Public Health studies now reach beyond local and national dimensions, people and communities across the world require global solutions. The MSc Global Public Health course follows the tagline ‘think global, act local’ and responds to the UK public health agenda within the global public health context. As a student on this programme, you will join students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds to take an interdisciplinary approach to studying global public health, which will inform your knowledge and understanding about complex factors operating at local, national and international levels affecting the health and wellbeing of the population locally and globally. The course will provide you with:
- comprehensive knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective global health practitioner to pursue your career in public health practice and research at local, national and international levels;
- the support to develop competencies to work in global public health and health service delivery within the NHS, local government, private and charity organisations, international development sector, academia and the wider health and wellbeing economy;
- opportunities to engage with national and international stakeholders within the school and beyond through academic input, knowledge exchange, implementation and research activities;
- the support to explore and find opportunities for paid or unpaid work, which could be aligned with the work-based learning module on the programme;
- an interdisciplinary learning environment by bringing together graduates from other disciplines and experts from different fields of study and practice;
- opportunities for flexible learning through full-time or part-time study, morning and/or afternoon taught sessions, and face-to-face and blended learning approach;
The content of the course is informed by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the future requirements of the United Kingdom workforce, as outlined in the Department of Health’s draft Workforce Strategy for the Health and Care Workforce (HEE, 2017) and the Review of the Public Health Workforce (PHE, 2017). The World Health Organisation (WHO) has grouped these health-related indicators into the following seven thematic areas:
- reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
- infectious diseases
- noncommunicable diseases and mental health
- injuries and violence
- universal health coverage and health systems
- environmental risks
- health risks and disease outbreaks.
Many of these public health challenges faced today are global public health problems, requiring global solutions. To achieve these global solutions, it is important to understand the local health determinants or public health challenges in the context of an interconnected global world. This programme will engage with international and national priorities for people’s health and wellbeing highlighted by the World Health Organization, the UK Department of Health and Social Care and others, which are the key drivers behind the UK and global public health workforce strategies. This programme will support you to develop the competencies to work in health policy and health service delivery at local, national and international levels, and within NHS, local government, NGOs, charity organisations, the international development sector, academic institutions and wider health and wellbeing economy.
The central aspects of the course include creating an environment for interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning through embedding research and scholarship within the programme, enhancing engagement with public health and wider health industry stakeholders and integrating the development of employability skills throughout the course. The course will use traditional face-to-face learning and combine it with an innovative blended learning approach which will have potential to support you for flexible learning.