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Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases (Online Distance Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

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MSc Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases (Online Distance Learning) - 3 Years (Part-time)
PgCert Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases (Online Distance Learning) - 1 Year (Part-time)
PgDip Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases (Online Distance Learning) - 2 Years (Part-time)
PG Professional Development in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)

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Contact information
Cristina Matthews (Programme Administrator)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4152
Liz Grant and Ruth McQuillan (Programme Directors)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 4152
Address: Centre for Population Health Sciences
Medical School
Teviot Place
Central Campus

Non-communicable diseases and illnesses, which includes diabetes, mental illness, heart disease and stroke, cancers and chronic respiratory conditions account for 60 per cent of all deaths worldwide. Around 80 per cent of these are in low and middle-income countries.

This online programme looks at the impact of this burden of diseases and explores how different health systems are tackling these multiple risks with prevention, treatment and care services.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in medicine, nursing, social science, science, biomedicine, or other related discipline. Applicants who fall below these entry requirements, but have relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. You may be admitted to the certificate level only in the first instance.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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How to apply

Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.

The closing date for all applications for session 2015/16 is 24 August 2015.

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Programme description

This is an innovative online distance learning programme that allows you to combine work with gaining a qualification relevant to a pressing global issue. This can enhance your learning experience and working knowledge while rewarding you with a highly regarded qualification.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Programme structure

You can study to Masters, Diploma, or Certificate level.

Year 1: certificate

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Epidemiology for Health Professionals
  • Globalisation and Non Communicable Diseases

Year 2: diploma

You will select from the following range of courses:

  • The Burden of Diabetes in the Developing World
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care in an International Context
  • HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Public Health Systems in the Developed and Developing World
  • Project Management for effective Global Public Health Programmes
  • The Global Burden of Mental Illness
  • Cultivating Communities of Practice: Leadership and Management within Multi-Disciplinary Teams
  • Family Medicine in Developing and Emerging Economy Health Care and its Role in Non-Communicable Disease Management
  • Maternal Health, Child and Newborn Health
  • Global Health Challenges
  • Health Inequities and the Social Determinants of Health
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Research Skills for Public and Global Health

Year 3: masters

You will complete a written dissertation project of 10-15,000 words.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to help you advance in your health career. There is a strong emphasis on leadership and development training and policy, which will help you build, support and manage multi-disciplinary health and social care teams.

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, we offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

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