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Gain an introduction to global health and develop the skills to critically appraise organisations, debates and data.

Learn about emerging and persistent global health challenges and how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors.

Explore how research can make credible contributions to improving global health, disease prevention and management.

This course is open to anyone with an interest in global health. It’s ideal for health professionals, those working in social care organisations, the third sector and researchers too.  

What will I study?

You’ll build your awareness of the diverse and dynamic field of global health, exploring:

  • inequalities
  • different countries’ and multi-country organisations’ approaches to disease prevention and management
  • factors that affect global health – housing, education, for example
  • international government policies and commitments
  • the contributions of research to informing evidence-led approaches to global health improvement.

You’ll work through an introductory unit and then four key areas:

  • Emerging and persistent global health challenges
  • Human rights and equity
  • Institutions and actors
  • Global citizenship and partnership

By the end of this course, you will be able to…

  • Identify, define and contextualise basic terminology and concepts in global health.
  • Identify and describe key institutions, practitioners and scholars in global health.
  • Explain key drivers and challenges in global health.

How will I study?

This 12-week Global Health course is delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of several of our Health-related Masters degrees, this course is taught at Masters level by experienced health researchers and clinical academics.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

  • podcasts
  • multiple-choice questions
  • short exercises
  • discussion boards to get to know your colleagues
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • plenty of support from your tutors.

Made up of five units, material is released in blocks throughout the course, giving you flexibility to suit your schedule.

Where will this take me?

Introduction to Global Health is one of a suite of Health short courses that we offer online. These can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications, including postgraduate Health degrees.

Find out more about credits.

Further learning

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


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

Your course coordinators

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The 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.

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Start date
14 September 2020