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Global Health & Social Justice MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Applications for this programme are now open. Information on our post-graduate SSHM bursaries is available here. More information on other postgraduate funding opportunities at King’s can be found here.

Who is the programme for?

The growing movement for global health seeks to address inequalities in health, disease, disability and medical care internationally. This innovative graduate programme is designed for those seeking high-level skills in the critical analysis of the drivers of global health inequalities, the politics, practices and ethics of the global health movement as well as and the efficacy of alternative approaches.

The MSc in Global Health and Social Justice is ideal for recent graduates and global health professionals, policy makers and shapers, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organizations, and anyone wishing to develop a more rigorous understanding of the field. It builds capacity for critically assessing the practices required to address global health from the perspective of social justice.

Part-time and PG Certificate/PG Diploma options

 All of SSHM Department Master's programme can be studied over one year on a full time basis, or over two years part time. Students can also follow an abbreviated 60 credit Postgraduate Certificates (PG Cert) and 120 credit Postgraduate Diplomas (PG Dip).  Students enrolled on the PG Cert complete the two substantive modules, and students enrolled on the PG Dip complete all taught elements of the programme but do not submit a dissertation. 

Why does it matter?

The appalling inequities in mortality, disease, disability, and medical care between and within countries as well as global regions result from a complex mix of social, economic and political factors. Medical and health care advances are often extending the healthy lives of the wealthy few, yet millions sicken and die for want of basic health and social facilities, often hampered by ineffective and non-responsive political systems.  The increasing acknowledgement of social determinants of health moves the scope of analysis and action much beyond medicine and healthcare policy.

From the World Health Organization to multiple NGOs, global pharmaceutical companies and the new generation of philanthropists, the global health movement is growing. It is challenged by a variety of grass roots movements that start from different premises and advocate very different practices of intervention. Improving global health requires a new generation of individuals who understand the many complex dimensions of health, healthcare, and global institutions and processes as well as who can reason ethically about the many difficult moral dilemmas present.

What is unique about this programme?

- An emphasis on social/global justice and the development of key critical skills for analysis, research, policy development and the ethical assessment of health and disease inequalities.

- Taught by internationally recognised experts within a world-leading Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, drawing on the unrivaled strength of King’s College London across disciplines including sociology, anthropology, cultural geography, gerontology, political philosophy, ethics and political science.

- Provides the opportunity for advanced social science analysis of key issues, such as psychiatry and mental health, ageing, war and trauma, pharmaceuticals, pandemics and biosecurity, and the political economy of health.

-Builds on the Department’s close collaboration with the King’s Centre for Global Health and the King’s Regional Institutes, particularly Brazil, China and India.

- Taught in the heart of London, at the Strand Campus on the banks of the Thames, with immediate access to organizations and agencies relevant to global health and to London’s key cultural activities. 

What will my timetable look like?

 Full-time students will typically take these modules.  Please note* this timetable is indicative only and may change for the 2015/16 academic year.

 

Term 1 (late Sept – Dec)

Term 2 (Jan – April)

Term 3 (May)

Tuesdays 10.00-13.00 (2014*)

Critical Global Health

 

Thursdays 10.00-13.00

Foundations of Social Science, Health & Medicine

 

Fridays 10-11

Small discussion groups for Foundations course

Tuesdays 9.00-12.00 (2015*)

Global Health Ethics

 

Thursdays 15.00-17.00

Designing Qualitative Research

 OR

Thursdays 12.00-13.00, 14.00-15.00

Quantitative Data Analysis – Lecture & Lab

 

Optional Modules:

Ageing in a Global Context

Biology of Ageing

Other optional modules -- see SSHM module list and consult programme director for options outside the department.  Optional modules may change year to year.

Optional Modules

 

11-15 May 2015, 10.00-17.00

Researching Vulnerable Populations

Data Management & Manipulation

 

Part-time students will typically take these modules.  Please note* this timetable is indicative only and may change for the 2015/16 academic year.

 

Year 1

Term 1 (late Sept – Dec)

Term 2 (Jan – April)

Term 3 (May)

Tuesdays 10.00-13.00 (2014*)

Critical Global Health

 

Tuesdays 9.00-12.00 (2015*)

Global Health Ethics

 

 

Optional Modules

 

11-15 May 2015, 10.00-17.00

Researching Vulnerable Populations

Data Management & Manipulation

 

Year 2

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Thursdays 10.00-13.00

Foundations of Social Science, Health & Medicine

 

Fridays 10-11

Small discussion groups for Foundations course

Thursdays 15.00-17.00

Designing Qualitative Research

OR

Thursdays 12.00-13.00, 14.00-15.00

Quantitative Data Analysis – Lecture & Lab

 

Optional Modules (1)

Ageing in a Global Context

Biology of Ageing

Other optional modules -- see SSHM module list and consult programme director for options outside the department.  Optional modules may change year to year.

 

Completion of dissertation

 

Please note that modules may take place on different days and at different times in different years.

 What kinds of jobs do graduates get?

Though it is a new programme, our recent graduates have gone on to attain strategic positions influencing global health in government, voluntary and non-governmental organisations.   Some students are also going onto pursue doctoral studies and take up research and academic posts around the world.

 

We work closely with the Careers Office to support students in enhancing their employability. The SSHM Careers Consultant offers one-to-one consultations, and we organise special Careers "Spotlight" sessions inviting guest speakers from relevant careers to speak to our students. 

How do I find out more?

For more information or an informal discussion about the programme, contact the Programme Director.  sridhar.venkatapuram@kcl.ac.uk.

 

Information on bursaries can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/bursaries.aspx

 

 For information on SSHM events, see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/events/index.aspx and for student extracurricular activities, see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/study/londonfieldtrips.aspx

 

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