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Global Health and Social Medicine BA/BSc

Taught jointly within two of King’s world-leading Departments, the BA and 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.

The focus of our BA is on making a difference through social science; while the BSc includes a focus on bioscience. The latter is taught in collaboration with King's world-leading School of Bioscience Education, with the opportunity to specialise in one of three pathways: ageing, neuroscience or pharmacology. Both provide you with the strong foundations you need to pursue careers in global health and social justice. 

The Global Ageing, Health and Policy iBSc course is a multidisciplinary programme covering ageing and older age through the study of demography, social policy, sociology and health science. The course will improve your understanding of ageing populations and the ageing process, including current social and health policy issues, and the implications of ageing for individuals and societies.

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.

UCAS Code Apply direct to King's
Duration One year

Global Ageing, Health & Policy Intercalated BSc course at King's College London

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UCAS Code L510, L512 (with a year abroad)
Duration Three, or four years with a year abroad

Study BSc Global Health & Social Medicine degree in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King's College London

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UCAS Code L511, L513 (with a year abroad)
Duration Three, or four years with a year abroad

Study BA Global Health & Social Medicine degree in the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy at King's College London.

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