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Course content

Overview

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.

On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations. In the past this has included the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Labour Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and GAVI Alliance.

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.

Course content

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.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Applied Qualitative Health Research
  • Key Issues in International Health
  • Policy for Health and Development
  • Research Project in International Health
  • Programmatic Responses to Key Issues in International Health
  • Introduction to Health Systems
  • Statistics for Health Sciences

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Implications of Conflicts and Emergencies on Health and Healthcare Systems
  • Human Resources Planning and Management for Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Health Economics for Developing Health Systems
  • International Health Policy: Geneva Study Tour
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Health Promotion

Learning and teaching

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’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.

Assessment

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.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

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Selection principles

There is strong competition to study this course. We will give preference to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to international health. 

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Additional cost information

The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva (see Overview) is not included in the course fees. Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield Centre for Health and Development pays the rest of these costs.

(Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their personal development only). Other costs, including meals and any personal costs, are paid by the student. We send more information with offer letters.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

We provide information on where previous students have obtained funding. Please take a look at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Funders for ideas.

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the International Health MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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