As a medical or dentistry student, you may choose to take a year out from your medical course and study on one of our intercalated Bachelor in Medical Science degree programmes. During this year you will specialise in a particular subject, acquire skills in analysing and interpreting research papers and also gain substantial, direct experience of novel research.
Global Health is one of the four Population Sciences and Humanities (PoSH) degree programmes that we currently offer*.
When applying to undertake a PoSH degree programme, you have the option to provide a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. It is therefore important that you also familiarize yourself with the programmes listed below:
Other BMedSc intercalation programmes are also available. Find out more about our full range of Intercalated Degree (BMedSc, BSc, MSc or MRes) programmes.
*Please note this programme may not run in any future given academic year if there is insufficient student interest or numbers. In addition, the programme may be modified or developed in the future and particular modules or lectures may be replaced or not available in any future given year.’
Everyone involved with medicine will come across some aspect of global health in their career, whether they will recognise it as such is less certain.
This degree can benefit anyone going into medicine, whether, for example, they intend to pursue a career in surgery in the UK or wish to work at an global level. The course will introduce you to the great breadth and depth of global health, though it cannot hope to cover all that makes up global health. This might fuel a career in global health, some time working abroad, or it might just make you a better doctor in this country.
"Intercalating in global health was a challenging yet hugely rewarding experience. Three months of late nights and hard work were followed by three months of gallivanting across the globe. The debates, seminars, assignments, research, the whole year has had a major influence on the doctor I see myself becoming in the future and the life experiences I've gained from it are completely invaluable. I can't recommend this course enough." Rebecca Smith, BMedSc International Health, 2014-15
"Today, good and evil are inseparable because we know about both. But is it enough simply to be informed? Are we condemned to be largely spectators? Can we affect the course of events?” Sebastião Salgado. 2001.
Why study this course?
The course is designed to equip you with researcher skills for the future as well as developing your knowledge of the topic of global health.
Semester one in the autumn consists of three specialist modules covering global health with one larger module covering research methods (both theoretical and applied). Semester two involves a research project that can be conducted in range of countries across 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.
On completion of the degree students should have knowledge and understanding of:
- The definition of global health and the range and depth of topics important to the subject
- Key topics in the area of global 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 global 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”