Taught course

Health Systems and Public Policy

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science

Entry requirements

NNo 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

All health systems, whether in developed or developing countries, are under pressure to broaden access to health services while improving the quality and efficiency of the care they provide. This course is about designing cost-effective health systems which provide equitable access to high quality health services.

The programme benefits from the interdisciplinary approach of the Global Public Health Unit and integration with the wider university. Our students have the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge base across the health systems field, from courses on health policy, global politics and health inequalities, to economics, financial management and international development.

Graduates of this programme are well-qualified for careers in health administration, health management, consultancy, advisory or advocacy roles within international agencies, commercial sector management, research, or further study for a PhD. Our students come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, and countries at all levels of economic development.

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