Taught course

Health Inequalities and Public Policy

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science

Entry requirements

No specific academic or professional background is required but applicants should have at least a second-class honours degree or equivalent in social science, science, medicine, nursing or other related discipline. Eligibility from beyond the UK will be based on the National Academic Recognition Information Centre scheme. Applications are also welcomed on the basis of appropriate professional experience or technical qualifications. Applicants who are non-graduates will be required to write an essay and to demonstrate recent professional study or research involvement or publications.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme considers the diverse range of influences that contribute to individual and population health and examines the extent of inequalities in health status within and between different groups. It also critically examines current understandings of the causes of health inequalities and considers their implications for public-policy interventions.

The programme makes use of analysis of the distribution of power and wealth in society. It evaluates public policies that address the social determinants of population health, examines the work of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and analyses its conceptual framework and policy agenda.

Fees and funding

Visit our Scholarships and Student Finance Office at http://www.scholarships.ed.ac.uk/ for information about funding opportunities.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 3064