The Global Health MSc course is a new and innovative learning opportunity offering a balanced blend of knowledge and skills in regard to addressing global health challenges and public health issues. Underpinned by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the course will provide opportunities for you to develop transferable skills to apply for careers working with global communities both internationally and in the UK.
Students will undertake a range of modules including: Introduction to Global Health, Critical Issues in Global Health, Global Health skills, Researching Global Health and Global Health Dissertation. The course will be delivered by staff with expertise from a range of backgrounds including both practice and research.
The course will provide opportunities for students to acquire interdisciplinary skills, providing them with the tools to work as part of an interdisciplinary team. To enable students to further develop their skills, they may have opportunities for volunteering (subject to availability) with diverse communities both nationally and globally through DMU Local and DMU Square Mile
- Flexible study options allow students to learn at a level suitable to their needs
- Benefit from an experienced teaching team with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, nutrition, biomedical science, mental health and community development; helping to broaden students’ perspective of Global Health research and practice
- The course will provide opportunities for students to acquire interdisciplinary skills, providing them with the tools to work as part of an interdisciplinary team. Students may have opportunities for work experience with diverse communities both nationally and globally through DMU Local and DMU Square Mile
Structure and assessment
Students will undertake a range of modules including:
Introduction to Global Health:
This introductory module to global health will explore contemporary health challenges within the context of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), differing health systems and policy approaches. The module provides a comprehensive understanding of the different political structures, actors, policies, economic systems and theories (such as the social determinants of health) underpinning global health initiatives, programmes and practices.
Critical Issues in Global Health:
This module will build on the Introduction to Global Health module by exploring critical issues in global health in more depth. Using problem-based learning and case-studies, the module will enable students to critically appraise aspects such as sociological, psychological, political, legal, environmental, social, cultural, and spiritual factors that influence global health in different contexts. Students will gain an understanding of challenges that cross disciplines and borders, as well as the importance of transdisciplinary teamwork and systems thinking.
Global Health Skills:
This module will focus on students developing skills to work with communities and incorporates some opportunities for reflection on Global Health competencies and skills for employability. The module will start from the perspective of self-awareness and critical reflection on issues such as unconscious bias and cultural competence as well as completion of a skills audit. The module will incorporate a broad range of theoretical perspectives including determinants of health, engagement and consensus decision making, community development, leadership and change management, lobbying, policy writing and evaluation and advocacy.
Researching Global Health:
This module is designed to give the student the opportunity to critically evaluate the fundamental and procedural aspects of Global Health research, as well as engaging with evidence and evidence-based practice. The context surrounding research will be explored and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches will be critically appraised.
Global Health Dissertation:
This module is a student-led, self-directed piece of work, which sees the student undertake an individual project from start to finish. This can be an empirical or non-empirical project utilising a variety of methods. The student will conceive and execute the project with support from a suitably qualified staff member to guide their work, playing a small consultative role. The main responsibility lies with the student to organise their time, agree and meet interim deadlines with their supervisor and maintain contact and dialogue throughout. Students will choose a dissertation topic and approach that is relevant to their academic and/or vocational interests.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.
Teaching and assessments
A variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods will be used for this programme in line with the university policy of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Learning is supported by an experienced teaching team and a variety of inclusive and engaging teaching methods, including:
- Work-based/service learning (optional)
- Action learning sets
- Interdisciplinary and peer learning opportunities
- Enquiry-based, problem-based learning
- Independent guided study and e-learning
- Tutor support
- Student directed seminars
There are a variety of assessments used within the programme including essays, presentations, group-based presentations, reflections, development of a group podcast and a final dissertation. The final dissertation has three flexible pathways to enable students to meet the learning outcomes according to their vocational interests and strengths.
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Substantial investment in Health and Life Sciences has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Library and learning zones
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
The home of De Montfort Students’ Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team.
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