MSc - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 or 36 months
PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 21 months
The MSc in Global Public Health provides students with the critical analysis and breadth of knowledge to act confidently to address contemporary health challenges.
About this course
There are a number of public health challenges facing our society and all societies today, including:
- increasing inequalities
- climate change
- displacement of populations.
The MSc in Global Public Health addresses these issues and others, and encourages you to consider the roles of and interactions between governments, international organisations, and multinational corporations in addressing these challenges.
The United Nations and the World Health Organization have identified ways to improve health for all, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To work towards such public health targets as universal health coverage and universal access to care, it is necessary to have an understanding of complex health interventions in their social, political, and economic contexts.
The MSc in Global Public Health is based in the Institute of Health & Society in Newcastle University’s medical school, the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The Institute, headed by Prof Allyson Pollock, is one of the UK’s leading public health departments, its diverse staff tackling global and public health issues from a large range of disciplines and perspectives.
This global health masters course grows out of the Institute’s determination to undertake research and teaching to:
- reduce health inequalities
- address social injustice
- improve population health locally, nationally, and internationally.
What you'll learn
Some of the global health issues that may be covered include:
- how can medicines be designed and delivered so everyone has access to them?
- what is the role of transnational and multinational organisations in health care delivery and how do they affect national and local health systems?
- what is the right to health, and how can it be enforced and exercised?
- how much should health professionals best work with patients, carers, and communities to encourage good health and how much should they tackle inequalities and larger social factors?
This Global Public Health MSc aims to develop your knowledge of the varied analyses and methodologies required by:
- modern day doctors and health professionals
- policy makers
- public servants.
You will be able to understand and critique information and practice, and to advocate effectively on behalf of your patients and communities.
You will also receive research training in public health sciences, with a thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods.
You can follow your interests and develop specialisms through the global public health research project, which is developed in collaboration with our expert staff. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academics, or propose your own.
The Global Public Health MSc also provides a broad-ranging preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Our teaching has been mapped against the Faculty’s competencies for public health practitioners to ensure that we continue to provide an excellent academic training.
You are encouraged to complete work experience placements, which the university's careers service can help arrange. This experience helps to increase your transferable skills and enhance your CV.
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 100 for Medicine - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
Our diverse staff tackle global and public health issues from a large range of disciplines, including:
- public health
- primary care
- medical and applied health specialties
- psychology and behavioural science
- applied epidemiology
- data science
- health economics.
The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. Your project and dissertation are an extremely valuable opportunity for you to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the taught component of the course.
Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work. Some teaching sessions may involve student presentations, and preparation or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Module delivery varies from semester length to intensive block teaching.
You will be based in the Institute of Health and Society in the Baddiley-Clark Building, adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.
You will have access to:
- open plan workspaces
- meeting rooms of all sizes
- 'breakout' areas for informal discussion.