Course Content

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In the first term, the course provides an introduction to the breadth of topics in, and methods applicable to global health. The second term offers options ranging from international development to vaccinology. The third term provides students with the unique opportunity to apply their skills and gain first hand experience in a global health project in a resource limited setting. Students will then produce a 10,000 word dissertation related to their third term project.

Michaelmas Term:

The first term will consist of core topics on research methods, an overview of some major global health challenges, and topics related to the research and practice of global health. Core modules include:

  1. Paradigms and Tools for Global Health (led by Dr Caroline Jones and Dr Eric Ohuma): This module will cover epidemiology, statistics, health economics, social sciences for health and health policy and systems analysis. Methodological paradigms in the health and social sciences will be introduced and basic tools provided for each. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to critically review published literature covering a wide range of global health topics and can opt to further their application skills through the third term placement project.
  2. Challenges and Change in International Health (led by Prof Sarah Rowland-Jones): This module will cover some of the key health challenges found in resource limited contexts. Topics will include: water and sanitation; land use, population and migration; climate change; nutrition; vector borne diseases; vaccine preventable diseases; neglected tropical diseases; maternal and child health; non-communicable diseases; accidents and injuries. Upon completion of this module, students will have a broad awareness of the kinds of factors affecting international health, their challenges, solutions that have worked and current efforts to affect change.
  3. Global Health Research and Practice (led by Prof Kevin Marsh): This module highlights some of the important considerations in the research or practice of global health. Topics covered include global health governance, global health research ethics, challenges to research in global health, data management and governance, health impact evaluation, design of disease prevention and health promotion programmes, health programme evaluation, and outbreak investigation.

Hilary Term:

During the second term, in addition to some continued core content, students can select two of the following six options for further study:

  1. Vaccinology (in collaboration with the Jenner Institute)
  2. Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (in collaboration with NDOG)
  3. International Development and Health
  4. Development, Environment and Health
  5. Case Studies in Field Epidemiology
  6. Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Trinity Term:

The third term will involve a funded eight week placement with a global health project in a resource limited setting. Projects represent the range of subjects covered in the course. We have established a series of projects hosted by the Oxford Tropical Network in various geographic regions. Students, with advice from their academic advisers, may choose from the placements available or propose their own placement (providing it meets course guidelines). The placement project will then form the basis of an independent 10,000 word dissertation to be submitted eight weeks upon return from placement.