During the second term, in addition to some continued core content, students can select two of the following seven options for further study:
- Health, Environment and Development
- International Development and Health
- Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases
- Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
- Health Management
This term will also include the public debate at the Oxford Union as well as the visit to the Houses of Parliament where students will present a policy briefs to UK policy makers. In addition, students will be working independently to prepare their project proposals for their third term placements.
The first term will consist of core topics on research methods, an overview of global health challenges, and topics related to the research and practice of global health. Core modules include:
- Paradigms and Tools for Global Health: This module introduces students to the various methods used in global health: epidemiology, statistics, health economics, and social sciences for health
- Challenges and Change in International Health: This module introduces students to health challenges in resource limited contexts and stimulates discussions around innovative and sustainable solutions.
- Global Health Research and Practice: This module covers important cross-cutting topics such as global health research ethics, health systems and policy research, health programme evaluation and outbreak investigation.
The first term has high number of contact hours and facilitates peer learning. There will be numerous group activities both in and out of class. The term also includes several problem based learning assignments to encourage group work and synthesis of information across the modules.
The third term will involve a funded eight-week placement with a global health project in a resource limited setting. Projects (which change from year to year depending on research currently underway) 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. The placement project will then form the basis of an independent 10,000-word dissertation to be submitted six weeks upon return from placement. Students will be provided with media training upon their return from placements to further enhance their communication skills.