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Global Public Health MSc (Online)

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Key facts
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. Learn more about costs and ways to pay on our Fees and Funding page.
Course duration:  two years (MSc); 15 months (PGDip); one year (PGCert)
Annual start dates:  Recruitment for this course has stopped
Next start date:  Recruitment for this course has stopped
Application deadline:  Recruitment for this course has stopped
Time commitment:  approximately 25 hours per week

Why study global public health?

Hear from Programme Director Dr. Andrew Harmer as he discusses the dynamic MSc Global Public Health course. Watch this video to find out more about cultivating critical skills, embracing flexibility, and igniting your global health passion.

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Dr. Andrew Harmer: There's lots of things that make this programme stand out, but there are two which I think really deserve emphasizing. One is the students, and the other is the staff that work on it.

The students I think are the heart and soul of our programme, and they come from very diverse backgrounds, lots of different countries. And that means that the webinars and the forums can benefit from all of the experience that these students bring to the programme.

Our staff are amazing. They're also from various different countries around the world, and they can bring their experiences to the classroom.

And finally, we have an amazing student experience team. We have dedicated student experience support and they provide, a wide range of pastoral services.

In addition to critical and analytical thinking, which is really important, they will also gain, skills in individual and group work, group presentations, and in individual oral presentations. They'll also develop reflective skills. So you'll get to know yourself very well on the programme, and you'll begin to understand yourself a bit better, what you can do, the challenges that you're able to meet and overcome. And I think that's an important skill.

The advantages of studying online can be summarised as flexibility, accessibility, and community. What I mean by flexibility is that when you study online, you really can, build the degree around your life. You can watch webinars, they're all recorded so you can watch them in your own time. When you can follow the programme at your own pace.

Our content is really accessible. Our virtual learning platform is really good and easy to download the documents, read online. You can really build a great community. A lot of our students, they meet up virtually, they create their own WhatsApp groups, and they really get to know each other. And we find that our students develop peer to peer support groups. I think this is really great. It's a really good opportunity to meet other students online.

I tend to see global health as a prism through which students can shine light on, a range of different disciplines, health inequalities, epidemiology and statistics, health systems, health economics, global health policy, disease management, planetary health, and research methods.

And the benefit of having this multidisciplinary perspective is that employers, they'd like to see and employ somebody who can join the dots you know, between different disciplines. They can break out of the siloed way of thinking, and be able to make connections between different topics.

So our programme has a global reach and we have almost thirty countries represented. Our students typically they're working professionals often they come from a health background. So we have nurses, midwives, people who work in the public health profession. And we have non-health students who might be working in the civil service, the charity sector, pharmacy. So it's quite a wide representation.

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.

The distance learning MSc in Global Public Health has an intensive, purposeful and genuine curriculum, encouraging students not to just examine and know, but to fully explore the depths of what Global Health means. I’m a better human being because of this programme.
Elise Pohl, current Global Public Health MSc (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 chose to study Global Public Health with a British University because I wanted a global perspective. I was unable to find a programme that worked with my schedule in the States that would give me the opportunity to meet and learn from people all over the world.
American Kate Marling, Global Public Health MSc (Online)
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Who is this course for?

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.

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.

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 online course offers a time-bound structure, enabling you to engage and focus on a weekly basis.

The course content is also available via our learning platform’s mobile app, so you can study, read and post on forums on a phone or tablet while commuting. You're not limited to using a computer at home. 

Wolfson Institute of Population Health

The MSc in Global Public Health (Online) 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 Wolfson Institute of Population Health (WIPH). 

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

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

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

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MSc Global Public Health - Meet the Programme Director

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[UPBEAT MUSIC] - I think for me and the time that I chose to do my masters online was this was required, though face to face wasn't an option. But I think on reflection, if you are working and juggling and there was a lot of people on the course juggling childcare commitments and work, having it online means that you have a little bit more flexibility around where you study to make it work for you.

So why I did a lot of my work at weekends. We have a Friday afternoon conference call and a lot of the other work and the commitments to self-study. And I got into a rhythm of doing a little bit of the days. But I think if I had to travel to campus midweek, that would have got increasingly difficult as through the course of the two years of doing the degree my workload picked up and it became quite a juggling act to get everything done and to navigate the course.

So I think for some people face to face works but for others online is definitely a viable alternative. I've covered a lot of that. Again, we have Canvas, we have the more formal side but then also the informal side. Lots of students will find other opportunities to collaborate and I think most students want that connection. Once I have that there so you make it happen. Obviously not everybody wants to engage.

