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Structure and Courses

The MSc in Health Policy is offered as a one year full-time or two year part-time programme.

The programme is structured around three main components comprising two semesters of taught courses and a dissertation project. Semester 1 consists of courses designed to equip students with core skills and to introduce key concepts. These prepare students to undertake the more detailed analyses offered by our specialist courses and by a diverse range of electives from across the university during Semester 2. Students are required to successfully complete 120 credits of coursework to proceed to the dissertation, the final and often the most rewarding stage of the programme.

Core course – 20 credits

SCPL11017       Population health and health policy (20 credits)

AND

Additional courses – 100 credits

        A: Select  for the Health Systems pathway:

PGSP11431       Health Systems Analysis (20 credits)

PGSP11364       Health systems: strengthening and reform (20 credits)

                                                             OR

        B: Select for the Health Inequalities pathway:

SCPL11015        Health and human rights (20 credits)

IPHP11002        Social determinants of health and public policy (20 credits)

                                                           OR

       C: Select 40 credits from the following courses, as available for the Health Policy degree (without specialisation):

PGSP11247       Political issues in public policy (20 credits)

PGSP11246       Economic issues in public policy (20 credits)

PGSP11364       Health systems: strengthening and reform (20 credits)

IPHP11002        Social determinants of health and public policy (20 credits)

                                                          AND

Option courses. Select a minimum of 40 credits and a maximum of 60 credits from the
       following courses, as available:

IPHP11009        Globalisation and public health (10 credits)

IPHP11022        Introduction to epidemiology for public policy (10 credits)

PGSP11431       Health Systems Analysis (20 credits)

PGSP11247       Political issues in public policy (20 credits)

SCPL11020        Infectious disease and global governance (20 credits)

IPHP11003        Global politics of public health (20 credits)

SCPL11015        Health and human rights (20 credits)

SCPL11016        Advocacy, lobbying and health policy (10 credits)

                                                      AND

Elective courses. Select a minimum of 0 credits  and a maximum of  20 credits from Level 11 courses in Schedules D, H, J, R and W, as available

Elective courses

Elective courses may be selected from across the wider University, including those offered in other parts of the Graduate School of Social and Political Science and through the Centre for Population Health Sciences. You can find brief details of some popular electives in our programme handbook.

Dissertation

Once students successfully complete the taught courses, they proceed to the dissertation component of the MSc. The dissertation offers students the chance to explore in depth a topic of their choosing relevant to health systems, under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Students can choose a project suggested by staff, which often gives an opportunity to contribute to ongoing programmes of research within GHPU, or they may propose a topic independently. We recognise the different purposes that dissertations can serve and offer a range of projects (literature reviews, policy reports, original research projects) to enable you to make the most of this opportunity. This is a chance to develop a detailed analysis of a health systems issue that fascinates you, and offers good preparation for further academic study and/or employment.

Part-time students

Substantial flexibility is afforded within part time study to enable students to fit participating in the programme alongside work or personal commitments. One popular route is for students to take 80 credits worth of courses in their first year and 40 credits in their second, allowing for the dissertation component to be started as early as April or May of the first year. Please feel free to contact the programme director to discuss options for structuring your studies (sudeepa.abeysinghe@ed.ac.uk).

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