Taught course

Global Public Health and Policy

Queen Mary, University of 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. You should have IELTS 7.0 with IELTS 6.5 or PTE 62 in writing.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme description
(Study mode: campus-based or via distance learning)

The MSc Global Public Health and Policy builds on models of social determinants of health and international health concepts of policy-making at local, national, and international levels.

Students can specialise in areas as diverse as trade in health, global burden of disease, evidence based policy making, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials, the anthropology of health, and ethics.

The global public health policy masters is part of a wider programme of study in global and international health within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The programmes are directed by Professor Allyson Pollock who leads 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.

The MSc Global public health and policy is available for study for one year full-time, or two years part-time.

In the first semester, modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis. These present you with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester, you gain a more detailed understanding of areas relevant to your interests through specialist and elective modules.

Core modules

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Health, Illness and Society
  • Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Systems, Economics, and Policy
  • Dissertation

Specialist module

Option modules

  • Globalisation and Health Systems
  • Public Health, International Law and Governance
  • Human Rights and Public Health
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
  • Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice
  • Migration and Health
  • Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health
  • Global Politics of Health
  • Knowledge, Innovation and Management

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
24-48 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Blizard Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511