the core module HRM020.

**A maximum of one public health module (PHM001 or PHM003) may be chosen as an elective.

†A maximum of two health management (HMM) modules may be chosen as electives. Depending on module capacity, it may only be possible to take one HMM module.

Dissertation - you will also write a final health policy-related dissertation, on a topic of your choice, of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Career prospects

Because health and health care are such high priorities for both the public and policy makers, health policy specialists will continue to be in high demand. Therefore, if you are working or want to work within any health-related organisation in the public, private or third sectors, this course will help you develop the key transferable skills you need to succeed.

Graduates of the MSc Health Policy have gone on to a variety of policy, campaigning/advocacy and research roles within the public sector such as:
-The NHS and international ministries of health.
-NGOs and third-sector organisations including the Patients Association and a number of professional associations.
-The private sector such as consultancy, corporate communications and pharmaceutical companies.

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Programme description. The MSc Health Policy will develop your understanding of, and critical engagement with, key challenges in health policy. Read more

Programme description

The MSc Health Policy will develop your understanding of, and critical engagement with, key challenges in health policy. Both state and non-state actors grapple with how best to promote the health of communities and populations, including the most effective strategies for preventing disease, ensuring efficient and high quality health care, and reducing health inequalities.

These challenges extend beyond the traditional domain of the health sector, requiring engagement with economic and social policy and a range of non-state actors including third sector organisations, commercial interests and international agencies.

The MSc in Health Policy is designed for individuals interested in a wide range of health-related roles including government and international agencies, health advocacy, health administration and health care delivery, consultancies, advisory roles, the commercial sector, and health-related research. Within the programme there is scope for you to specialise in either health systems or health inequalities, or to follow a broad policy stream.

The Health Systems stream is ideal for those seeking to work in health care policy, planning or management, in either the public or private sectors. It will expose you to different models of health care financing, purchasing and delivery, equipping them to engage with key contemporary challenges and debates including how to achieve sustainable health care financing, the role of the state in health care, the appropriate mix of public and private provision, and how best to achieve the goals of equity, efficiency and quality in health care delivery.

The Health Inequalities stream is ideal for those seeking to engage with health disparities both between and within countries, particularly those relating to inequities in social structures and power. In this stream you will explore evidence and policy responses to health inequalities across a range of axes, including class/socioeconomic position, ethnicity/race and gender, and will consider how health and its determinants are shaped by a range of influences including social and economic policy, commercial power and political conflict. This stream is particularly suited to those interested in working in policy, advocacy and research settings with a focus on health equity.

You may also elect to follow a broad policy stream within the MSc Health Policy, rather than specialising in health systems or health inequalities. This stream equips you with an understanding of how health policy fits within broader approaches to social and economic policy, and is particularly suitable for individuals wanting to work in public policy, advocacy or research.

Our students come from countries at all levels of economic development and from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, with many using the MSc as an investment to develop their careers or move into a more policy-focused role. While the programme has a strong policy focus, it also includes an academic orientation so is good preparation for further research at PhD level.

The MSc programme is situated within the Global Public Health Unit, which is located in University’s School of Social and Political Science rather than a medical school. This reflects our programme’s reach across traditional boundaries, linking policy analysis, public health, social policy, economics, sociology, medicine and epidemiology. The MSc programme offers innovative research-led teaching that draws on academic expertise from all these disciplines, while also benefitting from close links with the Centre for Population Health Sciences in the University's medical college.

Programme structure

You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses.

Following the taught courses, you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.

Learning outcomes

This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and critical skills you need to play a senior role in health policy, advocacy and research.

Specific aims are to:

  • Have a critical understanding of core concepts and frameworks relevant to health policy and population health.
  • Be aware of key contemporary challenges to health and the role of the state and other actors in seeking to address these.
  • Have a critical awareness of the links between health policy and broader social and economic policies, including the extent to which health objectives may complement or be in tension with other social goals
  • Understand different models of health care financing, purchasing and delivery, and be able to draw on these in critically appraising the roles of different actors in the development and implementation of health policy and in a diverse range of health systems reforms (Health Systems stream)
  • Understand the social determinants of health and health inequalities, and apply this understanding in critically evaluating different approaches to improving health and reducing health inequalities (Health Inequalities stream)

Career opportunities

This programme is intended to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue employment positions in policy, advocacy and research roles relevant to health policy. Most students use the MSc as an investment to develop their careers or move into a more policy-focused area, including jobs with health agencies or consultancies, government departments, international organisations and third sector organisations. By combining an advanced degree from a world-leading university with expertise in an innovative field relevant to multiple policy agendas, students who successfully complete our programmes are well placed to secure interesting positions within an often very competitive area.

