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International Primary Health Care

Course Description

Study primary care and international health at Queen Mary

The vision of the MSc International Primary Health Care is to build a vibrant inter-professional and interdisciplinary learning community of primary care practitioners who will work together under the guidance of expert tutors to explore how the principles and practice of effective primary health care may be achieved in different countries, health care systems, and local settings. There is no clinical component to this MSc, though students will be encouraged to apply any particular clinical interest.

This international primary care masters is part of a wider programme of study in global and international health. Underpinned by a commitment to the principles of social justice and fairness, these programmes will provide students with an understanding of the significance of the current global challenges for health care and public health, and will offer a multidisciplinary focus on global public health and primary care in a time of increasing health inequalities.

Queen Mary is committed to teaching and researching global health, and has assembled for this initiative an experienced team from across the university, led by professors who have previously established and run successful and highly prestigious programmes both online and on campus. Prof Allyson Pollock is one of the UK's leading public intellectuals in medicine, and is a world authority on global health and public health policy. Prof Trish Greenhalgh is one of the international stars of general practice, a leading educationalist in international primary health and enormously influential in primary health research. The programmes are based in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, which is responsible for leading global health teaching in the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the leading UK medical school for global health in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Who is this programme for?

Students on the international primary health care programme will be established primary care practitioners who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their varied practice settings around the world. Dealing with primary health care, the programme is concerned with core underlying principles, and so is of relevance to those working or planning to work locally in London, in the UK, or anywhere in the world where these principles apply, and at the local, national, or international level.

Possible career routes

Students who studied the previous MSc programme run by our team have gone on to become researchers, trainers, teachers and change agents in a wide range of primary care settings throughout the world.

Programme outline

In the first semester modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis. These present students with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester students gain a more detailed understanding of areas of special relevance to international primary health care through the specialist module, Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice, and through elective modules that allow them to focus on the aspects of primary health of most interest to them.

Core modules

• Epidemiology and Statistics
• Health, Illness and Society
• Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
• Health Systems, Economics, and Policy

Elective modules

• Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice
• Migration, Culture, and Advanced Social Determinants of Health
• Globalisation and Health Systems
• Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
• Intellectual Property, Medicine, and Health
• Human Rights and Public Health
• Public Health, International Law and Governance
• Knowledge Innovation and Management

15,000 word dissertation

Visit the International Primary Health Care page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.2 or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in the area of global health. Language requirements: IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 610, IBTOEFL 100, PTE academic 68; with writing at least IELTS 6.5, or TOEFL 23. Previous experience: at least one year in a primary care setting Other: Strong personal statement.

Course Fees

FT Home/EU £7,700 and Overseas £13,350; PT Home/EU £3,850 and Overseas £6,675

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