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Global Public Health MSc

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Global Public Health MSc

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, part-time

Why study your MSc 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.

If you believe health is a right, then this is a great course for you. It is a demanding course, which needs good time management. But if you are driven by improving health for others, the reading, lectures/seminars and assignments will provide you with the tools to move forward.
Dr Janakan Ratnarajan, part-time, on campus MSc Global Health Systems Theory and Policy, Blizard Institute

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.

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 Centre for Primary Care and Public Health (CPCPH).

The CPCPH aims to deliver world-class research and education to inform and support local, national and global primary care and public health policy.

It achieves this by bringing together some of the UK’s leading researchers, practitioners, and educators in a vibrant, multidisciplinary group of professionals with backgrounds in:

  • Public health
  • General practice
  • Medical sociology
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Biostatistics
  • Immunology
  • Planetary Health
  • Nursing
  • Bioethics
  • Anthropology

CPCPH is part of the Blizard Institute of the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry – the medical faculty of Queen Mary University of London.


The MSc Global Public Health is a 2-year part-time course that you can study completely online – allowing you the freedom and flexibility to study whenever and wherever it suits you.

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.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

  • Part-time, 16 months. 
  • 8 taught modules, 15 credits each 
  • To graduate you must have accrued 120 credits

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

  • Part-time, 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.

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
  • IELTS 7.0 including 6.5 in Writing or equivalent if your first language is not English 

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. 

International applicants

At Queen Mary we are proud of our global community and we 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.

To be able to make the most of the modules and teaching on offer, and to keep up with the online discussions, all applicants must meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission. You will need to provide evidence of sufficient English language ability in line with our standard English requirements as mentioned above. Please check the guideline for English language requirements for further information on the English language levels required, and alternative qualifications for English language proof.

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

Tuition fees

Masters: £10,000 (2 years, part-time, including dissertation)

Postgraduate Diploma: £6,700 (16 months, part-time, no dissertation required)

Postgraduate Certificate: £3,350 (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 and possible discounts. 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

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

  • A completed online application form
  • Your CV
  • A colour scan of your degree transcripts
  • References
  • A statement of purpose
  • A copy of your English language test result or qualification

We aim to process your application within two weeks. To avoid unnecessary delays with the application process, please ensure all the above required documents are uploaded at the time of application.

You can access the online application portal via the links below:

April 2019

September 2019

Please see our application guidance page for more information.

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)

Professor David McCoy

David McCoy is a Professor of Global Public Health at QMUL’s Centre for Primary Care and Public Health (CPCPH). 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 Global Public Health Unit, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. He joined the Global Public Health Unit 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.

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.


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