Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Underpinned by a commitment to principles of social justice and fairness, this intercalated BSc in global public health will provide students with a public health perspective on today’s global challenges.

Technology and medical science make many promises for the improvement of human health, whether in post-genomic medicine or rapid vaccine production. But today’s global health crises remind us that the root causes of good health lie in political, social, legal, and economic systems. This is a time of growing inequalities and of threats to sustainable development, and the issue of inequality is becoming more important in public, political, and academic debate.

Doctors working not just in public health but all specialties need to understand how to address these developments. By taking a year away from your medical studies you step back to see the bigger picture of global health and get a better sense of the contributions you can go on to make in medicine. You will equip yourself with the tools both to analyse the causes of ill health and social determinants of disease and to use first principles to consider better policy options. Through the knowledge and analytic skills you develop, you gain the critical insights and evidence base from which to advocate on behalf of your patients and communities.

The interdisciplinary programme is taught by academics who are leaders in their field – in public health sciences, law, sociology, geography, migration studies, economics, management, social policy, and clinical medicine – and influential in policy developments in the UK and internationally.

Based in Whitechapel in the heart of London’s East End, the Global Public Health Unit, which is part of the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, brings together leading researchers and teachers in public health policy all of whom share a commitment to reducing health inequalities and promoting universal health care in and beyond the UK. It leads global health teaching in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the first UK medical school to include global health in the undergraduate medical curriculum. It also hosts the Global Health Network, which brings together academics, doctors, nurses and practitioners, and students working on local and global initiatives.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme).
  • Passes in Parts 1, 2 and 3 MBBS (as relevant to the year of intercalation).

Closing date

4 February 2019