Join our academics online and gain an introduction to global health.

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

  • Develop the skills to critically appraise organisations, debates and data.
  • Explore how research can make credible contributions to improving global health, disease prevention and management.
  • Join a flexible online short course you can fit around full-time work.

Who is this online global health course for?

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.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards any of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll build your awareness of the diverse and dynamic field of global health. You’ll study:

  • inequalities
  • different countries’ and multi-country organisations’ approaches to disease prevention and management
  • factors that affect global health, including housing and education
  • 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’ll 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 you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning global health course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, 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.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of experienced health researchers and clinical academics from our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

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

Build your learning

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

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


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 career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

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) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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