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A picture of a world map showing the 56 countries that students have come from to study the MSc IHTM

Course description

Video: what is the MSC IHTM course and who would be eligible to apply for it?

View transcript:  MSc IHTM explainer

IHTM prides itself on the quality of teaching. We are continually looking to innovate our content and delivery. We are privileged to have impressive and committed teachers contributing to the course. We are proud to have received numerous awards for our teaching, from the Oxford University Student Union as well as the Medical Sciences Division.

The MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine (IHTM) is a full-time one-year multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme examining major challenges to the health of populations in resource-limited contexts. The course embraces the breadth and complexity of global health challenges facing resource-limited settings, and equips candidates with the tools and awareness to contribute to innovative solutions.

The course aims to develop students':

  • capacity to lead and work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle health challenges in resource-limited settings;
  • ability to apply an ethical approach to address inequities;
  • foundational skills in research techniques applied in the analysis of global health challenges;
  • capacity to critically appraise evidence in global health;
  • skills and practical experience in research.

          Upon completion of the course, students can continue to advance their knowledge, understanding and skills further in research or professional practice in the field of global health. Our graduates have gone on to leadership and research positions within institutions in their home countries and with major international health organisations. We currently have a growing alumni network of 152 students from 54 different countries and a broad range of disciplines from anthropology to engineering to medicine. 

          IHTM is already having a global impact. The health professionals who have completed the course are using the skills they learnt during the MSc to shape health policy especially in LMICs. 

          We currently have alumni in:

          • Ministries of health in Liberia, Fiji, East Timor, Bangladesh, Japan, Pakistan, Brazil, Seychelles and Thailand

          • International organisations such as WHO, PAHO, FAO, WFP, World Bank, UNDP, MSF, UNICEF

          • Research institutes in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mexico

          • Further study at Oxford, Cambridge, UCT, among others.  

          Alumni publications