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Global Public Health MSc

COVID-19 - Queen Mary University of London's Global Public Health experts in the news

David McCoy, co-chair of CHPI and Professor of Global Public Health at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary, has written a number of articles on COVID-19.
David McCoy, Dr Guiliano Russo, Lecturer in Global Health at Queen Mary, and Gerald Bloom, Research Fellow, discuss reducing the impact of COVID-19 in Africa:
David McCoy, David Rowland (CHPI's Director) and Vivek Kotecha (CHPI's Research Manager) discuss the response from the NHS:
In this video, Dr. Jonathan Kennedy (Senior Lecturer in Global Public Health at Queen Mary) discusses the response of the UK Government to the Coronavirus pandemic and what lessons can be learned from other nations, such as China and Italy.

Global Public Health MSc overview

With a focus on the social determinants of health, governance in global health, and climate change, this MSc in Global Public Health will deepen your understanding of global health issues and help you become an astute health professional with a global perspective.
  • Award and programme title: MSc Global Public Health (also available at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level)
  • Duration: 2 years (MSc), 16 months (PGDip), 8 months (PGCert)
  • Level: 7
  • Mode of study: Online
  • Average study time: 25 hours per week

Why study Global Public Health with Queen Mary Online?


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.

I think this course has given me more of a critical eye. If I see any headlines on international news regarding things like inequality, human rights or health inequalities, I'll take more notice and realise not to take everything that comes from the media at face value.
Carmen Holmberg, NHS UK, Global Public Health MSc

Who is this course for?

The MSc Global Public Health 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.

Hear from current student Elisabetta Mezzalira about her experience on the course: 


Who will be teaching the course?

The MSc in Global Public Health is part of a wider programme of study within the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, directed by a multidisciplinary team of academics from the Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS). 

The goal of the IPHS is to improve the health of local, national and global populations by undertaking world-class research and training. 

The work of IPHS is focused around four areas of expertise:

  • Primary Care and Mental Health
  • Global Public Health
  • Women's Health
  • Clinical Trials and Methodology

How much time will you need?

You will have to study around 25 hours per week. You are embarking on a serious and rigorous academic challenge, especially if you have to combine the study with a full-time job, family and social life.

The course content is also available on an app, so you can study, read and post on forums on a phone or tablet while you’re commuting. You're not stuck to using a computer at home.

With other distance learning courses, you're provided all the learning materials at the start of the year and study at your own pace. However, this approach to learning means it can take up to 5 years to complete your degree.

While this course demands around 25 hours of study per week, with the right time management skills, motivation and discipline you will be able to complete your masters in 2 years. Our course offers a time-bound structure, enabling you to engage and focus on a weekly basis.

This module is favoured and recommended by most of our students. Not only because of the close and enjoyable community Queen Mary Online offers, including lively real-time discussions, but also because it enables you to complete the course in 2 years. 

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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


  • Health Inequalities and the State of Global Health  – an introduction to the broad topic of global health
  • Understanding Epidemiology and Statistics – develop skills in critical appraisal, interpreting the results of commonly used statistical techniques and routine morbidity and mortality measures
  • Health Systems Policy and Performance – an introduction to various conceptual and theoretical understandings of ‘health systems’ within a social, economic, historical and global context
  • Critical Health Economics – an introduction to core theories and concepts of economics and their applications in health policy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dissertation - Independent research. 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.

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Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for QMUL Online’s MSc Global Public Health course, you’ll need:

  • A 2.1 honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences

If you’ve studied a less directly-related subject at undergraduate level but can demonstrate a genuine interest in and motivation for studying global public health, we may also consider your application. 

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 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. 


Taking your English language requirement test at home

For 2020 start dates only, the following tests are also being accepted:

  • HOME TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking.
  • Duolingo English Test: 125+/160 

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If you would like to apply but are unsure whether you are qualified, please contact our course advisers.

International applicants

At Queen Mary, we are proud of our global community and have a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of our international graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers. 

For any questions about the English language requirements or about entry qualifications specific to your country, contact our course advisers.

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Tuition fees

Masters: £12,500 (2 years, including dissertation)

Postgraduate Diploma: £8,400 (16 months, no dissertation required)

Postgraduate Certificate: £4,200 (8 months, 4 modules)

We realise that this is a considerable financial investment on your part. To help you, we have a number of payment options. Details of these can be found by visiting our fees and funding page.

