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Global Health (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Discover the issues driving the world's population health and wellbeing on our MSc Global Health degree. Learn to tackle the risks posed by global issues such as infectious disease, rising obesity and climate change.

You'll cover socio-behavioural, demographic, spatial, economic, political, environmental and healthcare perspectives.

Explore the global risks of disease and changing population structures. Understand the trends behind inequality, globalisation, migration and urbanisation.

You’ll learn:

  • the concepts and dimensions of global health
  • the issues underpinning health outcomes and inequalities between countries and population sub-groups
  • how to analyse and solve complex global health problems
  • how to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to problem-solving

You’ll also develop:

  • quantitative skills in global health research
  • key transferable skills, including independent research, report writing, data analysis, and teamwork
  • ways to develop your professional career in global health and related fields

The modules you study may be taught by academics from specialisms including social sciences, medicine, the environment, and life sciences.

Students on this master's degree come from a range of backgrounds, in the UK and overseas. This makes for a diverse learning environment where you can connect with peers from all over the world.

This degree is available to take as an intercalation degree for undergraduate medical students. Intercalation means that you'll take a year out of your undergraduate medicine degree to gain this extra award.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Sarah Neal. Her research interests include maternal and child health, inequities in health, and health in conflict affected areas. Sarah has close links with the World Health Organization (WHO) Reproductive Health team and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Visit Dr Neal’s profile page to learn more about her work.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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