But certainly enough cohort that made you feel like you had company, you weren't sitting online people to tell anyway and nurture the student environment in a different way.

- Thank you. Dr. Andrew.

- Yeah. For module 3, which is on health systems, one of the assessments is group work. Though you do have to work together in your groups and then you present already as a group. So you do get the chance to collaborate on some work, which is then assessed. We do encourage you to be critical and some of the work is challenging, it will challenge some of the assumptions that you might have about how the world works.

So do come onto the program with an open mind. And also self reflection. Quite often students get frustrated because they don't get the marks they were expecting. And that's perhaps because they're new to studying. But it's an opportunity to reflect, why did something not go quite as well as you wanted it to go or why did something go really well, and you weren't expecting it to go so well.

So as you go through the two years, we hope you'll have lots of opportunities for self-reflection and learning about yourself and realizing that there are actually interests, which are going to direct you which you weren't perhaps expecting.

- I think if you really enjoy the content and you're really absorbed in the masters and enjoyed the love of learning then I found it challenging but in some ways easy because I was doing something I really enjoyed and I was absorbing myself in a subject that I was finding fascinating, so it was incredibly rewarding.

- I would approach it by thinking, well, OK, what remains the same? Quite often problems just-- we have zombie problems that just never go away and they keep coming up. And they keep coming up when different health challenges present themselves. So things like inequality and inequity, these are undercurrents which very much affect how a global health issue plays out.

Global cooperation or lack of it. Global governance, I mean, there are rules that govern the way that global health develops and how it's governed. But the question is, who makes those rules? And we saw with COVID-19 that there was so much inequity and so much inequality within countries but also between countries to the point where global cooperation appeared to almost break down.

And we saw efforts that were too late like COVAX or the ACT-Accelerator which really should have existed pre-COVID-19 but didn't and so everybody had to scramble to create them in the midst of a pandemic. And unsurprisingly, inequity and inequality were characteristics of both of those governance mechanisms. So what things remain the same are going to be the future of Global Public Health because we need to resolve those, and they're very difficult to resolve but there are things that we can do


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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. 


It has been great to have a two-year education plan with a set schedule when so much else is changing. Because I know the module schedule in advance, I have been able to coordinate any project deadlines that I have for work.
Tina Lines, International Development Consultant, Global Public Health MSc
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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.

Through this, you’ll benefit from a multidisciplinary perspective when navigating global public health questions and proposing new ideas in public health settings.

  • 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 - 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

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 three 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.

Please visit the Alternative English Language Qualifications page on the main Queen Mary website for more information on language requirements.

Get advice from an IELTS examiner on taking your IELTS English Language test:

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Taking your IELTS English Language test?

Here are top tips from an IELTS examiner on how to prepare for each section and perform at your best on exam day.

4 skills are tested in the IELTS exam:

  1. Reading
  2. Listening
  3. Speaking
  4. Writing

Advice for reading

  • Read newspapers and academic journals regularly to help improve your vocabulary and reading speed
  • Download IELTS practice tests from the website to learn how to identify the easiest questions
  • During your exam, read through the paper in full initially and identify which questions are easier for you
  • Start with the easier questions to guarantee yourself some marks and help you feel confident

Advice for listening

  • Listen to the radio, TV and YouTube videos to help you understand various accents
  • Practice your spelling of names, numbers and addresses

Advice for speaking

  • Speak in English as much as possible in your day-to-day life
  • On the day of the exam, see if you can speak in English to another candidate outside the exam hall, to put yourself at ease

Advice for writing

  • Practice writing academic papers and get feedback from a teacher or professor if you can
  • Get to know the band descriptors IELTS examiners use to mark your writing – you can find these on the website
  • Identify the areas you need to improve on and practice these before your exam
  • During your exam, make sure you answer the question that’s being asked and complete all parts of the task

And finally...

Leave yourself plenty of time to prepare! If you can, try to book your exam at least six weeks in advance to give yourself enough time to practice the different skills. Practice makes perfect with the IELTS exam.

Have questions?

If you're unsure about any areas of the IELTS process and would like further advice, please reach out to our course adviser team.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 3859 7192
  • WhatsApp: +44 (0)7360 818402

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.

