Learning and teaching
The programme is delivered full time and makes use of a virtual learning environment to help you with background preparation for the seminars that constitute an important part of your learning.
The programme tackles important developments in politics, economics, and bioscience – for instance, looking at Bill Gates’ funding of public-private partnerships to address specific illnesses and problems, and the implications in terms of medicine and scientific developments, accountability and democracy, health inequality and the distribution of medicine.
Specialist modules of interest
- Maternal and child health
- Infectious diseases
- Climate change and health
- Global governance and international law
The first year curriculum will provide you with an introduction to and foundation in a range of important disciplines, while developing your reading, analysis and research skills.
- Social determinants of health
- Basic issues in politics and global health
- Introduction to research, writing and analysis for global health
- Introduction to epidemiology and statistics
- Society, medicine and health
- The international politics of global health: an introduction
- Introduction to health economics
- Geographies of biomedicine and global health
Year 2 will see you apply the theories, methods, concepts, and approaches learnt in the preceding year to a set of health issues: maternal and child health, communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases. In addition, you will continue to develop your skills in research, writing, and analysis, as well as in epidemiology.
- Communicable diseases
- Non-communicable diseases
- Research, writing and analysis
- Health, biomedicine and society
- Maternal and child health and nutrition
- Advanced epidemiology and statistics
- Medicines and pharmaceuticals
In Year 3 you will be introduced to the topic area of health systems, and there will be more optional modules. You will also have a compulsory ‘capstone’ module that provides advanced level, cross-disciplinary perspectives on evolving issues in the field and which will allow you to draw on the knowledge and skills you have acquired in considering problems and dilemmas in the global health arena from Years 1 and 2. You will also undertake a dissertation.
- Health systems, economics and policy
- Contemporary issues in health and society in the global context
- Climate change and global health policy
- Globalisation and health systems
- Migration, culture and advanced social determinants of health
- Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
- Public health, international law and governance
- The politics and geographies of global health
For further information about the modules on the degree please use the QMUL Module Directory