Drawing on its wide ranging teaching and research experience, the Blizard institute has continued to expand its portfolio of undergraduate programmes over recent years.
Our BSc in Global Health is led by public health experts and a team of multi-disciplinary academics who together will help you develop an understanding of a range of public health issues at a global level. As a student on this degree, you will be exposed to a programme that will provide you with a genuinely broad education. A key feature of this degree is that it is multi-disciplinary. Among the subjects and academic specialisms you will encounter are: epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, law, economics, politics, parasitology, medicine, statistics, geography and philosophy. You will discover that all of this is highly relevant to most, if not all, critical public health issues - whether it is the challenge of controlling pandemic diseases like Ebola or HIV/AIDS; increasing access to medicines in poor countries; responding to the threat of climate change; or preventing the further increase in drug resistant strains of bacteria.
A strong theme that runs through this course is social justice and equity (another word for ‘fairness’). Our biggest global health challenges are all shaped by the fact that we live in an increasingly unequal and precarious world. Similarly, you will find that it is impossible to consider the solutions to our pressing global challenges without having to confront the influence of politics, power and money.
This degree produces knowledgeable and skilled graduates, who are socially responsible and progressive global citizens. The last few decades has seen the world become increasingly interconnected through various processes often referred to as ‘globalisation’. The transmission of diseases and the growing cross-border flow of patients and medical services are just two examples as to why public health has to adopt a global focus, and not just one that is local or national.
Intercalated degree programmes are open to a limited number of medical and dental students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as medical and dental students from other schools in the UK.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with the opportunity to think critically about, and to study more deeply, the scientific basis of the medical sciences. All courses consist of several taught modules appropriate to the theme of the course, some of which are optional. A major part of the course is a substantial research project, supervised by a member of staff and is usually laboratory or clinically based. This allows students to experience the challenges of research and helps them to make an informed decision about pursuing a research career after they qualify.
Current Blizard Institute Intercalated Programmes:
iBSc Global Public Health
iBSc Epidemiology and Infectious Disease
Applications for 2015-16 academic year have now closed. Further details about the programmes and application will be available here.
Applications to study for an intercalated degree with the Blizard Institute will be considered for fourth year medical and dental students.
For details on the MBBS and BDS Undergraduate Medical and Dentistry courses, click here.
For information on the Graduate Entry programme for Medicine, click here.