Taught course

Global Health and Management

University of Aberdeen · College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

A degree (equivalent to a British upper second-class honours degree) or equivalent qualification in any discipline.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The aim of the taught curricular is to provide skills in interpreting evidence into practice. This programme is for health professionals who wish to conduct research in an international context, get involved in health policy or planning and work in the health management sector. The research project provides a particular focus on systematic reviewing.

International Health PU5502 (20 credits)

This course provides students with a background in key international health issues, including the Millennium Development Goals, the organisation of different health care systems, migration and different epidemiological patterns in developing and developed countries.

Leading International Health Care BU5545 (20 credits)

This course takes an international perspective to healthcare as a developing business sector, considering management and leadership issues of key healthcare systems of developed countries and associated health-related industries. International issues of healthcare systems will be included such as consumerism, public participation, managing technologies and pharmaceuticals.

Using Evidence in Practice NU5513 (20 credits)

Exploring the basis for practice, finding the evidence, appraising the evidence, using evidence in practice the role of the individual, strategies to increase the use of evidence in practice and changing practice.

Overview of Course Content

The first session provides courses on International Health; Using Evidence in Practice and Leading International Health Care, setting the scene for critical thought and the global setting.

This is followed by the Systematic review which comprises 90 SCOTCAT credits and will be conducted on a full-time basis from June to August and part-time from September to December. Students will attend workshops on the methodology to be utilised. During the second half-session from September - December, students will complete thePublic Health; Epidemiology and Managing for Health courses while completing their systematic review.

Epidemiology PU5009 (10 credits)

The course teaches basic principles and interpretation skills, and explores the meaning and significance of demographic and epidemiological data. From an epidemiological perspective, the course will examine measures of the health status of populations, including rates and measures of association and risk.

Managing for Health PU5004 (10 credits)

This course provides students with an understanding of the changing role of management within the NHS and the growing emphasis on evidence-based health care. Core managerial concepts are introduced and their application to the specific environment of the NHS is highlighted.

Public Health PU5006b (10 credits)

This course opens discussion about the nature and purpose of a public health approach to morbidity and health care. The course introduces students to major public health issues such as communicable disease control and environmental health, diet and heart-disease. An important thread is the relationship of poverty to ill health, the role of interventions such as health promotion in trying to enable people to become healthier and the role of NGOs.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School
+44 (0)1224 437096