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Health Systems and Global Policy

Course Description

Health systems and global health at Queen Mary

The MSc in Health Systems and Global Policy considers how the principles and practice of effective and fair public health care can inform health policy and health systems in national and local settings, and emphasises the importance of understanding health systems in debates around global health policy. An important focus of the programme will be the theoretical and practical principles of solidarity in health systems. The programme analyses the principles of health systems, and makes global linkages to social, political, economic, and cultural issues in individual countries and themes.

The health systems masters is part of a wider programme of study in global policy 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?

The Health Systems and Global Policy programme is of particular interest to medical and clinical practitioners, civil servants, public health practitioners, social and political scientists, lab scientists, and NGO workers. Dealing with health systems, the programme is concerned with 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.

Programme outline

In the first semester modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis for studying global health and health systems. 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 global public health policy through the specialist module, Globalisation and Health Care Reform, and through elective modules that allow them to focus on the aspects of health policy and health systems 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

Specialist module

• Globalisation and Health Systems

Elective modules

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

15,000 word dissertation

Visit the Health Systems and Global Policy 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. 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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