Taught course

Global Health, Law and Governance

Queen Mary, University of London · Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science

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. You should have IELTS 7.0 with IELTS 6.5 or PTE 62 in writing.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, a collaboration between the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, the Department of Law, and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, analyses the key international organisations and legal instruments that influence national public health policies. It critically examines the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and key international conventions and protocols. This programme will appeal to all those with an involvement in health policy and health systems, eg, medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers. It will interest policy makers who will want to understand the bigger picture about global health and will feature prominent key speakers from the likes of WHO, WTO, and the medical profession.

On completion of this course, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to work in health and public policy at local, national, and international level, and in governmental and international bodies and NGOs, or undertake further postgraduate research.

This programme will:

  • Introduce students to some of the key international frameworks and instruments in global health Analyse international legal processes and regimes which are leading to global standard-setting and influence over national public health policies.
  • Focus on pharmaceuticals and international legal instruments across human rights, trade, and environmental sectors that are particularly relevant for public health.
  • Critically examine the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and key international conventions and protocols.
  • Incorporate global governance and global health governance, helping set the frame for how governance interfaces with the making of laws (and also regulatory regimes and treaties) and their enforcement or implementation. Global pandemic surveillance and management, key issues around the control and ownership of viral material used for production of vaccines, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are all examples of important issues in this field.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Blizard Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511