Taught course

Global Public Health and Policy

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA GPA 3.2/4.0 or GPA 3.4/5.0 or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in this area. At least one year in a primary care setting is desired. You should have IELTS 7.0 or PTE academic 68, with IELTS 6.5 or PTE 62 in writing. International applicants Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

High quality primary health care and public health systems are a cornerstone of an efficient, effective, and equitable health system. Many countries are seeking to shift from a hospital-led health care system to one characterised by population focus and a strong primary care sector. The primary health care model provides the internationally established norm for attaining the World Health Organization’s commitment to ‘health for all’.

This vision for developing public health and primary care is widely held but depends critically on capacity building to produce research leaders, educators, and policy-makers. High quality education and training in primary care and public health is key to assuring the health of a population in any country.

This programme is led by Professor Allyson Pollock, a leading public health intellectual, and delivered by a truly multi-disciplinary team, and builds on models of social determinants of health and international health concepts of policy-making at the extra-territorial level. You can specialise in areas as diverse as trade in health, global burden of disease, evidence based policy making, pharmaceuticals, clinical trials, and ethics. The programme is of particular interest to public health doctors and other health practitioners in public and primary health care, but will also suit you if you are a policy maker, NGO worker, social scientist, or laboratory scientist.

This programme will:

  • Allow you to join students on several MSc programmes to study a common set of core modules, before specialising in primary health care
  • Provide you with an understanding of the significance of the current global challenges for health care and public health
  • Offer a multidisciplinary focus on global public health and primary care in a time of increasing health inequalities.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr James Lancaster
+44 (0)20 7882 7212