The course is designed to equip you with researcher skills for the future as well as developing your knowledge of the topic of international health.
Semester one in the autumn consists of three specialist modules covering international health with one larger module covering research methods (both theoretical and applied). Semester two involves a research project that can be conducted anywhere in the world. This will be devised in semester one and written up for the end of semester two.
All students will be provided with at least one nominated academic supervisor to support their research activity and will also have access to research and statistics support through dedicated research clinics.
We have attracted students from all over the country to study in Birmingham for this year long course. Equally, we have had students undertake an extremely diverse range of work in countries all round the world, including the UK.
On completion of the degree students should have knowledge and understanding of:
- The definition of international health and the range and depth of topics important to the subject
- Key topics in the area of international health such as healthcare organisation, the role of pharmaceutical companies, the effects on health of migration and conflict etc.
- Commonly used research methods and data analysis techniques within health and medicine
- How research methods are applied to inform on the health of the population (epidemiology) and the management of international health issues
- An understanding of the practicalities of conducting research in a range of settings
- The legal and ethical frameworks of medical research
In addition to enhancing knowledge and understanding, we believe our teaching methods, with emphasis on feedback and easy access to support, strongly support development of the following skills and attributes:
- The ability to critically read and appraise research evidence
- The ability to produce scientifically valid research
- The ability to manage a research project from conception to completion with enhanced project management skills which will be transferable to other aspects of your career
- The ability to effectively communicate your ideas or scientific findings through a range of commonly used presentation mechanisms including oral presentation, poster presentation, production of a journal article and essay writing
- Enhanced independent learning skills
- Greater awareness of team working and skills to support this in clinical and academic settings
- Improved ability to think logically and broadly about a range of problems, drawing on a variety of disciplines to support arguments
“The guest lecturers have been so varied and completely widened our horizons”
“..it was one of the most rewarding things that we have ever done”
“Your enthusiasm and obvious love for teaching has made the course both challenging and incredibly inspirational”
“There should be more International Health sessions in the [main] course”
“All sessions have been great”
“The range of speakers was fantastic”
“This is a great course, I have learned a lot, but most of all it has been incredibly interesting”
“I still feel there is more I could have learnt”
“I’m sad it’s over”