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Global public health

This module will provide a wide overview of global public health issues, challenges and responses at local, national and global levels, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and other global health policies.

Dates and times

This course is delivered entirely online. Pre-recorded materials will be available a week in advance and will be complemented with live online seminars every Friday afternoon for an hour (12-1pm) for 12 weeks.

Online live Induction

  •  30th January 2023, 11am-12pm (link will be sent closer to the day).

Online live seminars

  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th February 2023
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March 2023
  • 21st, 28th April 2023
  • 5th May 2023

Seminar attendance is encouraged but it is at your discretion to attend live or watch the recorded seminars at your own time and pace.

In addition to the pre-recorded materials and live seminars you will need to study independently and prepare for the seminars if required. You will need to commit about 130 hours for this throughout the course.


The full cost is £833. The deposit cost is £50.

Please ensure you can commit to the scheduled dates as unfortunately we are unable to give refunds.

If you would like to take the course assessment to obtain 20 credits at level 7, there is an additional fee of £250.

St Mary's University alumni receive a 20% discount.


This module will allow students to develop a critical understanding of the drivers that have resulted in global health risks, especially different health outcomes between high- and low-income countries.

Students will learn about measures of global burden of disease and how these can be used to understand global health challenges and health disparities between countries in terms of communicable and non-communicable diseases. They will learn strategies to analyse and evaluate global health challenges and responses, and develop a critical appreciation of the health system and policy levers that can be used to improve health outcomes.

They will also learn about the role of international agencies (e.g. World Health Organisation, World Bank, UNICEF) and how these articulate with the work done at a national and local level, and how coordinated global action is required to tackle many of the most pressing global health challenges.


The optional course assessment is critical evaluation report and a group presentation.


A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject such as health promotion, public health, medicine, nursing or allied health, health-related studies (e.g., psychology, nutrition), social sciences, biosciences, sport science, and environmental health. 

Undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be considered.

Applicants with two years of relevant non-certified learning and professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as relevant extracurricular activities or volunteer work will also be considered.

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent)

How to apply

Please complete the application form to apply for this course and forward references and evidence to supporting your application to


Students will receive a certificate of attendance. Students who opt to take the assessment and pass will also receive transcript detailing 20 credits at Masters level. 

Please note that the transcript will follow once internal and external quality assurance processes have been completed. Credits may be transferred onto existing masters degrees at St Mary’s University.

For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321