The Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh has been awarded 15 MSc fully funded studentships from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for four online MSc programmes across the domain of One World, One Health namely: Biodiversity Wildlife and Ecosystem Health; International Animal Health; Global Health and Infectious Diseases (formerly Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases); and Global Health and Non-Communicable Diseases.
The studentships offers students a number of online programmes in human and animal health, students enrolled on these programmes become members of the Global Health Academy Community which encourages both intra- and inter-disciplinary engagement and communication.
This initiative cuts across the traditional vertical health structures, shifting the balance from solo programmes to new integrated health systems training.
Our aim is to promote a global community of practice, both for staff and students. For example, in the cases of emerging zoonotic infections, staff and our student vets who are treating these animals will have the opportunity to discuss with medical, nursing and environmental health staff and students who are dealing with the human consequences of these infections.
Students taking these courses find them rewarding in the opportunity they present to engage with professionals from industry, medicine, policy and research.
The standard duration for progression for students on all of the MSc programmes is three years. Within this time frame this initiative will have trained a cohort of sub-Saharan human and animal health professionals in vital skills for health, wellbeing and sustainable economic development.
Our postgraduate programmes are porous in nature allowing students to tailor their academic needs from across our postgraduate portfolio; with electives available in subjects that are classically viewed as outside the expected subject area. In these discussion forums, individuals who work at a local level, benefit by engagement with a global network, and from engagement across disciplinary boundaries.
Most students on our courses are all working professionals: they have a unique opportunity to make real time, immediate differences at a local level, by collaborating in a global community such as ours.
Our final year students are provided with an opportunity to improve their own research networks by collaborating across the Global Health Academy when completing their final year dissertation projects.
This final year period offers the opportunity for students and their employers to interact with academic professionals across the academy, initiating new research partnerships and collaborative opportunities that have manifested in a number of academic publications.
The final year project cycle management course offers an opportunity for those students who have already established themselves as active researchers with a proven academic record to train in ‘Project Cycle Management and Funding Application Preparation.’
It is intended that students completing this 60 credit final year course would be made aware of the various stages required for the preparation of a project proposal, including the incorporation of downstream elements of project cycle management including programme management; monitoring and evaluation (including setting baselines) and impact assessment.
Such training would not only be of direct benefit to the student, but also their employer in terms of gaining an insight into the funding application mechanism and its successful navigation.
The mentoring provided during this final year would help to establish networks that could in the future lead to the successful securing of funding.
The scholarships are open to candidates who are citizens of a developing Commonwealth country and include full tuition fee and includes resources to enhance student participation, access and research skills. This includes participation in Uganda-based summer school; contribution towards student costs of internet access & printing (journal articles, etc); and a contribution to MSc project costs (materials, travel, etc). Lifelong Graduate Council membership is also included.
Prospective students are required to be biomedical, medical, public health and veterinary personnel or have equivalent of a 2.1 honours degree in a relevant bioscience topic. Applicants who fall below the University of Edinburgh entry requirements but have relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The postgraduate Certificate and Diploma may appeal to a wider audience, including persons with appropriate experience from working within the animal or human health sectors.
All courses are taught in English, therefore it is important that students have an adequate command of English in order to benefit fully from their postgraduate study.
If English is not a student's first language they must provide evidence that their spoken and written English are adequate to enable them to cope with their studies.
This article was published on May 30, 2013