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About the Global Health & Social Medicine

Why Global Health & Social Medicine? Because health and illness are more than medical matters

Illness is a human experience, yet it is not always treated equally. This is because illness is shaped by social, political and economic conditions. Cultural beliefs and values also play their part, as well as systems of language and meaning.

Inequalities in medicine and health are increasingly global issues. Presented through research, policy and practice, these inequalities have a profound effect on individual human lives, and social and political relations worldwide.

The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (GHSM, formerly known as the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine) is a unique interdisciplinary department founded in 2012. We are ranked within the top 10 sociology departments in the UK.

Our mission is to address the changing landscape of health and medicine from a social science perspective. We explore the complex social determinants of health, illness and ageing, and the ways in which advances in biomedicine and biotechnology are changing expectations on life and health and the nature of medical practice. 

What we offer

The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine's research outputs are rated number 2 in the UK and100 per cent of the impact of its research is judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Bringing together social scientists, biomedical researchers and clinicians, we offer a portfolio of research-led teaching at postgraduate and doctoral levels and a flagship undergraduate programme.

We equip students with the skills required for a wide range of careers across disciplines in the health services; government and NGOs (from public health to environmental protection and urban planning); and the commercial medical and health sectors. 

We undertake the highest quality research on social science, which is both transdisciplinary and transnational. Our work also engages creative interactions between individuals and groups across King’s College London and beyond.

Grounded in a knowledge of history, law and philosophy, our internationally-recognised expertise, consultancy work, and contributions to policy development are utilised by a myriad of organisations. These include community groups, transnational organisations and more.

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Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

Truly interdisciplinary courses; bridging the divide between biomedical & social sciences and…

Master's courses

Postgraduate study

We are proud to present an exciting suite of internationally-focused, interdisciplinary master's…

PhD study

PhD study

We welcome applications to join our lively and mutually-supportive community of doctoral students.

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In line with the university’s wider Equality and Diversity statement, the Department is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity for all of our students, staff and visitors. We aim to nurture a collegial, mutually supportive and committed culture among staff, students and visitors. We are committed to providing and promoting an environment in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment. We are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse work and learning environment. All students and staff are treated equitably and are not accorded less favourable treatment because of age, marital/civil partnership status, sex, disability, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, religious or political beliefs and transgender status. The Department is committed to enhancing the work-life balance of all staff in relation to caring responsibilities and other issues affecting well-being.