Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 3 years
Dr James Millard
BSMS, University of Sussex, Falmer
T: 01273 877889
There are several key strengths that make BSMS a unique place to study Global Health:
To effectively address the wider determinants of health, individuals need to have an understanding of disciplines as wide-ranging as epidemiology, statistics, economics, anthropology, and politics. At BSMS, we draw on expertise from across the University of Brighton and University of Sussex to offer a vibrant programme that enables students to build a solid foundation in knowledge and skills.
We work closely with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), one of the world's leading organisations for research on international development, and with the Sussex Centre for Global Health Policy. BSMS students have the chance to study optional modules with these institutions, and learn about the current challenges in policy and practice.
The MSc dissertation project provides students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience of global health research and policy-making processes. With established links with Brighton-based non-governmental organisations (e.g. AIDS Alliance, Target TB, Health Partners International) and overseas partners (e.g. Lusaka-Brighton Link project, Podoconiosis Control Initiative), student research has the potential to inform current work in global health as well as improving future employment prospects.
The Global Health department at BSMS is emerging as a national leader and was recently made a Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research, one of only five institutions in the UK. Professor Mel Newport and Dr Gail Davey have recently been awarded several prestigious research grants, including MRC/DfID/Wellcome Trust-funded randomised controlled trial of podoconiosis treatment in northern Ethiopia and MRC-funded mapping of podoconiosis susceptibility genes. As well as learning skills fundamental to academic success (such as writing proposals and grant applications), students have the opportunity to be involved in existing research projects.
For the MSc dissertation project, students can choose to do primary research, secondary data analysis, literature review or policy analysis. Several 2011-2012 MSc students have given oral and poster presentations at national conferences, and are writing up their findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
The BSMS Global Health courses prepare students for careers in academic global health, national or international policymaking, and project management in the charity sector.