This course now has two streams allowing you to follow the one that is most suitable for your career aims. The first stream focuses on health interventions and services (stream A) and the second on health policy and systems (stream B).
The taught compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning:
- Introduction to global and public health – introduces global health issues, public health strategies and health systems.
- (Stream A) Principles of public health – analyses public health problems from a multidisciplinary perspective, informs how to strengthen existing and to build new health services, programmes and related management systems in order to improve the health of populations and communities.
- (Stream B) Principles of health management, planning and policy – analyses types of policies and management systems in the health sector with particular focus on the changing roles of the government.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Introduction to Global and Public Health
Principles of Public Health or Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy
Learning and teaching
Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in low and middle income countries, you develop core skills and knowledge early in the programme.
The programme introduces essential learning skills for postgraduate level study, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study. A reflective learning approach will form the basis of career-long independent learning and continued professional development.
You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and case studies. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students to enhance their competence in the use of information technology. You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment.
You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals. You will also have access to the newly refurbished Worsley Building with new teaching space and post-graduate social space.
You’ll benefit from the international learning environment on our international health and development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Each module is assessed through a combination of written assignments, group and individual presentations, reflective logs and a written examination on epidemiology and statistics. Please note that although the course ends in December, the written examination usually takes place in January of the second semester. You can however arrange for the examination to be taken in December at the end of the course.