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Global public health has become a subject of study across several disciplines, including biomedicine, political economy, sociology and anthropology, epidemiology and statistics, health services research, and policy studies. Law has also been amongst these, but has rarely been the focus of dedicated study in the context of global public health. Yet legal frameworks and instruments continue to evolve and to shape and influence both the content and delivery of standards and policy goals.

This programme analyses the key international organisations and legal instruments that influence national public health policies. It critically examines the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and key international conventions and protocols. This programme will appeal to all those with an involvement in health policy and health systems, including medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers, amongst others. It will interest policy makers who want to understand the bigger picture about global health and will feature prominent key speakers from the likes of WHO, WTO, and the medical profession.

On completion of this course, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to work in health and public policy at local, national, and international level, and in governmental and international bodies and NGOs, or undertake further postgraduate research.

This programme will:

-Introduce students to key international frameworks and instruments in global health
-Analyse international legal processes and regimes which are leading to global standard-setting and influence over national public health policies.
-Focus on international legal instruments across human rights, trade, and environmental sectors that are particularly relevant for public health.
-Critically examine the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and key international conventions and protocols.
-Incorporate global governance and global health governance, helping set the frame for how governance interfaces with the making of laws (and also regulatory regimes and treaties) and their enforcement or implementation.

Why study your MSc in Global Health, Law and Governance at Queen Mary?

This programme is a collaboration between the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Law. Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine, in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London has been ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in London in the Guardian University Guide 2015 subject league tables.

Within the School of Law at Queen Mary, there are two partners, the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). The Department of Law was established in 1965 and covers the full spectrum of legal studies. The Centre for Commercial Law Studies focuses strongly on the global development of international commercial law.

The Global Public Health Unit combines the local and the global in a stimulating and challenging research and teaching environment – we have strong links to the NHS, local authorities, numerous third-sector organisations in east London, senior policymakers in the UK, and leading international figures in global health.

The MSc programmes study global health from a diverse multidisciplinary perspective, with teaching led by public health consultants, lawyers, sociologists, geographers, and economists.

You will learn on a truly multidisciplinary programme, which exposes you to a range of disciplines, giving you a genuinely broad education and a wide perspective. With this multidisciplinary approach, you will gain critical insight and applied skills necessary for management, persuasion, and advocacy.

We integrate different types of teaching delivery with a focus on small group seminars, so you will develop debating and discussion skills, and have plenty of contact with academics. We work from the local to the global – the Global Public Health Unit is based in Whitechapel in London's East End, and has close links to NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary sector in one of London's most diverse and complex areas. We have collaborations with other universities and organisations from around the world to aid research, teaching, policy development, and community engagement.

We encourage students to get involved in both our local and international work.

Visit the MSc Global Health, Law and Governance (subject to approval) page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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