Our graduates in recent years have moved on to a range of exciting employment and research positions. These include positions with health departments and other government ministries in both high-income and developing countries; with agencies and donor organisations working in health care and health promotion; with international organisations and consultancy; research positions examining health systems for the European Union and other levels of regional governance; and employment in commercial sector organisations including pharmaceutical and other health-related companies.

All students have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme and for two years after graduation.



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This course aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Read more
This course aims to develop critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to enable students to devise appropriate health policy responses. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds. This is a joint programme provided by the School and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). The course provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise.

Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/qualityassurance/hppf_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/intercalating/index.html)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/mshppf.html

Additional Requirements

Additionally for the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, applicants should ideally have prior work experience in areas relating to health, policy, planning and financing. Preference will be given to such candidates given the competitive nature of this course. A minimum of one year’s experience in health policy or public health related work is recommended.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.

Objectives

By the end of this course students should be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of global and national health policies, including current and emerging trends and also of disciplines relevant to the study of health policy, planning and financing (epidemiology, health economics and other social sciences)

- apply their knowledge and skills using a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, implement and evaluate health policies and plans

- demonstrate written and verbal competence in communicating empirical evidence and in consolidating and critically appraising
debates relevant to issues of health policy and health financing

- demonstrate competence in key research and presentation skills, such as undertaking a literature search, a critical review of published literature or to evaluate research findings

Structure

Term 1:
All students take compulsory modules as follows:

- Financing Health Care (LSE)
- Health Services OR Health Policy Planning and Financing

Students must then take one additional module from each institution:
- LSE: Health Economics; Pharmaceutical Economics; Foundations of Health Policy
- LSHTM: Health Policy, Process and Power; Basic Epidemiology; Issues in Public Health

Term 2:
Students take four modules from LSE and the School:

- For modules to be taken at LSE, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by LSE

- For modules to be taken at the School, any restrictions will be included in the programme specification, and may be adjusted by the School

It will not normally be possible to take other School modules except as a 'special case' choice requiring formal approval by the Course Director and Departmental Taught Course Director. Students may make a maximum of one such choice within the degree.

In all cases, each student's full set of module choices must be approved by the Course Directors at LSE and the School in order to confirm that students' choices fit with their stated career aims and form a coherent set of modules for the MSc. Students must also meet the entrance requirements for each particular module. Guidance will be provided in the course handbook, to outline the key differences between recommended modules and provide comments where relevant on optional modules - to help both students and tutors differentiate between and make module choices most appropriately.

Project Report:
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor, for submission by early September.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/mshppf.html#sixth

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About the MSc Programme. This is a double executive programme with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, designed for professionals working in policy, and the healthcare field. Read more

About the MSc Programme

This is a double executive programme with the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, designed for professionals working in policy, and the healthcare field.

The large shift in the world’s global resources within the health sector has seen a general increase in the demand for specialised master’s programmes in health policy. This programme responds to this need by preparing students to work as directors, programme managers and health policy advisors in the private sector, government, and more.

This programme will lead to the award of two degrees. LSE modules, which lead to the award of MSc Health Economics and Policy, focus on financing healthcare, cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmaceutical economics, and systematic review and meta-analysis. The University of Chicago modules, which lead to the award of MA in Public Policy (with a certificate in health policy), will focus on microeconomics, statistics, analytical politics, public policy research and strategies and tactics in health policy. The programme includes both a capstone course and a dissertation. These projects are designed to strengthen your professional experience and skills in preparation for the transition from mid-level to leadership positions.

Graduate Destinations

We are aiming to provide students with a theoretical understanding of health care policy developments and to generate a critical awareness of the research that has been conducted into selected areas of health policy and health systems globally. This will help prepare students to work as directors, programme managers and health policy advisors in the private sector (government and public affairs departments), international health organisations, donor agencies, philanthropic organisations and foundations, Ministries of Health and NGOs. 



