Taught course

International Primary Health Care

Queen Mary, University of London · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

Qualifications: You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.4 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. Language requirements: IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 610, IBTOEFL 100, PTE academic 68 Previous experience: at least one year in a primary care setting Other: Strong personal statement

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc is part of a wider programme of study in global and international health to commence in September 2012. Students across several MSc programmes will study a common set of core modules before specialising in primary health care. Underpinned by a commitment to principles of social justice and fairness, these programmes will provide students with an understanding of the significance of the current global challenges for health care and public health, and will offer a multidisciplinary focus on global public health and primary care in a time of increasing health inequalities.

Queen Mary has assembled for this initiative an experienced team from across the University, led by professors who have previously established and run successful and highly prestigious programmes both online and on campus.

The vision of the MSc International Primary Health Care 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. There is no clinical component to this MSc, though students will be encouraged to apply any particular clinical interest.

Who is this course for?

Students will be established primary care practitioners who will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their varied practice settings around the world.

Possible career routes

Students who studied the previous MSc programme run by our team have gone on to become researchers, trainers, teachers and change agents in a wide range of primary care settings throughout the world.

Programme outline
In the first semester modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis. These present students with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester students gain a more detailed understanding of areas relevant to their programmes and 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
Specialist module

Primary Health Care: Theory and Practice
Elective modules

Patients, Quality, and Safety
Patients, Families, and Systems
Advanced Social Determinants of Health
Health Systems Reform and Planning
Globalisation and the Political Economy of Health
Trade, Aid, and Health
Human Rights and Public Health
Managing Innovation and Change in Health Systems: Policy and Practice
Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals, and Health Care
Migration and Health
Contemporary Medical Ethics
15,000 word dissertation

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr James Lancaster
+44 (0)20 7882 7212