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MSc International Development and Health

Course Description

Improving global health, including halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria, supporting maternal health and reducing child mortality were a central part of the eight Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders at a United Nations summit in 2000.
NGOs and other aid and relief organisations deal every day with communities and the dangers to their health.

This unique course offers you the opportunity to work at the interface between international development and health to understand the causes of health-related development deficits and global patterns in health and development outcomes.
You will learn about the roles of different actions in improving health care provision.

The course is accessible to a wide range of students -- from graduates and development practitioners to healthcare professionals and administrators who are interested in health inequalities in low and middle-income countries.

Your tutors have expertise in broad range of key development areas, including South Asia, East Africa, Latin America, Palestine and Bangladesh.


Health remains a critical part of the international development agenda following the Millennium Development Goals. Many of the challenges of international development policy and management are closely linked to health issues.
This course explores the dynamic links between international development and health inequalities in public health access and provision across low and middle-income countries.

It builds on the expertise at the University of East London in both health and development and includes core and optional modules from our courses in NGO and Development Management MSc (School of Social Sciences) and Public Health MSc (School of Health, Sport and Bioscience).

You will study the health issues which many communities face – from HIV, water-borne diseases and malaria to sanitation and nutrition – and how development agencies and NGOs try to engage people in helping to deal with them.
The three main modules focus on Development Management in an International Context, Public Health Policy and Strategy and Research Methods.


If you want to establish a career as a development and health specialist, this course will help you on the way to achieving your professional goals.

It opens the door for you to secure a career in development and health planning and policy roles with development agencies, consultancies and NGOs as well as in related areas such as development planning, advocacy and policy research.

It will also give you a strong research grounding if you wish to continue to research at PhD level. The contacts and links which both the staff and former students enjoy with key organisations involved in public health within international contexts will help you to set up your work placement and, in turn, your future career pathway.

If you have already been working in this sector, the additional skills and expertise you will gain on this course will put you in a stronger position to advance your career.

Our course has a strong focus on employability and your learning will be guided by best practice in the field and by the expertise of our academic team from their wide-ranging experience and expertise.


The following are the core and optional requirements for this programme:

Development in the International Context (Core)
Public Health: Policy and Strategy (Core)
Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences (Core)
Double Dissertation (Core)
Sustainable Development and the Commons (Optional)
Current Issues in Forced Migration (Optional)
Health Promotion: Theory and Practice (Optional)
Core Themes and Structures in Health Promotion (Optional)

Visit the MSc International Development and Health page on the University of East London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MSc should normally hold a first class or second class (2:1 or 2:2) honours degree in a related area including social sciences, health or health promotion. Applicants who are not graduates but who have at least two years relevant research or professional experience may be considered. Applicants with the required honours degree need not have practical experience to apply. Eligibility for students without degree-equivalent qualifications will be assessed on the basis of a short essay and statement. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home: Full-time : £8,000, Part-time: £1,333 per 30 credit module; International: Full-time: £11,700

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