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The Global Health BSc is a 1-year course for undergraduates from medical and other relevant undergraduate programmes. It was launched in 2010, in response to a group of motivated students (mainly from MEDSIN) approaching one of our now course directors for an in-house Global Health BSc.

What is global health?
Despite major improvements in health, there are still large disparities across the globe. Academic Global Health is a relatively recent area of scholarship that focuses on inequalities in health and the increasing interconnectedness of the determinants of heath. To enable the study of such diverse issues, the field includes different disciplinary perspectives from epidemiology and public health to a range of social sciences (economics, sociology, anthropology). 

Course aims
Our alumni follow a range of career paths, from academic medical and surgical trainees, to academic careers in Epidemiology and Public Health, and research or policy work including in third sector (e.g. NGOs and think-tanks). The Global Health BSc aims to support undergraduate students who wish to develop the knowledge and skills to become future leaders in Global health or related areas of research, policy or practice. It also enables trainee doctors who wish to develop a better understanding of their clinical context to gain a skillset which will support an academic career in parallel with their clinical career.


Who is this course for?

We welcome applications from the following students:

  • Medical students (Imperial College Year 4 or external medical students in 3rd year or above)
  • Biomedical Sciences students in their 3rd year of study
  • Students from other relevant disciplines (dentistry, veterinary science or other)

Course structure

The course comprises a two-week introductory foundation course followed by three 5-week taught modules, and subsequently either a research project or a specialist course (10 weeks) depending on each student’s preference.


Will a Global Health BSc help my career?

Global Health is an area of scholarship and practice that has become increasingly recognised over the last decade. Students on the course gain a solid grounding in the International Public Health approaches to Global Health and an introduction to the range of disciplines that contribute to the scholarship. They also gain transferrable skills including research skills and critical thinking skills. However, we hope that the course provides most of all an opportunity to learn about an important area of study.

Our students tell us that they enjoy the course and a common comment is that the course opens their minds. Often students feel motivated to act and engage further in Global Health research and advocacy.

Our alumni go on to a range of training and work positions:

  • Clinical Medicine: many of our medical alumni go on to become doctors with a Global Health related academic research portfolio
  • International public health academia (e.g. through a Masters and PhD)
  • Positions in Ministries of Health, Civil Society organisations, and think tanks

How to apply

Please visit the main BSc Intercalated page.