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Global Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The health and wellbeing of people differs widely across the globe. Life expectancy varies from 45 years in some countries to double that figure in others, and similar inequalities exist within countries.

Economies, environments, societies and cultures are increasingly heterogeneous, but also interconnected and interdependent. Thus, many complex factors and processes simultaneously operating from the local to the global spheres affect the health of individuals, populations and nations. As these factors change, so do the challenges and opportunities for improving health locally and globally.

The global health programme at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research develops students’ understanding of the complex determinants of health and their potential solutions in order to help them contribute to the improvement of health and the achievement of health equity and social justice worldwide. With this purpose, this programme offers an inter-multi and cross-disciplinary approach to health and ill-health. The course brings together experts from the health sciences, development studies, anthropology, business, economics and political sciences amongst others in order to deliver a stimulating and vibrant programme, covering topics such as poverty, inequality, cultural understandings of health and healing, emerging infectious diseases, global burden of diseases, climate change, health policy and governance, access to medicines, and the relationship between health inequality, globalisation and global governance.

Key Areas of Study

- Determinants of health and ill-health in a globalised world
- Global Burden of Disease and Injury
- Global Health Management
- Access to Medicines
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
- Health, Poverty and Development
- Sexuality and Development
- Global Health Policy and Practice
- Global Occupational Health
- Emerging Global Health risks


- Global Health Principles (GHP)
- Global Burden and Management of Disease
- Research Methods & Critical Appraisal
- Research Projects (students can do overseas research with our partner institutions)

- Global Politics of Disease
- Cultural Understandings of Health and healing
- Health and Development
- Communicable Diseases
- Access to Medicines
- Sexuality and Development: Intimacies, Health and Rights in Global Perspective

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the skills to work as global health practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers within international health and development agencies.

Previous graduates have gone into a range of careers, including working for national and international NGOs and Public Health England (PHE). Others are working in national and international-level research organisations and universities, and some have continued for further postgraduate training at PhD level.

Two of our graduates recently got in touch to let us know what they are up to now that they've completed their Global Health MSc:
- Marta Fernandez Arias works for Spanish Red Cross as a Health Delegate.
- Hannah Franklin works for Marie Stopes International as a Regional Programme Manager.

Visit the Global Health - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Brighton & Sussex Medical School website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jennie Hockey

My First Two Months as a Global Health Student - FindAMasters Scholarship Winner 2016

click here to see Jennie's view of our Master: https://www.findamasters.com/advice/blog/blog-post.aspx?bpid=1820&ct=157


BSMS Global Health Scholarship 2017 - 2 Awards

BSMS is delighted to announce the launch of a number of scholarships for students admitted to full-time Master's degree in Global Health at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research.

The scholarships are funded by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), and confirm the emergence of the Global Health Department at BSMS as a national and international leader in global health research, practice and PG study. The scholarship provides two £2,500 awards towards tuition fees to UK and EU students or one £5,000 award towards tuition fees to International (Non UK/EU) students. This means that UK, European and International students are eligible to apply. For more information visit our website: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-degrees/global-health.aspx

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500 (UK, EU students)/ £5000 (Non-UK/EU students)


The BSMS Global health scholarships are available for admission in 2017 only and will be awarded on the basis of academic and/or professional merit and financial need. UK, European and International students are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

You must first apply for admission to the MSc in Global Health course via the BSMS ‘Apply online’ application system. You will need your applicant number to complete the BSMS Global Health Scholarship’s Application form.Please click here for more information: https://www.bsms.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-degrees/global-health.aspx The completed BSMS Global Health application form should be submitted as a single Word document saved as a PDF by e-mail, with “BSMS Global Health Scholarship” as subject line, to: [email protected] by 10am on 16 June 2017 (UK time).The successful candidate/s will be notified by 30 June 2017. If you have any questions please contact us: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in any Global Health-related subject (e.g. anthropology, development studies, economics, international relations, nursing, political sciences, psychology, pharmacy, etc) or the successful completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits). Relevant global health experience is not essential but desirable.

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