Taught course

International Primary Health Care

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 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The vision of this programme is to build a vibrant inter-professional and interdisciplinary learning community of primary care practitioners who will work together under the guidance of expert tutors to explore how the principles and practice of effective primary health care may be achieved in different countries, health care systems, and local settings.

Aimed at doctors, nurses, allied health professions, policy makers, and managers working in a public health, primary care, or health policy setting throughout the world, it will promote high quality research, teaching, and service development in these areas in an international context.

High quality primary health care and public health systems form the cornerstone of an efficient, effective, and equitable health system. Many countries (whether low-, middle- or high-income) are seeking to shift from a secondary care led, disease-oriented and ‘reactive’ healthcare system to one characterised by a strong primary care sector offering ‘proactive’, whole-patient care through measures such as patient education, prevention, early diagnosis, support for self-care, risk factor and chronic disease management, and systematic gate-keeping to the secondary care sector.

This vision for developing public health and primary care is widely held (eg, it is prominent in World Health Organization strategic plans and is a strong theme in the new healthcare strategy in the USA), but it depends critically on capacity-building to produce the research leaders, educators, policy-makers and change agents who are integral to this process.

Through the knowledge and analytic skills they have gained, students can address the challenges facing primary care across a range of contexts. Their ability to plan and develop services and advocate for them will be greatly enhanced, and their effectiveness in delivering health care and public services will be increased. Strong emphasis is placed on research methods and analytic techniques for practical application or further research, and research methods are integrated into many modules.

Primary health care is a highly applied discipline which draws on numerous primary disciplines (eg, biomedicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, health service management, epidemiology, statistics and analytical modelling, health services research).

The interdisciplinary programme will be led the Centre for Primary Care & Public Health in collaboration with the School of Law, and the School of Business & Management.

This MSc programme is part of a wider programme of study in global health within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The programmes are directed by Professor David McCoy, and a multidisciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical academics.

The teaching is informed by a concern for social justice, and offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the current global challenges for public health and health policy.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Blizard Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511