Global Health Challenges PgCert, PgProfDev (Online Learning)
The University of Edinburgh
1 - 2 year
GBP 6,370 / per year
23 Aug 2024
Earliest start date
09 Sep 2024
The programme will utilise the particular expertise that The University of Edinburgh and its global partners offer in global health including its medical, nursing and biomedical excellence.
- This programme is 1-2 years online part-time study
- After taking this programme, graduates can also take two further postgraduate certificates in Global Development Challenges and Global Environment Challenges. Completion of all three certificates leads to an MSc in Global Challenges.
- This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy
What to expect at The University of Edinburgh
As a student within the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, you will join more than 7,000 students studying a range of postgraduate programmes. Following the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, our vet school and our medical school were both among the UK top five, ranked by research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions REF 2021).
Your postgraduate experience here will be supported and enhanced by the wealth of resources and opportunities we offer. We are committed to delivering high-quality, innovative teaching. The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience.
The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 15th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
We have designed the programme to help students have a better understanding of the big global health challenges in the world and to equip students to better respond to these challenges whether in jobs in development, industry, health and social care, the charity sector, journalism or international relations.
The Certificate in Global Health Challenges is one of three certificates (the other two being Development and Environment) which together make up the MSc in Global Challenges.
This Certificate takes a different lens than many other health programmes, aiming to equip those already working at the intersection of global challenges, or those interested in working in a job concerned with how health is changing across the world. The Certificate will give you insight not only into global diseases and their drivers, but into how human health, and the health of the climate, the land, the soil, the air, forests, oceans and rivers are interconnected.
It is an excellent stand-alone Certificate for anyone who is considering a career with global agencies, international or national organisations or charities concerned with what drives ill health and ways to respond to the complex web of health challenges. You will gain an understanding of the ways health is changing globally because of the climate crises, of how conflict destroys health gains and how health challenges can trigger conflicts, of the ways that the global systems we take for granted, the food system, our health systems and its services, the energy system are interlinked.
Students have come from, and gone to work in many different fields including:
- global aid and development
- international business in the health and social care fields
- Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability
Though focusing on health challenges, it isn't necessary to start the programme with a background in healthcare.
On completion of this certificate, you will have an understanding of the processes and procedures by which the global health agenda is shaped.
You will also possess the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to critically evaluate the nature of global health issues and to understand the interconnectedness of health with social, environmental, psychological and economic determinants.
Graduates will gain the knowledge and skills required for pursuing a career within:
- global health agencies or national health services concerned with the global health challenges facing communities
- industry and business
- social, economic and political thinking and institutions
Our recent graduates have gone on to work in academia, and national and intergovernmental organisations (for example, EU, UN) in senior advisory and managerial roles.
The programme is delivered using an innovative blend of online learning opportunities supported by online learning environments.
It will involve:
- online discussion
- group project work
- online lectures delivered by world-expert leaders
- occasional synchronous sessions
- independent study and reflection
The programme comprises two 20-credit core courses and 20 credits of elective courses.
The core courses for 2023-24 are:
- Global Health Challenges: an Introduction
- Evaluation of Global Health and Development Programmes
The elective courses offered in 2023-24 include:
- Maternal and Child Health in a Global Context
- Migration and Health
- Leadership and Management in Public Health
- Global Challenges in Healthy Ageing
MSc Global Challenges
After taking this programme, graduates can also take two further postgraduate certificates in Global Development Challenges and Global Environment Challenges. Completion of all three certificates leads to an MSc in Global Challenges.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Global Health
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) supports students living and working in listed Commonwealth Countries. Every year the Global Health Academy makes an application to the CSC for scholarships, some of which are available for Global Challenges MSc applicants. Please watch this site for updates on scholarship opportunities.
The scholarships cover tuition fees and are awarded to outstanding candidates who are committed to ensuring that their study is impactful to their country.
Successful applicants will benefit from the University's Global Academy network.