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In our increasingly globalised world, gain a ‘one world’ understanding of health.

Raise your awareness of our shared planetary resources and vulnerabilities. Learn how we can make the most of available resources to tackle global health problems.

Research and assess established and emerging global health issues, including global mental health, and the effects of climate change. Gain the skills to critically appraise global health debates and evidence.

Join us on campus and study with a multidisciplinary team of internationally experienced clinicians and academics.

The credits you earn on this course count towards our Masters in Global Health and Management.

What will I study?

You’ll cover the following topics across four main areas:

Maternal and child health (MNCH)

  • Maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Perinatal mortality and morbidity
  • Child health
  • Integrated approach to MNCH

Communicable diseases

  • What are communicable diseases?
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Acute outbreaks, including Ebola and Zika
  • Neglected tropical diseases

Non-communicable diseases

  • Nutrition and health
  • Epidemiologic, demographic, nutritional transition
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Global mental health

Environment and health

  • Climate change and health
  • Health in conflict and disaster situations

By the end of this course, you’ll understand…

  • The global burden of disease in relation to maternal, newborn and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Demographic, epidemiologic and nutritional transitions and how they relate to each other.
  • Environmental influences on the health of populations, including climate change, conflict, and migration.
  • How to apply your newfound knowledge to plan appropriate solutions to global health challenges.
  • How to critically appraise the global policy responses to global health issues.

How will I study?

This on-campus Global Health course is 12 weeks long. You’ll join us at our Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen, the largest clinical complex in Europe.

Your course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from an internationally experienced team of public health researchers, clinicians, academics and NHS public health practitioners.

You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • presentations and group discussions
  • assignments
  • videos and podcasts
  • slide shows
  • quizzes
  • reading materials
  • online discussion boards
  • self-directed study (reading, revising and reflecting on your learning materials).

Books and journals

You’ll have access to all the books and journal articles you need for free through the University’s library service.

Your teaching team

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

MSc in Global Health and Management (180 credits)

  • Study full-time or part-time.
  • Available to study to Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) level.

Further short courses

We have a range of online Health short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


On this course, you’ll gain transferable skills in:

  • critical thinking and appraisal
  • research methods
  • group working.

With a Masters in Global Health, you could pursue a career as:

  • a research assistant
  • a clinical academic
  • an expert within NGOs, charities and policy think tanks.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This on-campus course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

For this course, you apply through our Applicant Portal. This allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents. Our admissions team will then review these and get back to you. Read How to apply through our Applicant Portal for all you need to know.

You need to apply by the course start date to ensure you are enrolled in time.

Apply for this course

Start date
18 January 2021