About this course
This master's in global health is ideal preparation for a career as a global public health analyst. You'll develop both academic and vocational skills in to make a difference, exploring the relationships between global public health, climate change, urbanisation and armed conflict. We have a particular specialism in the analysis of population patterns and demographic processes.
We are in the world top 50 for Statistics and Operational Research (QS subject rankings 2019)
This MSc global health course focuses on work-related learning; you’ll work in multi-disciplinary teams and practise real-world tasks. Graduates of this course have gone on to work for the government and public bodies both in the UK and abroad, including:
- Public Health England
- local government
- ministries of health
national and international non-government organisations
You’ll learn to develop and evaluate public health programmes and conduct epidemiological studies. The specialist areas you’ll be able to explore include:
- critical issues in global public health
- analysing trends and differentials in global health
- communicable disease control
- health economics in public health
Through your dissertation, you can personalise this course to your interests. In previous years students have analysed problems using national data sets such as the Demographic Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.
Public health is an interdisciplinary profession, and this is reflected in your learning. Your lecturers are academics who are actively involved in research or are working in the sector. They’re experts from across the University, in Public Health, Demography and Social Science.
We also offer 4 other pathways on our Public Health Master's. If you decide that you’d like to change to a different public health specialism within the first 2 weeks of the semester you’ll be able to change your degree.
Your other Public Health MSc pathway options are:
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This global health 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.
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
- a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) - you'll usually study for around 15 weeks and will not need to write a dissertation
- a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for around 30 weeks and will not need to write a dissertation
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Professor Nuala McGrath is Professor of Epidemiology and Sexual Health and NIHR Global Health Professor.
Nuala received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (University of Exeter, UK); a Masters in Biometry (University of Reading, UK); and a Doctorate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Harvard School of Public Health, USA).
Nuala’s work is characterised by two main areas of research; HIV testing, prevention and treatment, and Sexual and reproductive health and relationship dynamics.
She currently serves as a member of the FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research Fellowships) Interview Committee. She is also a Commissioner for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK.
For more information view Nuala’s staff profile
This course is accredited by:
“Our personal tutors and lecturers take a personal interest in us and provide support whenever it is needed. The facilities and teaching at Southampton are excellent.”
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
For this master's in global public health, you’ll need at least a 2:2 degree in a health sciences, biomedical or medical subject.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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Your studies will run for a full year, from September through to the following September.
If you’d like to take longer to complete this master’s you can study part-time over 2 to 5 years.
On this full-time course, you’ll study several taught modules over the first 8 months. In the final 4 months you’ll complete your dissertation.
The structure of the Global Public Health MSc is:
- 7 core modules addressing global public health
- an optional module that will allow you to specialise further
- a dissertation, which may be a professional, work-related project or a research project
Each 5 ECTS module is up to 100 hours of learning, and each 10 ECTS module represents up to 200 hours of learning.
You should expect to spend about 16 to 20 hours on campus every week.
Between your on-site learning, you’ll take part in online discussions and seminars to support your independent learning; these take place through our online learning environment. Our academic team will support you throughout these sessions.
What you'll study:
The core modules will give you a strong grounding in global public health, covering everything you’ll need to start a career as a public health practitioner, an academic researcher, or a public health analyst.
- developing, planning and evaluating public health programmes/projects
- initiating health behaviour change using social marketing and media, community engagement and advocacy
- conducting epidemiological studies, looking at elements such as chance, bias, risk estimation and hypothesis testing
- when and how to apply quantitative analytical techniques and how to use SPSS statistics
- methods of data collection and analytical techniques used when conducting qualitative research
You’ll be able to specialise even further with your choice of optional modules from the following:
- communicable disease control
- population and reproductive health
- understanding population change
- health economics for public health
Your dissertation gives you the chance to pursue your interests in your choice of topic. Previous dissertation topics have included:
- Determinants of domestic violence in Kenya
- High altitude exposure and stroke: An ecological analysis of stroke in Ecuador
- Pneumococcal Serotype Prevalence in ASEAN Countries
- Patient glycemic control outside of the health system in sub-Saharan Africa
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
The modules listed below currently include all modules, for all Public Health pathways. Your module choices, and what you must study, will vary on the Global Health pathway.
Download the programme specification in the about this course section for full details.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
There's a strong focus on interactive learning in this global health degree, bringing together theory and practice. We’ll help you to develop a reflective and problem-solving approach to your practice.
You'll work closely with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and will learn from sharing diverse experience.
Your exact learning activities will depend on the modules you take. As well as lectures and tutorials highlights may include:
- patient case studies
- problem-solving exercises
- interpretation of data
- computer demonstrations
You’ll be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent learning.
Again your assessment will depend on the modules that you take, but assessment methods may include:
- position papers
- needs assessments
- reports and briefings
- team debates
- gap analysis
- written exams
- research proposals
Your dissertation can be either a research or a professional project. You’ll need to complete a 6,600-word report and present a summary to an audience.
You'll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
When writing your dissertation you’ll be supported by a primary supervisor on a one-to-one basis.
“The MSc Public Health equipped me with the skills I needed to successfully gain employment and flourish in roles with a local authority public health team.” Rachel Brown, MSc Public Health
This master’s in global public health is very applied. Learning reflects real-world multi-disciplinary teams and we assess you through practical tasks. This will prepare you well for a career where you can influence local, national and international policy making.
Graduates go on to work as global health analysts and practitioners in a number of different public health settings, including:
- non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
- local and national government departments
- health and social care
- market research
Previous graduates have gone on to work for the Medical Research Council, Health Education England, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Portsmouth City Council and charities such as Action against Hunger.
Possible job roles include:
- public health policy analyst
- programme manager
- field consultant
- health educator
Some graduates go on to take a PhD and some are working for themselves as independent consultants or educators.
You’ll also gain transferable skills that will improve your employability in whichever career you choose, including:
- how to conduct research projects
- collaboration, negotiation and influencing skills
- effective communication using a range of methods
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarship
You are eligible for this scholarship if you:
are an international student who hasn’t taken a master's with us before
are enrolling to start a master's in September 2020
gained a 1st class honours degree at undergraduate level
If you meet these criteria you’ll be awarded an automatic £3,000 scholarship. This will mean a £3,000 reduction in your tuition fees. We’ll confirm your scholarship in your offer letter.
Unfortunately this offer isn’t open to UK / EU students.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
Single module (CPD) applications
To apply for a single module (CPD), you'll need to fill in a physical application form that you can download from our continuing professional development pages.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- evidence of professional qualifications
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000