With social, political, economic and ecological factors all having a direct impact on public health, it’s imperative for health professionals to see the global picture of how these determinants are affecting people’s health in their daily lives, and to learn from their international counterparts.
Today, there’s a greater awareness than ever among academia, governments and the general public alike regarding unfair and avoidable health inequalities, and the failure of health systems in reducing health disparities. To be able to successfully address global public health issues, we need to continue to raise awareness of these issues among a wide range of people in society. This starts with providing these people with the opportunity to learn about and thoroughly understand these issues.
I think this course has given me more of a critical eye. If I see any headlines on international news regarding things like inequality, human rights or health inequalities, I'll take more notice and realise not to take everything that comes from the media at face value.
The biggest challenges are also the biggest opportunities for me. I'm learning loads of new things that I haven't considered before. For example, I’ve never written an academic blog, so it's a challenge, but it's also exciting because if it goes well, I will have done something I've never done before. So, I think it's the unknown and the different things that you're asked to do that makes it an enriching experience.
Ilse Van Roy, not-for-profit sector, Global Public Health MSc
You will need discipline and motivation to combine study with your work and life. This applies especially to the Global Public Health MSc. Having to study around 25 hours a week will enable you to complete this postgraduate course within 2 years, unlike similar courses on offer that take up to 5 years. The course’s structure and academic rigour help keep you motivated and on track for success. You will get plenty of support while you study, with weekly webinars and one-to-one Skype access to tutors.
To be eligible to apply for QMUL Online’s MSc Global Public Health course, you’ll need:
A 2.1 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences If you’ve studied a less directly-related subject at undergraduate level but can demonstrate a genuine interest in and motivation for studying global public health, we may also consider your application.
If your first language is not English, you should also have one of the following:
Taking your English language requirement test at home
The MSc Global Public Health is a 2-year course that you can study completely online.
During that time you will undertake eight taught modules and a dissertation. For each module you will be awarded 15 credits and you will receive a further 60 credits for your dissertation. To graduate you must have accrued the full 180 credits, which involves completing every aspect of the modules and passing all relevant assignments.
Each module contains 6 weeks of academic content, followed by a reading week. Each module block has 2 assessments. Besides the reading weeks you'll have breaks every 2 modules of varying durations.
The 6 week modules offer a wide variety of different subjects, enabling you to cover a broad range of interesting areas in sizeable portions.