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MSc in Global Health

Course Description

The online MSc in Global Health has been created in collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and comprises:

• Online Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Global Health (1 year)
• Online Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Global Health (1 year)
• Online MSc dissertation in Global Health (conversion to MSc in Global Health) (1 year)

Course aims

On completion of the course students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate their capacity for self-managed learning through planning and conducting a programme of research on a topic related to their programme of studies;

2. Further develop knowledge of a relevant body of literature, understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives and powers of critical reasoning;

3. Seek new research findings which, in some cases, add to the existing body of knowledge on a particular subject area;

4. Engage in a limited programme of primary data collection or to reinterpret material already available in the public domain;

5. Develop knowledge of, and competence in, an appropriate range of research methods, including the development of a study hypothesis, an appreciation of the research methodology and analytical techniques to be utilised, the undertaking of a specific research study, the synthesis and evaluation of findings, and a clear statement of conclusions and recommendations;

6. Develop writing, presentation and bibliographic skills, which involves skills in the planning and management of a long document;

7. Build experience of developing and managing a specific programme of work.

These online courses have been developed for people working in the humanitarian sector or for those wishing to enter this field. They enable students to obtain the highest quality postgraduate education whilst maintaining full time employment anywhere in the world.

All students join the MSc in Global Health at the PG Cert level. Students graduating with 50% or above can proceed to the PG Dip, and likewise student graduating from the PG Dip with 50% or above can proceed to the MSc dissertation.

Course unit details

Course units may vary from year to year.

PG Certificate in Global Health (1 year):

The curriculum will comprise 4 x 15 credit modules as detailed below.
- Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience - This module will offer an introduction to public and global health, risk assessments and management, epidemiology, population ageing, the determinants of child survival, and pandemics.
- Health Systems and Markets - This module will look at the social determinants of health, the work of civil society organisations, the interfaces between states and economies, organisational change, health financing, urban health, rural access, food security, agriculture, and eradication programming.
- Community Approaches to Health - This module will examine issues of psycho-social care, behaviour change, aging, micro-insurance, advocacy, holistic health, HIV, nutrition, breast feeding, hygiene promotion and immunisation.
- Ethics, Human Rights and Health - This module will consider the role of gender, health inequalities, dignity, legal frameworks, rights based approaches to health, reproductive rights, Millennium development goals 4, 5, and 6, child rights, and accessing illegal drug users and commercial sex workers.

PG Diploma in Global Health (1 year):
- Disaster and Crisis Management
- Management and Leadership in Health and Humanitarianism
- Diseases and Trauma in Developing Countries: understanding an ongoing global burden of disease
- Research Methods in Global Health.

MSc dissertation in Global Health (conversion to MSc in Global Health) (1 year)
All students will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will support them throughout the year. Formal dissertation supervision sessions will be arranged which may be conducted via videoconference, telephone, or by email depending upon the personal preference and the facilities available to each student. All assessment will take place online. Students will submit their dissertations at the end of the 12 month programme. These will be assessed and students will be informed of the outcome thereafter.

Visit the MSc in Global Health page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Donna Koolmees

Paediatric Rehabilitation Mentor, Laos

Whilst I am a specialist in the disability and rehabilitation field I recognised the need to gain a broader perspective of global health to successfully engage in the development of health systems, and I lacked knowledge in public health and community health education as an essential component in prevention, detection and capacity of healthcare services to meet needs of people with disabilities.

This course met all these learning needs and I chose the course because of the time scale and its online delivery but more importantly because of the module topics and the fact that it is affiliated with IFRC so is very much based in the context of health development in developing countries where I work.

The course is very interesting and has provided me with a much broader knowledge of global health issues. There is a wealth of reading and materials provided in each module session with small tasks to test and apply your knowledge.

The knowledge I am gaining is being used in my day to day work when developing, implementing and monitoring programmes in the field.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a Lower Second Class Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions may be made.Those who do not have a Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent may apply if they can demonstrate (via a personal statement of no more than 350 words) that they can communicate clearly, are highly motivated, and have experience of prior learning.Applicants need to nominate a referee and guide them to the online MSc in Global Health Reference Form found here: View Website

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