MSc Global Health Systems Theory and Policy

Explore how the principles and practice of effective and fair public healthcare can inform health policy and healthcare systems in national and local settings This course focuses on the theoretical and practical principles of solidarity in healthcare systems. You’ll study the links between health systems and social, political, economic, and cultural issues within countries and themes.

  • Focus on the social determinants of health; the interface between politics and policy and social justice
  • Gain an understanding of competition and trade law and regulation and its application to public healthcare
  • Learn how effective primary care can act as a platform for effective public health action
  • Benefit from strong links to the NHS, local authorities, policymakers and leading international figures in global health
  • Go on to work in health policy and other fields of public health and public policy with a global perspective


At Queen Mary you will have access to a number of advanced facilities, some of which are designated exclusively to postgraduate students. These include:

  • the Blizard Building, which has state of-the-art facilities for students and staff including open-plan research laboratories, office space, a 400-seater lecture theatre and a café, and several seminar rooms
  • a Learning Resources Centre, open around the clock, with 200 networked PCs solely for the use of postgraduate students
  • medical libraries located at The Royal London and Barts hospitals and at the Queen Mary Mile End campus
  • access to the Postgraduate Reading Room
  • research access to the British Library.

Career paths

This programme will be of particular interest if you are a medical and clinical practitioner, a civil servant, public health practitioner, social and political scientist, lab scientist or NGO worker. Our students gain a global perspective and are equipped to enhance capacity and work effectively in multidisciplinary teams on behalf of local populations.

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£22,900 Per Year

International student tuition fee

1 Year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time