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 deals with the management, planning and policy issues for public health services in countries with developing health systems. It will help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for building new health services and improving existing health systems.
You’ll learn to:
- take a proactive role in problem-solving, critically reviewing evidence and arriving at informed decisions
- communicate, plan and manage tasks independently and as part of a team
- evaluate different strategies for disease control in order to select the most effective and feasible programmes
- review policies, situations and issues in the field of health management, planning and policy-making, with particular reference to strengthening health policy for government and NGO sectors.
The programme also helps you to develop analytical thinking, independent learning and an awareness of continuing professional development opportunities.
You’ll study in 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.
You can also study this subject at Master of Public Health – HMPP (18 months with a research project); Postgraduate Diploma (9 months) or Postgraduate Certificate level (3 months).
The 12-month variant concludes with a 10,000-word dissertation which you write in your final semester which gives you spaces for in-depth examination of an area of health management, planning and policy that is relevant to your work or career plans. The 18-month variant replaces the dissertation with an independent research project in which you will design and carry out a study, involving primary data collection, to investigate a public health management issue in your workplace, or an organisation 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.
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
For applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components or equivalent is required.
Fees and funding
For information about subject specific funding opportunities for courses in the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development please visit http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/692/study/1125/funders.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions Office
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