Global Public Health MSc

Approach healthcare from a global perspective


The MSc Global Public Health online programme is designed for:

  • Public health practitioners
  • Social or political scientists
  • Civil servants
  • Anyone working in the health or humanitarian sectors
  • Anyone with an interest in social and political sciences.

Students will develop the competencies to work in health policy and health service delivery at local, national and international levels, and in governmental and international bodies and NGOs

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Course Details

Format: part-time and online (distance learning)

Tuition fees: £13,295 (MSc); £8,850 (PGDip); £4,450 (PGCert). Payment by instalment and funding options available.

Course duration: two years (MSc); 15 months (PGDip); one year (PGCert)

Annual start dates: May, September

Next start date: 18th September 2023

Application deadline: 8 September 2023 (we recommend applying as early as possible to secure your place)

Time commitment:  approximately 25 hours per week

Why this course?

With a focus on the social determinants of health, governance in global health, and climate change, this MSc in Global Public Health (Online) will deepen your understanding of global health issues and help you become an astute health professional with a global perspective.

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.


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. Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 16 months 8 taught modules, 15 credits each. To graduate you must have accrued 120 credits. Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 8 months 4 taught modules, 15 credits each. To graduate you must have accrued 60 credits. Module details: This postgraduate programme is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of how addressing the social determinants for health improvements and inequalities plays an essential role in the work of public health specialists. The modules below will not only provide you with valuable knowledge of the social, political, economic, and ecological determinants of health, but the skills needed to conduct health policy analysis as well.
Module 1 - Health Inequalities and the State of Global Health

An introduction to the broad topic of global health.

Module 2 - Understanding Epidemiology and Statistics

Develop skills in critical appraisal, interpreting the results of commonly used statistical techniques and routine morbidity and mortality measures.

Module 3 - Health Systems Policy and Performance

An introduction to various conceptual and theoretical understandings of ‘health systems’ within a social, economic, historical and global context.

Module 4 - Critical Health Economics

An introduction to core theories and concepts of economics and their applications in health policy.

Module 5 - Global Health Policy and Governance

An introduction to the disciplines of international relations, politics, jurisprudence, globalisation, and global governance as they relate to global health.

Module 6 - Planetary Health

An introduction to various analytical perspectives on environmental change on a local, regional, and global basis and how these relate to human health and planetary health.

Module 7 - Disease Management: Policy and Practice

Build links between an appreciation of the clinical features of diseases and their implications for the design of programmes and plans.

Module 8 - Research, Evidence and Policy

An introduction to the philosophy of science and debates about the nature of data and evidence from a public policy and practical/applied public health perspective.

Module 9 - Dissertation

An advanced, in depth examination of a particular area of global public health. Your chosen topic should relate to a relevant issue within the academic field.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

How you will learn
Your time is valuable. Our 100% online courses are designed to fit around your existing lifestyle. Part-time and flexible enough to continue working, you can further your education and enhance your prospects without sacrificing your current commitments.
Your virtual learning environment
Lectures are delivered in Canvas, our virtual learning environment, using a combination of video, podcasts and online presentations, with clear links to further resources and downloadable materials, available on-demand.
Your interactive learning experience
Discussion forums will encourage you to interact with your peers, sharing opinions and debating current topics and issues in your field. You will also have the chance to engage with members of the academic team during regular webinars. All of the programme material will be made available for you to access whenever you need. Our rigorous online courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to move forward in your career. All our online modules are developed by Queen Mary academics and our approach ensures a learning experience equal in quality to our campus programmes. Find out more on our student support page.
Face-to-face events
Your course will be delivered completely online, however, you will get the chance to meet your coursemates, academic team, and guest speakers in real life at our optional face-to-face conferences and workshops.
Academic Team
As a member of the Russell Group, Queen Mary is committed to the highest quality teaching and research.
Resources and Services
Our online students enjoy the same status as those who attend Queen Mary on campus. You will have access to our extensive online resources and if you are able, are welcome to attend any of the extra-curricular events run by various research centres to complement your studies. In addition, you will benefit from dedicated tutor support, enhanced online material, and a range of interactive features. There will be lively online discussions with your peers and webinars led by members of the academic staff, all accessible in a time that suits you. You’ll also be able to turn to our helpful Student Adviser team once you enrol. They will help you with any non-academic questions and to ensure your experience with Queen Mary is positive and stress-free.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group of leading universities. Studying online with us gives you access to the highest quality of teaching and research, empowering you to achieve lifelong career success and make a positive impact in your field.

What career-relevant skills will I develop?

To advance global health, we need experts who can work across disciplines. This MSc provides the breadth of knowledge you need to look at global health through different lenses.

The course will help you connect with work that has social justice at its heart and you will be encouraged to develop your own passion for different aspects of global public health.

You will gain the confidence to critically appraise literature on global health issues and the ability to quickly identify a flaw in an argument or a gap in information, an important skill in any workplace.

You will also develop your ability to summarise complex information and present it in an accessible way to stakeholders who may be unfamiliar with the topic.

What additional career support is available?

As an online student, you’ll have access to QM Careers and Enterprise throughout your studies and for up to two years after you graduate. The service offers information and guidance on a wide range of topics, from choosing a career to finding work experience and starting your own business.

Graduates of our online MSc have gone on to work in roles such as:

-Global New Product Director, Novartis
-Head of International Programs, SolidarMed
-Patient Safety Physician, AstraZeneca
-Recruitment and Research Coordinator, Imperial College Health Partners
-Rehabilitation Team Leader, Amana Healthcare
-Research Fellow, University of Verona
-Technical Officer, Governing Bodies, World Health Organisation.

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

The entry requirement for the Global Public Health MSc (Online) is a 2.1 honours degree or international equivalent in any subject.

A 2:2 honours degree (or the international equivalent) in a related subject or any degree which has a quantitative element will be considered on an individual basis. Alternatively, a degree in any subject and with at least five years’ relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

If your first language is not English, you should also have one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE Academic: 68 overall including 68 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Taking your English language requirement test at home

The following tests are also being accepted for September 2023 entry:

  • HOME TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • IELTS Indicator Test or IELTS Online Test: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • PTE Academic Online: 68 overall including 68 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our course adviser team for advice.


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