A medical degree or bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a related discipline (eg medicine, health, science, social sciences, management or administration).
All applicants must have a minimum of two years’ work experience in a health service or developing health system in a low-middle income country.
In exceptional cases, we may accept extensive work experience in health services or health systems for applicants who do not fully meet the stated academic requirements.
Months of entry
This programme provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of populations and how to effectively intervene to strengthen health systems and improve health in an international context.
You’ll learn to:
- analyse issues in health policy and health services using epidemiological and statistical tools to critically review evidence
- develop the essential skills to improve existing (and build new) health services programmes and management systems
- evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
- discuss ethical issues, and adopt and justify an appropriate ethical stance.
You’ll benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.
The programme is delivered by Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.
The 12-month variant concludes with a 10,000 word dissertation that you write in your final semester which gives you space for in-depth examination of an area of public health that is relevant to your work and career plans. The 18-month variant replaces the dissertation with a research project in which you will design and carry out a study involving primary data collection to investigate a public health issue in your workplace or organization of your choice. Please contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team if you need further advice on which programme would be best for you.
You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health (International) (18 months with a research project); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (3 months).
On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations (UN) Office at Geneva, UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), GAVI Alliance and the Geneva Global Health Hub.
Information for international students
This course requries an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Fees and funding
For information about subject specific funding opportunities for courses in the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development please visit the webpage.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
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