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This masters in Migration, Culture and Global Health Policy focuses on public health and global health issues related to migrant communities across the globe. Read more

Migration and health policy at Queen Mary

This masters in Migration, Culture and Global Health Policy focuses on public health and global health issues related to migrant communities across the globe. It addresses a factor of major importance for those involved in public health and health policy, namely the health of migrants. It considers the nature of migrant and diaspora communities and the ways that health within these communities is related to social, political, economic, and cultural factors. It assesses the important role that culture plays in determining health outcomes in migration by focusing on several ethnographies of migrant communities. It explores the range of health problems faced by migrant communities in host countries. Theoretical themes of relevance to migration and global health will be explored in detail by considering international case studies of mental health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and risk perception and lifestyle.

Programme outline

In the first semester modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis for studying migration and global health policy. These present students with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester students gain a more detailed understanding of areas of special relevance to global public health policy through the specialist module, Migration, Culture and Health, and through elective modules that allow them to focus on the aspects of migration, health policy, or global health of most interest to them.

Core modules

• Epidemiology and Statistics
• Health, Illness and Society
• Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
• Health Systems, Economics, and Policy

Specialist module

• Migration, Culture and Health

Elective modules

• Advanced Social Determinants of Health
• Globalisation and Health Systems
• Public Health, International Law and Governance
• Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice
• Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
• Human Rights and Public Health
• Intellectual Property, Medicine, and Health
• Knowledge Innovation and Management

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About the MSc Programme. This is a joint programme in health policy, offered by LSE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Read more

About the MSc Programme

This is a joint programme in health policy, offered by LSE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

You will have the opportunity to have close contacts with leading research centres in the field of health policy, such as LSE Health and Social Care, based in the Department of Social Policy. 

This programme aims to develop critical analysis of issues within the areas of health policy, planning and financing, and enable you to devise appropriate health policy responses. The programme is taken by students from a wide range of backgrounds including: social science or medical training; health service managers or health care providers and those who have worked in national health care systems, international agencies or NGOs. This programme provides training relevant to countries at all levels of development, although participants are able to specialise in issues of common concern to countries with similar health systems and problems.

Applicants must apply through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/health-policy-planning-financing#how-to-apply

Graduate Destinations

Career destinations after graduation are wide and varied, reflecting the diverse international mix and multi-disciplinary nature of the Health Policy, Planning and Financing class. Graduates from the programme are typically employed by national governments, international organisations, research/management consultancy, industry and the voluntary sector.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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This programme situates health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context, examining the extent to which health and its determinants are shaped by social, economic and political processes and the impacts on health policy of multiple factors. Read more

This programme situates health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context, examining the extent to which health and its determinants are shaped by social, economic and political processes and the impacts on health policy of multiple factors.

With its multidisciplinary approach and online distance learning delivery, this programme will provide you with a flexible and focused examination of health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context.

Whether you’re from a health or social science background, you’ll develop a critical awareness of the role of the state, the commercial sector, civil society and international organisations in health policy and global governance, and an understanding of the challenges confronting policymakers in addressing health and reducing health inequalities.

Online learning

The programme will be taught through a mix of online methods, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading, and a range of interactive online reflection and discussion activities.

You will become part of a vibrant and supportive virtual community, and will be taught through a combination of group work and independent study.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be able to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within public health and policy studies with specific reference to social and economic determinants of population health status.

You will also develop the skills to:

  • apply social science perspectives to public health questions
  • assess the changing context of public health policy formulation
  • analyse diverse source materials and apply to public health questions
  • articulate your own conception of core challenges confronting public health
  • engage in public health advocacy
  • work across disciplinary boundaries

Career opportunities

The programme aims to provide the skills you need to pursue or develop a career in a health-related agency, public sector or non-governmental organisation.

The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.



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Study for a prestigious MSc in Global Health Policy. by distance learning. This course provides you 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 globalising world. Read more

Study for a prestigious MSc in Global Health Policy

by distance learning

This course provides you 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 globalising world. It is the world’s first Masters level course on global health policy by distance learning.

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 organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.

Course aims

By the end of this course, you will be expected to:

- have established a solid foundation in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy

- understand the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues

- gain a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross country learning

- be able to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues.

Prestige

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is Britain's national school of public health and a leading postgraduate institution in Europe for public health, global health and tropical medicine. LSHTM won the Gates Award for Global Health in 2009, and received $1 million in prize money. The winners are chosen by a jury of international health leaders from more than 100 nominations from around the world, and the award is administered by the Global Health Council. LSHTM is both the first academic institution to win the award and the first British winner.

