New MSc in Public Policy and Global Health
The School is excited to announce the launch of an MSc in Public Policy and Global Health at Durham University. This research-led MSc celebrates and underpins the rapid expansion of the Centre for Public Policy and Health in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Joining our internationally renowned staff are Professor Ted Schrecker of the Bruyere Institute in Ottawa, Dr Michele Castelli, and several young enthusiastic researchers and educators. Together with a realignment of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing, these appointments signal the commitment of the University to becoming a centre of excellence for research and education in pursuit of global health and wellbeing.
Our new MSc adopts a multidisciplinary international approach to exploring global public policy and health issues and developing the skills needed to address them. It deepens understanding of key issues of our times regarding the importance of the basics of life such environment, food and food policy, and approaches to sexuality. It especially seeks to develop the acumen and impact of students as future leaders within national and international organisations fostering population health and wellbeing through effective and ethical policy and practice. Places are available for the 2013-14 academic year.
Our innovative integrated health programmes provide inter-professional postgraduate education and training in a supportive learning environment informed by research. Students successfully completing our programmes will develop a critical understanding of specialist areas in health as well as advanced skills in working collaboratively, creatively and effectively in health related disciplines.
Our taught courses use the English NHS as a model for examining and comparing medical education, health policy, public health and the management of health care provision in different systems and how these can be improved. International students are encouraged to examine and critique their own country's systems and approaches against this model. Through seminars and discussions all students learn from each other as well as from course experts. In this way every student, whether UK-based or from further afield, gains an international education at the forefront of professional education and health system improvement.
All our programmes are underpinned by world class research. Most of our staff and Postgraduate Researchers are Fellows of the Wolfson Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing, a multidisciplinary research institute engaging in research on health and well-being in developed and developing countries. The School is also in a unique collaborative arrangement with other research institutes within the University, such as the Institute of Advanced Studies, and local and regional healthcare organisations including the NHS and North East Public Health Observatory. Together these research bodies offer students an unparalleled opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and skills at the cutting edge of local and global health issues.
The postgraduate community at Queen's is growing rapidly, particularly in health and pharmacy related studies. The School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health is currently home to approximately 94 staff, 37 PhD and 38 taught postgraduate students working and reading in research on health, medicine and the environment, and the links between them, and upon regional and urban regeneration. Our postgraduate population consists of a diverse and inclusive community of students from the local region, wider UK and across the world.
Wolfson Research Institute of Health and Well-being
Fellows within the Wolfson Research Institute of Health and Wellbeing undertake cutting edge research in medicine, health and the wellbeing of people and places, with a special interest in the people of the Northeast of England. They contribute to the teaching of the taught masters courses, play a key role in strengthening academic and practitioner links across the region and contribute to policy formation and implementation within the University, across the region and nation. Through our unique collaborative agreements with the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, we offer highly inter-professional contact and access to the application of the principles taught on our courses.
Institute of Advanced Study
Is a prestigious, ideas-based Institute which brings together some of the world’s finest researchers from every discipline to examine themes of major intellectual, scientific, political and practical significance.
Learning Environment at Queen's Campus
Our programmes are delivered at the Queen's Campus in new, contemporary, purpose-built premises on the banks of the River Tees, Northeast England, which contains excellent laboratory and computing facilities, a specialist teaching library, dedicated postgraduate study areas, student residential accommodation and leisure and water sport facilities.
Durham University's educational provision is underpinned by a belief that students and staff engaged in the delivery and support of learning, teaching and research supervision are members of the same community of academic practice. Our communities of practice are made distinctive by the collegiate and international nature of the University and our commitment to educational excellence and reflective practice.
The University offers a student-centred approach to education that places you at the centre of learning, teaching and research supervision. As a student you will be supported by the University to develop as an independent learner, taking increasing responsibility for your own personal and professional development, and thereby realising your full potential. Becoming a member of academic communities of practice also promotes the development of the intellectual and personal qualities needed for your future life and employment. At the heart of the University's Education Strategy, therefore, are four interlinked themes that support this student-centred approach.