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Health Systems and Public Policy (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

Focused on key contemporary debates, this programme examines the challenges of improving access to health care in the United States, the impacts of private finance on the NHS, and the multiple challenges confronting health systems in resource-poor settings.

This programme will give you the skills to design cost-effective health systems that provide equitable access to high-quality healthcare. Presented through our Global Public Health Unit, we offer a highly interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning and integration with the wider University.

The programme allows you to study courses from across the health systems field, including health policy, global politics, health inequalities, economics, financial management and international development.

You’ll find inspiration within our vibrant, international community, and learn from the real world of health systems. Our students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and countries at all levels of economic development, and many bring hands-on experience of healthcare in their home country.

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

Programme structure

Teaching is by lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete two compulsory courses and a number of option courses, after which you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

identify, classify and evaluate models of health care financing, purchasing and delivery
understand and assess a diverse range of health system reform programmes currently underway in the developed and developing world
recognise and appraise the key institutions and mechanisms of domestic and global health policy formulation
explain the role of the state in financing health care and organising health services
understand how different types of health system impact on population health outcomes
explain the consequences of different forms of ownership and governance in the delivery of health care
identify the most effective ways to reform and strengthen health systems in high-income and resource-poor settings

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme, you will be well qualified for a career in health administration, health management, consultancy, advisory or advocacy roles within international agencies, commercial sector management or research.

A number of our graduates have undertaken internships with the World Health Organisation, and several have gone on to senior health policy roles in their home countries.

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

Our programmes are also recognised for training purposes by the UK Faculty of Public Health, and a number of practising doctors undertake part-time study with us alongside their clinical work.

Visit the Health Systems and Public Policy (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent.

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