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Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Development


Course Description

This course is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and to examine the opportunities and constraints created in the wider community in relation to the goal of attaining better health of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement.

The course 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.

Modules

15 credits: Gender, Health and Development/ Project Design and Management/ Two from elective modules. Please contact for details

Careers

Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings including as Health Advisors for Save the Children UK and Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Senior Coordinator for International Operations at Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in Scottish NGOs, Public Health Policy Worker for first nation communities in northern Canada, humanitarian workers for Islamic Relief, Internships at WHO as well as progressing to PhD studies.

Quick Facts

Focus on the impact of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.

Applied and practical learning of frameworks and tools for use in planning and implementing health and social programmes in resource poor and middle income countries.

Teaching and learning is student centred, drawing on the experiences of what is normally an extremely diverse and international group of students.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Social Development page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Theresia

“I was really happy to study International Health here and meet people from all over the world (…). In class and during the group work it was sometimes challenging but interesting to discuss issues with people from so many different backgrounds. Here with smaller classes, I had the feeling that people in the course felt at the same level, in a safe environment and thus were motivated to discuss openly, challenge and engage with the material without the fear of losing their ‘face’ or status.

I think the programmes here are ideal for people who have some practical experience in working in international health and want to gain knowledge on the global context, historical background, social, cultural and economic issues, policy and theories.. The modules allow you to take a step back from the practical issues in the field and provide you with the tools necessary to research and analyse matters related to international health.”

(Student Profile)

Canisious

“I am a medical doctor. Before I came here I was working with an NGO focusing on women’s issues. After looking into the problems they were facing, I wanted to get some skills to help them more effectively. Maternal health isn’t really on the development agenda in my country.

My experience here really opened my way of thinking, broadened my mind. I’ve learnt how things are interrelated – how social factors can contribute to health outcomes. You get an insight into the debates in international development here. Now with all this knowledge I’ve been provided with, I hope to return and apply these skills. My work will become more involved in community development and less focused on the biomedical factors only.

I appreciated the style of teaching here since it is so student-centred. You are allowed to express yourself and encouraged to go beyond what the lecturers tell you, to develop new ideas, discuss and debate.

I would encourage friends to come here because even though the courses are challenging, life itself is full of challenges. The way the programmes are designed here you gain insight into so many different fields. You may be following an MSc in Population and Reproductive Health but you delve into subjects like social development, research, project design etc."

(Student Profile)

Hekmat

“Here many postgraduate students from all over the world come together and share their experiences. When I came here I saw that the problem in my country is the same as in other countries but the solutions are different. Through the group work with my colleagues, I gained so much insight into their experiences. When I wanted to find out about something in a different country, I would just ask some of my colleagues and find out about the many issues affecting them.

What I’ve learned here is that the solution to working on problems must be developed by the people who are part of the culture of the country that is affected. Difficulties arise when large organisations want to implement development policies across several countries.. each country has its own way of dealing with things.”

(Student Profile)

Margreat

“It was a lot of work and often quite difficult but it’s a great advantage to take the course. You’re not focused on one area but broaden your horizon. I’ve done things on health policy, gender, ethics – things I wouldn’t have considered earlier.

What I’ve learned here at IGHD is that you can empower people to speak. You have rights as a patient and we can encourage them to speak about their context and concerns.”

(Student Profile)

Eric

"I did an undergraduate degree in my home country of Malawi and went straight on to work for the Centre for Agricultural Research at the University of Malawi. From there, I moved to World Vision Malawi, where I worked as a Community Development Programme Manager for seven years and then as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for several months.

During my nine years of working, I was exposed to the enormous challenges which the poor face in their fight against poverty – health being one of these challenges. These challenges impinged greatly on all the efforts I had put into the work that I had done and I wanted to deepen my understanding of the poor, hoping to bring to light the root cause of poverty. I believed that by doing the course at Queen Margaret, I would hopefully find a solution.

The course opened my eyes to International Issues that have either a direct or an indirect impact on the socio-economic state of the poor, especially in developing countries. The lecturers were very supportive and made my study and stay in Edinburgh very memorable.

Currently, I am doing Community Development Consulting in Malawi and Southern Africa (and hoping to expand the market to the whole of Africa). The course has helped me in so many ways: for example, it has increased my confidence and I have an expanded my views of issues that concern the poor.

Before coming back to Malawi, I secured a place PhD study at Queen Margaret University and hope to start back there soon once I secure a scholarship. I appreciate the time I spent studying this course and I would like to encourage people, especially from developing countries to do it too. Your way of looking at/handling the poor will not be the same!"


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Entry Requirements

honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related or social science area. Relevant professional or practical experience is preferred.

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