MSc in Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Why study Global Health and Infectious Diseases?

In the past few decades there has been almost one new disease emerging each year and more than 75 per cent of these diseases derive from zoonotic origins. There is now more demand for investment and research to help us manage these diseases better.

This programme aims to address the challenges posed by infectious diseases in the 21st Century by offering you courses in surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases, as well as evaluating how they impact public health.

This is a professional postgraduate qualification for biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel with an interest in global health and infectious diseases.

The programme draws upon the parallels that exist between these diseases, learning from the challenges that exist and aiming to connect individuals to lay the foundations for a global community of practice. Our aim is to provide advanced qualifications for biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel. The course is designed to instruct students in the practice of formulating and implementing strategies and programmes aimed at renewing and strengthening scientific knowledge development and building human capital.

Our online learning system lets you work entirely from your home location while still earning your salary. 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 overview

Infectious Diseases are a global concern and one that particularly impacts on developing nations. The study of the patterns of disease progression in populations, and within hosts, is extremely important in developing nations. Training in the development of effective health policy, health systems design innovation and new research that will impact on heath and improved quality of life for millions.

Course information

Neglected diseases are amongst the most common afflictions of mankind, with one sixth of the global population affected by one or more of these named diseases. These diseases are most commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the low and middle emerging economies in Asia where their impacts are severe. Emerging diseases can strike at any time, regardless of political boundaries or socio-economic status. Global homogeneity resulting from increased trade, travel and transportation elevates the risk of introducing existing infectious agents to new hosts and ecosystems; travel around the world is faster than the incubation period of many of these diseases and more than 1.4 million people cross international borders on flights everyday.  Over the past few decades there has been almost one new disease emerging each year and over 75% of these diseases derive from zoonotic origins.

This Global Health and Infectious Diseases programme draws upon the parallels that exist between these diseases, learning from the challenges that exist and aiming to connect individuals to lay the foundations for a global community of practice. Our aim is to provide advanced qualifications for biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel.  The course is designed to instruct students in the practice of formulating and implementing strategies and programmes aimed at renewing and strengthening scientific knowledge development and building human capital.

The programme is structured to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge base in global health and infectious diseases while ensuring the outputs of contemporary scientific research are appropriately deployed.  Training will be offered in surveillance, prevention and control of emerging and neglected infectious diseases and their impact on public health.  Courses in infectious disease biology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, control and policy in developing and developed nations will strengthen expertise in areas of international health related to food safety, security and risk (e.g. zoonotic infection).

We value the inter-cultural and cross-boundary opportunities for exchange of ideas and knowledge that this programme will generate. We aspire to developing a world wide virtual e-community through which discourse and ideas can be exchanged, enriching the study and understanding of emerging and neglected diseases, thus enhancing the careers of those involved.

Key learning outcomes

This course uniquely offers a marriage of health systems understanding with clinical disease knowledge in a format that empowers workers in their own environments, builds up local institutional capacity, and embeds learning in the students own familiar systems where the knowledge is most needed. The course has at its heart the goal of reducing poverty and is focused in addressing the most humiliating drivers and results of poverty, in particular ill health, physical disfiguration and the destruction of the livestock.

At the end of this three year programme biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel will be able to:

  •     Understand immunology and pathogenesis, disease transmission, public health and epidemiology.
  •     Understand patterns of disease progression in populations, and within hosts.
  •     Apply framework of disease progression to their own their national and local environments – interpret the impact of diseases on societal functioning.
  •     Understand and critically evaluate the rationale for global and local neglect of certain diseases, understand the economic and social cost comparators for interventions.
  •     Be cognisant of emerging research trends and able to engage in innovation and new research
  •     Evaluate present structures of national disease management or health service structure and formulate effective health policy

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