This award is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and wish to examine community-based strategies for enhancing health and wellbeing of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement. The award focuses on analysing the relationship between gender, health and development; identifying the many opportunities and constraints related to the social development of a community; appraisal of the impact of such opportunities and constraints on a planned health project or programme; and the effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.
Teaching, learning and assessment
Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.
Teaching hours and attendance
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.
You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising the core modules Gender, Health and Development and Project Design and Management, and two 15 credit modules IGHD modules*.
Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings where a social development understanding informs approaches to health. Examples of positions filled by IGHD graduates include: Health Advisor for Save the Children UK, Senior Coordinator for International Operations with Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in the Scottish NGO sector, Public Health Policy Workers for First Nation’s communities in Canada, Humanitarian Worker with Islamic Relief. Others have taken internships with organisations such as the WHO on graduation, while others have progressed to doctoral studies.
An opportunity to analyse the relationship between aspects of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, the role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.
Opportunity to focus on processes of local engagement, participation and agency in shaping health and development programmes
Students often collaborate with organisations in the field of social development in the UK or internationally for their dissertation projects.