The MPH in Global Health is intended to provide candidates with a clear understanding of global health issues and how those issues affect public health policy and practice.
The MPH in Global Health programme will offer solid public health training and exposure to global health politics, policies, systems and practices through didactic teaching sessions, team-based research and presentations, and individual work-based projects or dissertations.
This interdisciplinary course will help students build skills and competencies including communication, teamwork and project management. Important links will be elucidated between strengthening health systems and key Sustainable Development Goals, such as poverty reduction, gender equity, meaningful work and sustainable cities. Strategies for achieving universal health coverage and addressing inequity will be reviewed.
Students undertake taught modules over two semesters. Students will be required to submit a dissertation on a pre-approved global health topic. Successful completion of the dissertation and the assessments of the taught modules will lead to award of the MPH in Global Health.
Global Health highlights
The first semester is spent learning the general tools of public health, including epidemiology and biostatistics.
- The partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences provides opportunity to study in the USA. This 4-year Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) provides students the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate taught programme in Year 1 at QUB (refer to link below for full list of programmes), followed by a PhD at NCI in Years 2-4. Further information is available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/CCRCB-DTP
World Class Facilities
- The Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University hosts one of five UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Public Health Research Centres of Excellence to encourage multidisciplinary working and increase capacity to address complex population-level health issues. The Centre for Public Health also hosts the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry which is responsible for the production of official statistics on cancer in Northern Ireland, and provides evidence to help inform decision making about cancer services. This can be a valuable resource for students interested in Global Health as well.
- One of our strengths is a world-renowned interdisciplinary staff with experience in a wide range of public health programmes and research both in the UK and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is reflected in the content of the core and Global Health currriculum. Students are based in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland, which is one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. You will be taught and mentored by world-class researchers.
- You will be taught by public health leaders and practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines. Their aim is to make effective change that will benefit the health of underserved populations, often in low-resource areas. The course attracts students from all over the world, further enriching students’ experience.
Students may enrol on a full time basis (1 year). Students undertake taught modules: Semester 1 (60 CATS) and Semester 2 (60 CATS).
The MPH in Global Health is awarded to students who have successfully completed all taught modules (120 CATS) and a dissertation (60 CATS).
Exit qualifications are available : students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
Semester 1 Public Health Sciences (25 CATS)
This module discusses the collection of demographic data, demographic analysis techniques and health effects of population characteristics. It also demonstrates understanding of epidemiological concepts and methodologies, and the appropriate interpretation of descriptive and analytic epidemiological study findings. The basic principles of theory and practice in qualitative health research are discussed and critical assessment and appropriate interpretation of published health evidence demonstrated.
Determinants & Improvement of Health (15 CATS)
This module explores the factors that underlie health and disease and will examine variations and inequalities in health; lifestyles and behaviours that impact on health and how our social and physical environment impacts on health. Students will also be given an introduction to health promotion and the planning of health improvement programmes.
Medical Statistics (20 CATS)
This module teaches how to formulate research problems in statistical terms, to design informative experiments, to apply appropriate statistical methods and to correctly interpret results. The module provides the skills necessary for the planning and execution of research projects.
Semester 2 Health & Social Care Systems (20 CATS)
This module discusses how health systems can be strengthened and covers the application of a public health approach and perspective to the assessment of the health needs of the population and planning, commissioning and delivery of high quality evidence based health and social care services and population screening programmes.
Global Non-communicable Diseases (15 CATS)
This module will involve students considering the non-communicable diseases (cancer, diabetes, circulatory disease and eye health) and their global importance. These conditions will be explored from the perspective of epidemiology, prevention and intervention in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs).
Maternal & Child Health in Low Resource Areas (10 CATS)
This module reviews maternal & child health / sexual and reproductive health (MCH/SRHR) services to include curative and preventive maternal health, ante-natal and post-natal care, delivery, immunisations, integrated management of childhood illnesses, nutrition and malnutrition, family planning, infertility, emergency obstetric care, services related to abortion/post-abortion care, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/ AIDS.
Global Health Development (15 CATS)
The module will cover the development of global health policies and their influence on health development. Mechanisms for implementing global policies in less and least developed countries will be reviewed and their impact on sustainability. The political, moral and financial risks of chronic emergency aid funding will be assessed.
Semester 3 Dissertation (60 CATS)
Students are also required to complete a dissertation project under the supervision of an academic from the Centre of Public Health. The aim is to integrate and apply global public health-related knowledge and skills gained in earlier modules. Opportunities to conduct projects in under served areas of LMICs may be arranged.
There is an opportunity to undertake a research project work placement, which will be a competitive process for interested students (1-2 places max)
A number of work-based placements will also be available for some students on a competitive basis. Candidates who are selected to undertake a work-based placement must successfully complete both Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules before starting the work based placements.
People teaching you
Centre for Public Health
15-20 per week
MPH in Global Health graduates will have the skills and knowledge foundation to pursue global public health career opportunities in the health and social care sector, health-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and with governmental bodies formulating policy and practice guidelines.
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s University we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embodies intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support. Our aim is to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.
On this course we do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enable our students to engage with subject experts as they develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work experiences, and enhances their development as independent lifelong learners.
Classes are in the morning and afternoon and provide learning opportunities through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and self-directed study to enhance employability.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined here:
Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examination, written assignments and oral presentations. A 10,000 to 15,000-word dissertation is required. Opportunities to conduct projects in underserved areas of LMICs may be arranged.
Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a public-health related subject. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications (MBBS, BDS or BVSc) or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Intercalating Medical and Dental Applicants
Intercalating medical and dental students within QUB will be considered if they have successfully completed the third year of their course at first attempt and achieved at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree standard. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director of Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate.
An external medical or dental student wishing to intercalate must have successfully completed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying. External intercalating applicants should also ensure they have the permission of the Head of Undergraduate Medical/Dental Education or equivalent from their home University.
• Applicants who are currently studying an overseas Medical (e.g. MBBS or MbChB) or Dental degree at a recognised institution acceptable to the University, may apply.
• Applicants must have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying, normally 3rd year for those completing a 5 year programme or 4th year for those completing a 6 year programme.
• Applicants may be required to provide details of the medical or dental curriculum they are studying in order to confirm compatibility.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £6,140 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,900 Other (non-UK) EU £6,140 International £16,900
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Global Health costs
Students have the option to hire a locker, at a cost of £5 per student, per year.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Fees and Funding