Who is the programme for?
Taught jointly within King’s world-leading Departments of Social Science, Health & Medicine and Biomedicine, the new BA & BSc in Global Health and Social Medicine are the ideal degrees for students seeking to make a difference to improving health and wellbeing, globally, by shaping effective health policies and health care delivery systems.
Though not a traditional pre-medical programme, many of our students take our programme as a path to medical training, to better understand the social context in which they will practice medicine, and make them more well-rounded physicians.
With their international, interdisciplinary focus and expert teaching team - led by Professor Nikolas Rose and Professor Bronwyn Parry - the programmes will equip students with the expertise and capability to work in national and global health agencies and organizations, to undertake cutting-edge research or to move into a wide range of careers in the fields of health and biomedicine requiring transferable, high-level skills.
Why does it matter?
Health is more than a medical matter, with effective policies and practices for health care and disease prevention being generated far beyond the clinical setting. This programme bridges conventional divides between the biomedical and social sciences, offering unique insights into the economic, political and cultural factors that shape the nature of health and disease, globally, and which produce entrenched inequalities in health care provision.
Students will investigate the social history and contemporary operation of health care systems; the implications of radical new advances in biomedicine, such as genomics, stem cells and neuroscience; the challenges of an ageing society and the threats to health posed by global pandemics, bioterrorism and biosecurity.
What is unique about these programmes?
- Truly interdisciplinary; bridging the divide between biomedical & social sciences and humanities.
- Taught by internationally recognised experts in the heart of London, with a concentration of biomedical and health resources and research that is unrivalled anywhere in Europe.
- Provides the skills required for work in policy and practice, as well as further academic research.
Our degree modules are continually being developed in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes. Typical core modules include:
Introduction to Global Health
Introduction to Social Medicine
SSHM Research Practice and Design Studio
Key Concepts in Global Health
Key Concepts in Social Medicine
Contemporary Crises in Global Health and Social Medicine
Both the BSc and BA degrees are interdisciplinary in nature.
BSc degree students take 25% of their modules in the School of Bioscience Education following one of three pathways:
BA degree students take 25% of their modules in related subject areas, such as geography, history, war studies, where topics closely related to global health and social medicine will be studied.
Are places still available?
A-level AAB including Biology or Chemistry
IB At least 35 points including HL 665 (with Biology or Chemistry)
IB At least 35 points including HL 665
How do I find out more?
Yes - the course is still accepting entrants for 2015.
More details about the programme can be found on our online prospectus. For further information, or to register interest, contact the Centre for Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Admissions team via email@example.com , or the Department for Social Science, Health & Medicine office via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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