As a QMUL Online MSc Global Public Health student, you may also be eligible to receive a postgraduate loan

Need more information?

You can apply for the Global Public Health MSc via one of the two methods explained below.

Option 1 – apply via our agent
We have a dedicated agent (Samantha) who will support you with your application. Please email Samantha (Sigbinidu@online.qmul.ac.uk), attaching all the following documents:
  • Completed and hand-signed Consent and Additional Info Form (Word doc download);
  • Colour scanned copies of your academic certificates and transcripts for all university level qualifications. If these documents are in another language, please provided the originals and the official translated copies; 
  • Your statement of purpose. One page in a Word doc detailing your motivation to study, your professional achievements and career goals. We recommend that you refer to specific modules on the course that you are looking forward to studying and why you want to study with Queen Mary;
  • An up-to-date CV; 
  • Two reference letters to support your application. Letters must be [1] on headed paper, [2] be signed, [3] highlight your relationship with the referee, [4] provide a summary of your character and achievements [5] state that they recommend you for the programme with Queen Mary University of London. You should provide details of an academic referee if you are currently studying, or if you have graduated within the last five years. Professional references may be considered if you have graduated more than five years ago. References from a personal email address such as 'Yahoo' or 'Hotmail' are not acceptable.
Once you have sent all the required the documents to Samantha, she will act as your agent and submit the application on your behalf. 
Option 2 – apply using the online application form
Please attach the following documents to the online application form:
  • Colour scanned copies of your academic certificates and transcripts for all university level qualifications. If these documents are in another language, please provided the originals and the official translated copies; 
  • Your statement of purpose. One page in a Word doc detailing your motivation to study, your professional achievements and career goals. We recommend that you refer to specific modules on the course that you are looking forward to studying and why you want to study with Queen Mary;       
  • An up-to-date CV;     
  • Two reference letters to support your application. Letters must be [1] on headed paper, [2] be signed, [3] highlight your relationship with the referee, [4] provide a summary of your character and achievements [5] state that they recommend you for the programme with Queen Mary University of London. You should provide details of an academic referee if you are currently studying, or if you have graduated within the last five years. Professional references may be considered if you have graduated more than five years ago. References from a personal email address such as 'Yahoo' or 'Hotmail' are not acceptable.
What happens next?
Once you or the agent has submitted your application, our admissions selectors aim to review this within two weeks (provided we have received all the required documents).
Good luck with your application!

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Each course module will be assessed individually according to the module’s learning objectives.  

Assessment methods will include:

  • Examinations (essays or short-answer questions)
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • A 10,000-word dissertation (MSc only)



The biggest challenges are also the biggest opportunities for me. I'm learning loads of new things that I haven't considered before. For example, I’ve never written an academic blog, so it's a challenge, but it's also exciting because if it goes well, I will have done something I've never done before. So, I think it's the unknown and the different things that you're asked to do that makes it an enriching experience.
Ilse Van Roy, not-for-profit sector, Global Public Health MSc


You will need discipline and motivation to combine study with your work and life. This applies especially to the Global Public Health MSc. Having to study around 25 hours a week will enable you to complete this postgraduate course within 2 years, unlike similar courses on offer that take up to 5 years. The course’s structure and academic rigour help keep you motivated and on track for success. You will get plenty of support while you study, with weekly webinars and one-to-one Skype access to tutors.

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Professor David McCoy

David McCoy is a Professor of Global Public Health at QMUL’s Centre for Global Health. He leads a unit that delivers a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate global health programmes, and conducts critical public health research.

David is a medical doctor from Southampton University and spent six years working as a clinician, initially in the UK and then in South Africa. 

Following that, he entered a career in public health, starting off as a research fellow at the Child Health Unit of the University of Cape Town. He then spent six years working for the Health Systems Trust, an NGO established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system, where he was Director of Research and Technical Support for several years.

After ten years in South Africa David returned to the UK, where he completed his formal training in public health medicine. He has since worked across the NGO sector, academia and the NHS (including a period as a Director of Public Health in London).

