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Global Health, Social Justice and Public Policy MSc

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Global health issues can’t be solved with a medical mindset alone. Studying at King’s College London, you’ll unpick the most pressing global health challenges. You’ll examine their diverse political, economic, social and cultural contexts, focusing on social justice and equity. Discuss health metrics with our quantitative researchers. Learn about global health governance from our legal specialists. Explore the lived realities of illness with our anthropologists. Understand how political economy shapes those outcomes from our international relations team. Covering topics such as inequalities in preventable mortality, disability, climate change, reproductive rights, pandemic preparedness and access to health care across countries, it will help you to develop advanced skills in the critical analysis and possible solutions for global health inequalities. Learn from leaders You’ll learn from academics carrying out cutting-edge research that guides decision-making in policy and practice. Reflecting their diverse expertise, this degree covers everything from pandemic preparedness to climate change, from reproductive rights to preventable mortality. Together we’ll discuss vital questions: How do global health emergencies happen? Why are certain solutions prioritised? What inequalities become apparent during global pandemics? While developing your expertise in these areas, you’ll also boost your research skills and employability. For our stand-out internship module, past students have worked with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), Public Health England, Age UK, and more.

Key benefits

  • Learn to think critically and independently about fundamental issues in global health, social justice and public policy, and the interaction between them.
  • Carry out an in-depth research project with support from a supervisor that specialises in your area of interest. We support you with bespoke training sessions which will leave you feeling confident to do this.
  • Shape your learning with opportunities to study health measurement, global institutions and governance, social determinants of health, philanthrocapitalism, evidence-based medicine, and more.
  • Add hands-on experience to your CV with our internship module and opportunities to work as a research assistant within this department (subject to availability).
  • Learn from our latest research in a range of areas, from global health ethics to international law, ageing and health, biological weapons to pandemic preparedness.
  • Broaden your horizons with interdisciplinary study. Choose from modules from other schools and departments including the centre for global health and health partnerships, geography, and law.

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Employability

By the time you graduate, you’ll be confident thinking critically and handling large amounts of data. You’ll also write with clarity, which will be vital if your role involves drafting policy documents.

Completed an internship as part of your studies? With hands-on experience, you’ll have the edge over competitors when applying for roles in this area.

Graduates from this course have gone on to the following destinations:

  • National and international NGOs (community outreach and engagement officer e.g., MSF, Peace Corps Senior health support agent, country director).
  • Policy work (public health policy analyst World Health Organization, national ministries of health, charity sector).
  • Academia (doctoral researcher, editorial work for journals such as the Lancet).
  • Private sector and public private partnerships (e.g. Gates Foundation, pharmaceutical research and development).
  • Health care (general practitioner, psychiatrist, hospital administration).
  • Our graduates work for a diverse range of organisations including the NHS, Pfizer, and not-for-profit organisations like Malaria No More UK and Plan International.

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Employability

By the time you graduate, you’ll be confident thinking critically and handling large amounts of data. You’ll also write with clarity, which will be vital if your role involves drafting policy documents.

Completed an internship as part of your studies? With hands-on experience, you’ll have the edge over competitors when applying for roles in this area.

Graduates from this course have gone on to the following destinations:

  • National and international NGOs (community outreach and engagement officer e.g., MSF, Peace Corps Senior health support agent, country director).
  • Policy work (public health policy analyst World Health Organization, national ministries of health, charity sector).
  • Academia (doctoral researcher, editorial work for journals such as the Lancet).
  • Private sector and public private partnerships (e.g. Gates Foundation, pharmaceutical research and development).
  • Health care (general practitioner, psychiatrist, hospital administration).
  • Our graduates work for a diverse range of organisations including the NHS, Pfizer, and not-for-profit organisations like Malaria No More UK and Plan International.

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