Global Health


The MPH in Global Health is intended to provide candidates with a clear understanding of global health issues and how those issues affect public health policy and practice.

The MPH in Global Health programme will offer solid public health training and exposure to global health politics, policies, systems and practices through didactic teaching sessions, team-based research and presentations, and individual work-based projects or dissertations.

Students undertake taught modules over two semesters. Students will be required to submit a dissertation on a pre-approved global health topic. Successful completion of the dissertation and the assessments of the taught modules will lead to award of the MPH in Global Health.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements

Normally a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a public-health related subject. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications (MBBS, BDS or BVSc) or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Intercalating Applicants:


Intercalating medical and dental applicants from within QUB will also be considered if they have successfully completed the 3rd/4th year of their course at first attempt and achieved at least an upper second class Honours standard. Intercalating applicants should also ensure they have permission to intercalate from either the Director for Medical Education or Dentistry as appropriate.


An external medical or dental student wishing to intercalate must be ranked in the top half of their year cohort to have their application considered. Applicants must have passed all assessments at first attempt for the year in which they are applying (normally 3rd or 4th year).


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required *taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year, full-time.

Teaching Times

15-20 per week

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects


MPH graduates will have the skills and knowledge foundation to pursue global public health career opportunities in the health and social care sector, health-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and with governmental bodies formulating policy and practice guidelines.

Further enquiries

Professor Nathan Congdon

Centre for Public Health


Subjects taught

Semester 1

Public Health Sciences (25 CATS)

This module discusses the collection of demographic data, demographic analysis techniques and health effects of population characteristics. It also demonstrates understanding of epidemiological concepts and methodologies, and the appropriate interpretation of descriptive and analytic epidemiological study findings. The basic principles of theory and practice in qualitative health research are discussed and critical assessment and appropriate interpretation of published health evidence demonstrated.

Determinants & Improvement of Health (15 CATS)

This module explores the factors that underlie health and disease and will examine variations and inequalities in health; lifestyles and behaviours that impact on health and how our social and physical environment impacts on health. Students will also be given an introduction to health promotion and the planning of health improvement programmes.

Medical Statistics (20 CATS)

This module teaches how to formulate research problems in statistical terms, to design informative experiments, to apply appropriate statistical methods and to correctly interpret results. The module provides the skills necessary for the planning and execution of research projects.

Semester 2

Health & Social Care Systems (20 CATS)

This module discusses how health systems can be strengthened and covers the application of a public health approach and perspective to the assessment of the health needs of the population and planning, commissioning and delivery of high quality evidence based health and social care services and population screening programmes.

Global Non-communicable Diseases (15 CATS)

This module will involve students considering the non-communicable diseases (cancer, diabetes, circulatory disease and eye health) and their global importance. These conditions will be explored from the perspective of epidemiology, prevention and intervention in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs).

Maternal & Child Health in Low Resource Areas (10 CATS)

This module reviews maternal & child health / sexual and reproductive health (MCH/SRHR) services to include curative and preventive maternal health, ante-natal and post-natal care, delivery, immunisations, integrated management of childhood illnesses, nutrition and malnutrition, family planning, infertility, emergency obstetric care, services related to abortion/post-abortion care, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/ AIDS.

Global Health Development (15 CATS)

The module will cover the development of global health policies and their influence on health development. Mechanisms for implementing global policies in less and least developed countries will be reviewed and their impact on sustainability. The political, moral and financial risks of chronic emergency aid funding will be assessed.

Semester 3

Dissertation (60 CATS)

Students are also required to complete a dissertation project under the supervision of an academic from the Centre of Public Health. The aim is to integrate and apply global public health-related knowledge and skills gained in earlier modules. Opportunities to conduct projects in under served areas of LMICs may be arranged.


Global Health highlights

The first semester is spent learning the general tools of public health, including epidemiology and biostatistics.

Global Opportunities

•The partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences provides opportunity to study in the USA. This 4-year Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) provides students the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate taught programme in Year 1 at QUB (refer to link below for full list of programmes), followed by a PhD at NCI in Years 2-4. Further information is available at:

World Class Facilities

•The Centre for Public Health at Queen's University hosts one of five UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Public Health Research Centres of Excellence to encourage multidisciplinary working and increase capacity to address complex population-level health issues. The Centre for Public Health also hosts the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry which is responsible for the production of official statistics on cancer in Northern Ireland, and provides evidence to help inform decision making about cancer services. This can be a valuable resource for students interested in Global Health as well.

Student Experience

•One of our strengths is a world-renowned interdisciplinary staff with experience in a wide range of public health programmes and research both in the UK and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is reflected in the content of the core and Global Health currriculum. Students are based in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland, which is one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK. You will be taught and mentored by world-class researchers.

•You will be taught by public health leaders and practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines. Their aim is to make effective change that will benefit the health of underserved populations, often in low-resource areas. The course attracts students from all over the world, further enriching students' experience.

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

Learning and Teaching

At Queen's University we aim to deliver a high-quality learning environment that embodies intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support. Our aim is to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.

On this course we do this by providing a range of learning experiences that enable our students to engage with subject experts as they develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work experiences, and enhances their development as independent lifelong learners.

Classes are in the morning and afternoon and provide learning opportunities through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and self-directed study to enhance employability.

Assessment method

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examination, written assignments and oral presentations. A 10,000 to 15,000-word dissertation is required. Opportunities to conduct projects in underserved areas of LMICs may be arranged.

Application date

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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