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

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

Assessment methods could include:

  • Examinations (essays or short-answer questions)
  • Assignments (such as writing an academic blog post)
  • Presentations
  • A 10,000-word dissertation (MSc only)
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 (Online)

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.

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.

I work on shifts all hours of the day, seven days a week. But I’m able to work my day job and fit in the learning in between.
Carmen Holmberg, NHS UK, Global Public Health MSc (Online)

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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.

Academic team

As a member of the Russell Group, Queen Mary is committed to the highest quality teaching and research. Find out about the MSc Global Public Health academic team below:

Dr Andrew Harmer

Andrew is the Programme Director for the online MSc in Global Public Health and a Senior lecturer in Global Health Policy in the Centre for Global Public Health, Institute of Population Health Sciences.

He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton. He 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 has published in leading global health journals, most recently in the BMJ and the Lancet where he has written about climate change and the World Health Organisation.

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.

What I enjoy most about Dr. Randall's teaching style is her ability to meet students at all levels - her intent listening, composure, honesty, and commitment to 'all' students being engaged, authentically heard, and understood. These facets of an educator are rare. Teaching to nurture student growth and change; teaching that goes straight into the heart.
Elise Pohl, Global Public Health MSc

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.

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.

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. 

Sobia Hafeez

Sobia is a Physician with a Master’s in Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK) and a post-graduate degree in Public Policy and Program Evaluation (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada) with over a decade of work and teaching experience in the developing world (LIC). As a public servant, she serves under the Canadian federal government’s health portfolio in Ottawa, Canada. She manages eight complex, high materiality programs with a focus on capacity development and pan-Canadian stakeholder engagement, including Provinces and Territories, funding organizations, researchers, and patients.

She is passionate about emergency preparedness and disaster management. As a volunteer, after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, she coordinated several post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, that led to the reconstruction of two schools and three hospitals and the establishment of a vocational center for women in Kashmir.

Currently, she is volunteering to further develop food-security projects (“Adopt a Tandoor” & “Breakfast at Sunrise”) in Islamabad that she had initiated after the onset of the pandemic to fight against the rising levels of post-Covid starvation. The projects focus on using local infrastructure to develop small, self-sustainable food banks,converting flower gardens into vegetable patches, and learning how to harvest rainwater for long-term sustainability.

Dr Laura Burke

Laura is an anthropologist researching how life is rebuilt after conflict and crisis. She has an MA in the Anthropology of Conflict, and is currently finishing her PhD in Social Anthropology, at the University of Kent in the School of Anthropology and Conservation. Laura’s PhD research is centred around the themes of reproduction, population and environment in Timor-Leste, where she has conducted almost two years of ethnographic fieldwork.

She has broader interests in South-east Asia and the Pacific, medical anthropology, anthropology of conflict, as well as gender, sexuality and reproductive politics. Alongside academic research, ethnographic fieldwork and teaching, Laura has experience working and conducting research with NGOs on social justice and human rights issues in the UK, Asia and South America.

Dr Sara Gilani

Dr. Sara Gilani has received an MBBS from University of Health Sciences (Pakistan) and MSc Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). She has been involved in online teaching for Public Health programs for five years and has taught modules on Research Methods, Epidemiology and Population Health.

Her research areas include Non-communicable disease epidemiology and public perception on health issues. She has worked in population survey research for over ten years for Gallup Pakistan, affiliated with Gallup International. Additionally, she has worked on projects related to health, education, social and development sector.

Miss Vidhya Sasitharan

Vidhya is currently a Global and Public Health and Policy PhD student at Queen Mary’s. Her PhD topic and field of interest is exploring the role of social determinants of health in pesticide poisoning among small-holder farmers and the barriers to adopting agroecological principles using an eco-health framework. Prior to her PhD, she completed her MPH at Imperial College London, where for her dissertation she worked alongside a London city council to explore the feasibility of introducing a community health worker project in local wards.

Whilst undertaking her BSc in Global Health at Queen Mary Vidhya also interned for several national and international NGOs and worked on the following topics: addressing dietary NCD risk factors, identifying barriers to healthcare access in LMICs in addition to creating research tools to improve environmental and human health.

