MSc in Global Health Science

Course Code: 003370

For its MSc in Global Health Sciences, the Nuffield Department of Population Health is looking for students with ideas and vision to tackle some of the major issues facing global health in the coming decades.

On current figures, it is estimated that 42 million people worldwide will die before reaching old age in 2030, and roughly half of those deaths will occur before the age of 50. Of those deaths before 50, about half will be due to communicable disease, mothers’ health and welfare during pregnancy and childbirth, and nutritional conditions. Thirty per cent will be due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer and heart disease and 20% to external causes, such as injuries. In late middle age (50-69 years), non-communicable diseases will account for 80% of all deaths.

Meanwhile, smoking, alcohol and obesity, traditionally viewed as problems associated with "industrialised" countries, are now significant public health problems in developing countries.  Though major challenges, these problems can be tackled. The NDPH has a vision to halve global premature deaths by 2050, so this is an exciting time to be involved in global health research.

With its world-class teaching facility, at a world-renowned university, the NDPH MSc in Global Health Science is looking for top class students who can help make this vision a reality and make the difference to people’s lives.

The MSc course in Oxford will provide core training in the basic skills of epidemiology and statistics, in addition to detailed lectures on the global burden and determinants of disease.  A special feature will be the emphasis on practical application of the taught material and week-long modules in core areas of global health . One session per week will also include a master-class by a local or visiting leading expert in Global Health Science. Although the aim of the course is primarily to prepare students to continue their studies to doctoral level and beyond, the large practical element will enable successful students to establish a career in academia, major international health organizations or in industry. The course takes 25 students per year. 

The NDPH was established on 1 July 2013, and benefits from a wide range of experience from a number of world-renowned research groups and disciplines. This includes the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU), Cancer Epidemiology Unit (CEU), National Perinatal Epidemiology Group (NPEU), Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) and ETHOX. These groups are together responsible for some of the world’s largest population cohorts and randomised trials and produce highly-cited practice-changing research, which continues to have a major impact on international clinical management guidelines (e.g. on statins, aspirin, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, heart failure, serious childhood illness and infections).

If you understand that health research goes beyond national boundaries and is one of the most important challenges facing many developing countries - and you want to do something about it - consider studying for this inspiring MSc.