David has an M.Phil in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

David is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. He is a member of the Steering Council of the Peoples Health Movement, and was the founding managing editor of Global Health Watch, the alternative world health report.  

David is a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation.

Read his full staff profile here

Dr Jennifer Randall


Jennifer Randall is a medical anthropologist and a passionate, award-winning educator with teaching experience in the USA, UK and China.


Her teaching practice is informed by critical pedagogy (e.g. Freire and hooks) and she has guided hundreds of students on a journey of holistic critique that led to powerful transformations in people’s perspectives on global health and their individual power to engage in social change.


Her teaching expertise includes drug policy reform; participatory action research; mental disability and human rights; childbirth, infant feeding and parenting; and neglected tropical diseases.

Dr Kevin Deane


Kevin is a lecturer in Global Public Health in the Centre for Global Health, Institute of Population Health Sciences. He joined Queen Mary from the University of Northampton where he was Senior Lecturer in International Development from August 2013 to May 2018. He has a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London, and a MSc in Development Economics. 

His research interests focus on the social determinants and political economy of health, primarily with an application to the HIV epidemic in Eastern and Southern Africa. He also has an interest in qualitative research methods and teaching political economy.

He has significant undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Julia Morgan


Julia is a lecturer in Global Public Health. She has a Masters in Public Health (Global Health) from Manchester University, an MA in International Development Management from the Open University, an MSc in Social Research Methods from London School of Economics and a PhD in child development and wellbeing from the London School of Economics.  Her first degree was in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics.


Julia originally trained as a health professional and worked for ten years in various NHS hospitals around the country. She's taught on a Masters in Public Health (MPH) for the past 10 years and has worked as a researcher on a child development study, worked for The Children's Society, for Sure Start and for the family support charity Home-Start.  She's designed a number of epidemiology Masters level modules.  


More recently, Julia has worked with children who live or work on the street  in  Mongolia, Southern Africa and in Romania. Her area of expertise is global childhoods, children and families, global health, inequalities, gender, humanitarianism and international development.

Dr Jonathan Filippon


Jonathan is a Registered Nurse who graduated at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Jonathan holds a MSc by the University of Sao Paulo (USP/Brazil) and a PhD in Public Health at Queen Mary & University of London which focused on access to health and healthcare services. He has worked in clinical settings in South America and in the UK, mostly with public health services management, mental health and primary care.

His research spams from humanisation of healthcare, mental health, health services and health inequalities with a specific interest in mixed methods research and collaborative thinking between different streams of knowledge like social sciences, anthropology and political science.

Stefi Barna

Stefi is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Sustainability at Azim Premji University, in Bangalore, India. She also coordinates the Sustainable Healthcare Network which produces teaching materials on planetary health for medical and nursing schools.

Her academic background is in medical history (UC Berkeley) and international public health (UCLA). She previously directed public health teaching at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK and co-designed the Medical Peace Work Partnership's online course on structural violence and health.  

Dr Damilola Omodara 

Damilola is a lecturer in Global Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. He has a background in Public Health and Sociology and a particular interest in Global Health governance and policy, community health, health disparities and behavioural health.

He's also interested in the social and structural determinants of health and how social, behavioural and political theories are used in practice in areas of delivery designing, implementation and evaluation of health policies and health interventions.

More information about Dr Omodara's research interests and expertise can be found on the Queen Mary website.

Andrew Harmer

Andrew is a lecturer in Global Health Policy in the Global Health and Innovation Unit, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. He co-coordinates the BSc Global Health, with specific responsibility for Yr 3 students.

He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton, and has taught at the University of Edinburgh, Bocconi University (Milan), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Andrew has led and coordinated a number of consultancy projects for leading development organisations on subjects including maternal and child health, health systems strengthening, and global health partnerships. He's published in leading global health journals, most recently on the BRICS economies and global health.

Sian Eleri Jones

Sian completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at UCL and went on to complete an MA in Education, Health Promotion, and International Development at UCL IOE. She most recently left the University of East London where she worked as a senior lecturer in Public Health and Health promotion, leading modules and projects on community engagement, structural violence, and the politics and practice of empowerment.