Dr Wiam Alashek

Dr. Wiam Alashek has a background in Medicine and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine with a MBBCh. She practiced General Surgery for years before she joined the Department for Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and received a Degree from the Board for Medical Specialities in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

She has interests in Educational Psychology (MSA) and Strategic Direction and Leadership (Level 8, Chartered Management Institute). Dr. Alashek completed her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology of Renal Disease at the University of Nottingham. She has much experience teaching BSc and MSc students and has led on many different modules including Epidemiology and Statistics, Communicable Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases, Maternal and Child Health/Nutrition and Disease Management Policy and Practice. She participates in the supervision of students’ projects and BSc & MSc dissertations. Additionally, she is OSCE examiner for Barts School of Medicine. 

Dr Khalil Betz-Heinemann

Khalil convenes and coordinates the dissertation module. He has 10 years of professional experience in academia, public and private sector, most recently with the Max Planck Institute, Southern Water Services Ltd, and Focal Point Gallery.

A Social Anthropologist by training his recent work explores 'what it means to know' in public health, as well as freelance work advising various projects on mixed methods in 'how to know' in public health. He has a longstanding interest in economies of care and the politics of autonomy.

Dr Russell Kabir

Dr Russell Kabir is a Public Health Researcher and Academic. He obtained his PhD degree from Middlesex University, UK. He completed his MSc in Research Methods at the same university His first degree was in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Dhaka. He also completed his master’s in public health from North South University, Bangladesh. As a Public Health Specialist with over 12 years of teaching experience including various universities in the UK. He is currently serving as an Academic Editor for PLOS One, BMC Public Health and Peerj. Dr. Kabir is interested to perform collaborative and interdisciplinary research on public health issues with a special focus on oral health, reproductive health issues, violence against women and ageing related research.

Dr Sinéad B Jones

Sinead obtained a BSc in Microbiology and Genetics and PhD in Genetics, and a Master’s in International Public Health. Sinéad has five years’ postdoctoral research experience at UK Medical Research Council. An honorary fellow of University of Edinburgh Medical School, Sinéad has lectured in health policy, and tutored undergraduates and postgraduates.

She edited the scientific journal Trends in Genetics. As Scientific Officer in the Director’s Office at the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer, Sinéad liaised with governing bodies and supported research strategy.

At British Medical Association, Sinéad directed a team supporting effective tobacco policies, negotiated policy manifestos endorsed by medical associations worldwide, and campaigned for a global tobacco control treaty. She authored expert reports and appeared as an expert witness in parliamentary hearings. Sinéad devised an international online course, with input from the World Bank, Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and other partners.

At the International Union Against Cancer, Sinéad established the Global Smokefree Partnership, supporting effective policy through capacity building, grant-making, research and advocacy. At the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease she led a large-scale grants and capacity-building programme, focussing on policy implementation in low- and middle-income countries.

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How could Queen Mary's course benefit my career?

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

We try to help students have confidence in their relationships with other global health professionals and feel that they have got something to say on current issues in the field.
Dr Andrew Harmer, Global Public Health MSc Programme Director

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.

This course covers every aspect of Global Health, and solidified that this is the direction I want to take my career. Doors have already started opening thanks to this qualification.
Rutendo Kudenga, Global Public Health MSc

Hear from MSc Global Public Health student Elisabetta on why she chose to study online with Queen Mary and how she thinks the course will help her in her career.

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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.

Find out more about career guidance for Queen Mary Online students on our Career Support page. 

What benefits does the reflective journal provide?

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to complete a journal to help you reflect on what you’re learning each week. As you progress, you can return to your journal to see how your knowledge and skills are developing.

Completing your journal will help you learn to critically reflect on a problem and plan for how to deal with it better next time, a crucial skill for global health professionals.

Looking back at your journal can also help you see where your passion in the field lies and can lead to ideas for your dissertation and your future career path.

What career opportunities could be available after graduation?


I came with a very focused idea of what I wanted to do. And during the course, I’ve made a 180-degree turn. Now I want to work with communities and vulnerable people that need help.
Tatyana Jacobs, Global Public Health MSc student

After graduating, you will be well-equipped to explore a career in health policy and health service delivery at local, national, and international levels – in governmental and international bodies as well as NGOs.

You will hold the skills and knowledge needed to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams engaged in health improvement.

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.

What roles have Queen Mary graduates progressed on to?

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

Source: LinkedIn

I’ve now set up an organisation called Equity Health, which helps organisations implement technology in a more equitable way. I’ve also submitted my research for review, I’ve been asked to author a book chapter, and I’m starting to talk to the University of Melbourne to co-produce a toolkit for organisations to implement.”
Shoshana Bloom, Global Public Health MSc

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