Excellent support

The course is delivered predominantly through provision of interactive CD-ROM materials with supplementary online texts and exercises. Tutorial support is available via the online Virtual Learning Environment through which your fellow students may also be contacted. You also have access to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s online library resources.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre.



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These courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of the planning and delivery of policy responses to global health concerns and issues. Read more
These courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of the planning and delivery of policy responses to global health concerns and issues. They focus on approaches to effective policy-making which contributes to the protection and promotion of population health in a globalising world, at both national and transnational levels.

These are the world's first Master's level courses on global health policy by distance learning. They are 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. They will be of value especially to those seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/progspec-globalhealthpolicy.pdf)
- Distance Learning prospectus (pdf) (http://www.londoninternational.ac.uk/sites/default/files/prospectus/lshtm-prospectus.pdf)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/pg_ghp.html

English Language Requirements

You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years:

- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved;

- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; or

- Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking

- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening

Course objectives

Students will 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

Method of assessment

All distance learning modules are assessed by means of a two-hour unseen written examination (with 15 minutes planning/reading time at the start of the examination).

Modules EPM3, IDM2, IDM3, IDM5 and PHM2 modules - are assessed partly by the two-hour unseen written examination (70%) and partly by an assessed assignment (30%), submitted electronically to the School by a set deadline.

Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence. Details of available examination centres.

They are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking distance learning examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt, if you have failed the module overall.

Study materials

You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software (e.g. Stata), Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the School’s online library resources. We also provide all students with a student registration card.

Flexible study

We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.You have between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.

The study year for most modules runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, while two modules run from the beginning of January through to assignment submission at the end of August. Tutorial support is available throughout this time. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work which is mostly carried out between June and the end of September in their final year.

Blended learning: taking modules in London

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at the School in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all distance learning students in July each year.

Support

- a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)

- personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments

- tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment

- communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/pg_ghp.html#seventh

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This two year part time course is designed for people working in the health sector such as Government officials, clinicians and employees of health insurance companies, consulting companies and healthcare industries. Read more
This two year part time course is designed for people working in the health sector such as Government officials, clinicians and employees of health insurance companies, consulting companies and healthcare industries. Rather than taking time out of your career to study, it offers the chance, through intensive blocks of teaching, coupled with personal study, to gain an MSc qualification with Imperial College.

During the two years, you will attend four, two-week teaching sessions at Imperial College. You will also complete an individual dissertation under the supervision of world class researchers

The taught modules cover the following areas of health policy:

• Health Systems & Policy in developing countries
• Health Economics for Health Policy
• Financing Healthcare
• Health and Society
• Innovation in Healthcare
• Measuring and Improving Performance in Health Systems / Communicating Health Policy
• Health Service Delivery
• Leadership in Healthcare / Ageing and Society


In addition, students undertake a research dissertation during the second year of the MSc. In an aspect of Health Policy that will advance the understanding of best practices.

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This two-year part-time Master's course is run by the Centre for Health Policy, one of the Institute of Global Health Innovation's established Centres. Read more
This two-year part-time Master's course is run by the Centre for Health Policy, one of the Institute of Global Health Innovation's established Centres.

It offers you the chance to learn about important aspects of health policy from leading international academics and practitioners.

The course is aimed at those already working in the health sector, including government officials, clinicians, and employees of health insurance and consulting companies, as well as the healthcare industries.

Through intensive blocks of teaching coupled with personal study, the course allows you to obtain a Master’s qualification without the need to take time out from your career.

You will acquire a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy, and will be shown both quantitative and qualitative research techniques that will enable you to carry out original studies.

You will also develop the ability to critique existing and emerging health policy on the basis of evidence and knowledge.

You will gain a comparative perspective that enables you to consider the challenges affecting different regions and countries, as well as alternative potential responses to them.

Additionally, you will also be presented with the opportunity to network with international peers.

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About the MSc Programme. In the MSc International Health Policy programme, you analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. Read more

About the MSc Programme

In the MSc International Health Policy programme, you analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally.

You will examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles. The programme offers an international perspective, with international faculty in many courses. You will also benefit from contact with research staff in LSE Health and Social Care, including specialists in health economics, public health, social care, European health care reform and behavioural public policy.

You may be able to undertake an internship with a major international or governmental organisation, company or academic institution as part of your overall student assessment. 