Her research interests focus on critical pedagogies, children and youth as active contributors of the social, and domains of wellbeing particularly a person’s sense of efficacy and agency; She uses anthropological and participatory methodologies to explore questions of power, powerlessness, and empowerment. Her most recent work explored the value of education for well-becoming, from the perspectives of young people themselves, within an emerging Public Private Partnership filling the much needed gap of secondary education in Pune, India.

Maria Blandina (a.k.a. Dian)

Dian is an Indonesian General Practitioner who graduated from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, then with a double bachelor’s degree in medical sciences from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She then continued her studies at the Queen Mary University of London and earned an MSc in health systems and global policy.

She has worked as a clinician at both public and private health care facilities in rural and urban areas in Indonesia and volunteered in disaster emergency relief programs. She has interests in the political economy of health and health system strengthening and focuses her research on health policies in times of financial crisis.

Julia Chukwuma

Julia is an online tutor for the Critical Health Economics module. Currently she is pursuing a PhD degree in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she focuses on the political economy of health policy development and implementation (with a focus on Nigeria, as her case study country) and global efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

She is interested in understanding how different stakeholders, such as policymakers, civil society organisations, health professionals, international partners, etc. shape a healthcare system and influence how healthcare services are delivered and who can ultimately access them. Her research approach is thus very much rooted in understanding the political context in which policies are developed, the causes of economic and social realities within a certain country-context as well as issues of inequality and power.

Prior to her studies in London, she was working with UNICEF’s social policy teams in Burundi, Mali and Senegal. She has completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Austria in economics and political science. 

Sumegha Asthana

Sumegha is pursuing a PhD at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She is currently studying the role of global actors in strengthening health systems in India post 1990 through a case study on the World Bank.

Before her PhD, she worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India as a National consultant under the National Rural Health Mission providing support to state and district level health management units for health planning. She has also worked with Public Health Foundation of India and provided research support to different projects.

She is a Homoeopathic physician by training and completed a master’s degree in Health administration. She is also the Chapter lead for Women in Global Health India chapter which is aiming to close the gender gap in global health leadership.

Her main areas of research have been conceptualization of health systems and health systems strengthening, development aid in health, global health governance and integration of alternate systems of medicine in public health system in India. 

Sonali Sathaye

An anthropologist with a deep interest in education and social justice and in preserving the natural world, Sonali's scholarly work is at the intersection of medical, cultural and linguistic anthropology.

She has several years experience teaching students in schools and colleges in India and abroad, conducting workshops in ethnography, drama and writing. Currently,  she is the educator and primary resource person on a project which interrogates ideas of identity and belonging in classrooms across three countries (India, Pakistan and the UK) by focussing on the Partition of Pakistan-India of 1947.

Sonali also teaches A-level Sociology at an alternative school in Bangalore where she foregrounds issues of sustainability and social justice. She's also part of a collaborative ten-month module-based course with ecologists, environmentalists and biologists (“An Apprenticeship in Ecological Nurturance) which works on issues of climate change and land care. She's extremely pleased to be part of Queen Mary Online’s Planetary Health module which offers an unusual combination of rigorous analytic, academic research and direct action. 

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After graduating from Queen Mary University of London's MSc Global Public Health, you’ll be able to work in health policy and health service delivery at local, national and international levels, and in governmental and international bodies as well as NGOs.

Since research and epistemology will be integrated into the modules you’ll be covering, you could also get the opportunity to pursue further academic development in the form of a PhD.

As a QMUL MSc Global Public Health graduate, you’ll be able to work in public health and policy with a global perspective, and be equipped to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams engaged in health improvement.

Recent graduates of the on-campus programme in Global Public Health & Policy were able to build careers at organisations such as:

  • Ministry of Health Botswana
  • Ministry of Health Iraq
  • Public Health England
  • British Medical Association
  • Community Health Centre, Seremban, Malaysia
  • Inspire Mental Health Consortium
  • Social Franchise Manager at Marie Stopes International- Malawi
  • Project Manager at North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service
  • HIV Prevention Manager-Commodities at Population Services International- Malawi
  • Associate Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations, Geneva

You’ll also have access to QM Careers, helping you throughout your time as a QMUL student. You’ll be able to access advice on career choices and on how to maximise the career opportunities available to you. The QM Careers office also provides a service for internships, part-time work, and volunteering while you study.

Watch our video on who does the Global Public Health MSc and how it benefits their career progression:

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