Why Study this Course
MSc students 2012
While average life expectancy at birth has reached 78 years for women in high-income countries, it is less than 46 years for men in sub-Saharan Africa. For millions of children in low-middle income countries, the biggest health challenge is to survive until their fifth birthday, and their chances of doing so are less than they were a decade ago. These are a result of the continuing impact of major communicable diseases - tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
The world is economically, politically, culturally, and technologically connected and interdependent. Increasingly mobile populations are seeking economic opportunity and security due to civil unrest and diminished natural resources. Some health problems are specific to the local context. However, many issues transcend geographic boundaries, as should appropriate approaches and solutions. The concept of ‘international health’ describes and addresses these realities.
The purpose of the MSc in International Health is to prepare students to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, and to respond competently to the challenges presented by permeable geographic and cultural boundaries. Students will gain competence in identifying and analysing factors that cause disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and health services, particularly for marginalised and vulnerable people. The degree will provide graduates with greater opportunities for careers in international health in globally-focussed organisations.
This course have been running for over three years, however the Nuffield Centre has been teaching for over 20 years, and has established a large alumni network of health professionals holding senior positions around the world.
Master - this course extends for 12 months and is arranged in modules with a total of 180 credits
Diploma - this course extends for nine months and is arranged in modules with a total of 120 credits
Certificate - this course extends for three months and is arranged in modules with a total of 60 credits
Geneva Field Trip
In March, students have the option of a one-week field-trip to Geneva, Switzerland. This includes workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff, a visit to the United Nations and the Red Cross offices and various NGOs. Click here for more information.
Candidates should have a good degree (1st or 2nd class) preferably in a health related discipline, or a diploma in a health related discipline with at least three years relevant experience. Given the competitive nature of this course, preference will be given to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to international health. Please see our FAQ page.
If your first language is not English you will be asked to provide evidence that you have a suitable ability in the various skills of English by providing details of a University recognised English language qualification. For further information, please see our FAQ page and details of fees.
Please find the MSc brochure here.
How to Apply
You can choose between two methods of applying.
Apply online using the taught postgraduate web application service here. This will allow you to apply online, upload your supporting documents, and track the progress of your application. We recommend this method for a quicker and more efficient application process.
Apply by post. We are still happy to process applications sent through the post.
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Contact for General Information
If you have any questions on how this course meets your study needs, please contact the Course Director, Dr Rebecca King.
For an overview of Nuffield courses and life in Leeds from a student perspective, please see Nuffield teaching DVD which is hosted by UTUBE.