Taught course

Global Health Policy (Online Distance Learning)

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, interpreted broadly to cover social and health sciences. Applicants with a degree in the humanities or physical sciences may be accepted, subject to appraisal by the programme director. We especially welcome applicants from a professional background with experience in public health or policy roles.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate situates health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context, examining the extent to which health and its determinants are shaped by social, economic and political processes and the impacts on health policy of multiple actors.

The programme takes a multidisciplinary approach to examining global health policy, and will appeal to students from both health and social science backgrounds. It has relevance for those interested in pursuing or developing a career in a health-related agency, public sector or non-governmental organisation.

The PG Certificate comprises three courses:

  • Public Health and Health Policy
  • Global Health Governance
  • Health Inequities and the Social Determinants of Health

The Certificate will provide you with:

  • Analytical and conceptual skills in health policy analysis
  • A critical understanding of health and its determinants from a population-based perspective
  • Critical awareness of role of state, commercial sector, civil society and international organisations in health policy and global governance
  • Understanding of the challenges confronting policy makers in addressing health and reducing health inequalities.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
9-21 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 5074