The Masters in Global Health is a challenging and innovative programme which will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective.
• MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• You will be able to locate health and its determinants and discuss the role of equality and inequality, category and location and their influence on health.
• You will examine health issues that arise for particular groups and across national boundaries as well as specific sectors and organisations such as health and social care, education, local government and employment.
• You will make a critical analysis of health policy and its implications; and use quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, using at least one of these in the completion of an original piece of social research.
• The University is a leading centre of applied and policy related research. This programme brings together expertise in inequalities in health, health and well-being, disability, drugs and addictions, urban health and the history of medicine.
• You will benefit from being taught by experts from the following world-leading centres based at the University: the recently established Institute for Health and Wellbeing, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Centre for the History of Medicine and Centre for Public Policy for Regions.
You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project and team work in the UK.
• Health in its social context
• Methods of social research.
• The disabling society
• Public policy for health
• History of medicine from 1850-2000
• Medical anthropology
• Health economics
• Globalisation and health
• Psychosocial approaches to health.
Background and Aims
Health is one of the most important aspects of everyday life in the modern world and is one of the most important qualities of everyday life. Health is often taken-for-granted and only becomes important when it is threatened. It is also an area where large resources are invested and health services and health care represent some of the largest sectors in most economies in the more affluent societies. There are a range of different approaches that the social sciences can employ engage with health and can contribute to our understanding of health, health care and health systems.
The aim of this MSc is to provide students with a global understanding of health from the social sciences perspective. It adopts a multidisciplinary focus and provides students with the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of health and its determinants and healthcare. It brings together experts from across the social sciences and health service research and will provide in-depth and specialist analysis of a range of topics, marrying different theoretical and applied approaches. As well as taught courses, which are designed to give you the tools and understanding necessary to engage confidently with current issues and debates in the field, students will also have the opportunity to devise and carry out a sustained piece of research into an area or topic of their own particular interest. The programme will help you develop a number of research, writing, team-working and professional skills that will equip you for the workplace or doctoral study.
You may or may not have previous experience of studying sociology or other relevant disciplines, but we intend the course to be accessible to people from a variety of backgrounds.
The MSc programme is taught by experts drawn from the College of Social Sciences, the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences and the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. You will also be connected to a larger body of graduate students engaged in a wide range of social and political science-based study. The College of Social Sciences graduate school organizes a range of employability workshops as well as frequent training events designed to help you make the most of your time at the University.
Career opportunities include positions as health care professionals, health care policy advisors and in public health care systems, the voluntary and third sector.
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.