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This programme is designed to enable those with a personal, academic or professional interest in global health to study a variety of related subjects and join colleagues and fellow students in a global community.
The programme is invoiced at course level, allowing you to pick and choose your curriculum content, and manage your learning within flexible 5 or 11 week teaching blocks, which are offered at fixed time periods across the academic calendar.
An undergraduate degree with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). Some courses benefit from a scientific background although this is not an entry requirement. Applicants who fall below these entry requirements but have relevant work experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
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The closing date is 22 August 2014 for all applicants wishing to enrol upon the GHS certificate for session 2014/15.
However, students who would like to study for Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) should note that they can apply for their course of interest up to 1 week prior to the date that it is due to commence.
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.
Applicants for PPD should indicate as part of the application which course(s) they are interested in taking. Alternatively please get in touch with the programme team.
Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:
The programme is structured to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge base in various aspects of global health.
The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and this is reflected by the wide range of courses it is possible to study within the programme.
Possible subjects include:
The courses are taught entirely online with extensive use of discussion forums in which students are encouraged to debate relevant issues with course tutors and colleagues.
This is a postgraduate certificate for students from a diverse professional background but with a common interest in global health.
The programme is modular, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied; students may choose to study one or more individual courses or complete a sufficient number of course credits to be awarded the certificate.
It takes between 12 and 36 months to complete the certificate.
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.
We value interdisciplinary debate on our courses and effective, professional communication skills form an important part of the outcomes of the programme.
Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in international and national organisations that manage global health issues.
The courses we offer reflect the range of research and teaching interests of our academic staff and promote discussion of significant issues relating to Global Health - whether human, animal or environmental.
These are credit bearing courses which run for either 5 or 11 weeks at a time; and upon completion can 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.
Further details of the potential for transfer to one of our host programmes can be found on the programme website:
This article was published on Apr 22, 2014