This programme will prepare you for a career in a range of fields, including in health administration, health management, government departments or agencies, consultancies, international organisations and the commercial health sector; as well as for a career in research or for further study.

Graduate Destinations

Professional destinations after completing the degree include consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, health services, international organisations, government departments and agencies and NGOs, as well as employment in research or further study for a PhD.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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About the MSc Programme. This is a stream of the . MSc International Health Policy. programme. In both streams, you will examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles. Read more

About the MSc Programme

This is a stream of the MSc International Health Policy programme. In both streams, you will examine important health policy issues through the application of basic health policy and economic principles.

You will also analyse current and emerging health care problems and the range of health policies being developed to meet them internationally. The Health Economics stream will allow you to further concentrate on health economics analysis.

The programme offers an international perspective, with international faculty in many courses. You will also benefit from contact with research staff in LSE Health and Social Care, including specialists in health economics, public health, social care, European health care reform and behavioural public policy.

You may be able to undertake an internship with a major international or governmental organisation, company or academic institution as part of your overall student assessment.

This programme will prepare you for a career in a range of fields, including in health administration, health management, government departments or agencies, consultancies, international organisations or the commercial health sector; as well as for a career in research or for further study.

Graduate Destinations

Professional destinations after completing the degree include consultancies, pharmaceutical companies, health services, international organisations, government departments and agencies and NGOs as well as employment in research or further study for a PhD.

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This programme explores the issues that shape population health and build the knowledge and skills necessary to address them. Over the course of the last decade global health has received dramatically increased attention, both as an emergent academic discipline and in terms of heightened policy salience. Read more

This programme explores the issues that shape population health and build the knowledge and skills necessary to address them.

Over the course of the last decade global health has received dramatically increased attention, both as an emergent academic discipline and in terms of heightened policy salience.

Global health concerns have become a central component of foreign and security policy and of development and human rights agendas, and have reshaped debates regarding the social impacts of global economic and environmental change.

Finding answers to the key questions confronting global health policy and practice is vital. Through this programme you will explore the issues that shape population health and build the knowledge and skills necessary to address them.

From the impact of globalisation and the recent development of influential global health partnerships to the complex relationships between health objectives and the trade policies of leading states, you’ll learn to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within policy studies, international political economy and public health science.

Situated within the Global Public Health Unit, this programme offers innovative research-led teaching that draws on academic expertise from disciplines including public health, political science, social policy, economics, medicine, epidemiology, geography and anthropology.

Our location within the Graduate School of Social and Political Science gives students access to an academically challenging but friendly and supportive environment and to diverse postgraduate courses offered in one of Europe’s leading centres of social science research.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Programme structure

You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses.

Following the taught courses, you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.

We have structured the programme to enable you to undertake a placement during your dissertation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be able to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within policy studies, international political economy and public health science with specific reference to social and economic determinants of population health status; public health policy norms; concepts of epidemiology and research methods; and processes and institutions of public policy-making.

You will also develop the skills to:

  • apply social science perspectives to public health questions
  • assess the changing context of public health policy formulation
  • analyse diverse source materials and apply to public health questions
  • articulate your own conception of core challenges confronting public health
  • engage in public health advocacy
  • work across disciplinary boundaries

Career opportunities

This highly regarded qualification will improve your chances of securing rewarding roles. Recent graduates have taken up employment and research positions with NGOs, health agencies, government departments and international organisations.

We have structured the programme to enable you to undertake a placement during your dissertation, ensuring you graduate with valuable experience and contacts.

The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.

A number of our students, particularly from social science backgrounds, use this programme to prepare for applications to medical school or a PhD programme.

Our programmes are also recognised for training purposes by the UK Faculty of Public Health, and a number of practising doctors undertake study with us.



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Aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, this programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care. Read more
Aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, this programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care.

This programme is suitable for people currently working in the health care sector (in both the public and private sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry) who wish to improve their understanding of and skills in health economics. It may also be of interest to new graduates who wish to pursue a career in health economics and/or health services research.

The MSc Health Economics and Health Policy course:

- brings together professionals from a vast array of work environments, locations and backgrounds offering the benefit of knowledge and experience sharing
- does not ask for an economics first degree
- has a wide variety of module options creating a flexible degree to suit your needs
- offers modules on a block basis (3 or 5 days) making it easier for you and your employers to manage your study leave

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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