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Global Public Health and Policy MSc

1 year full-time, starting in September 2022

Explore public health from a global perspective, and build your understanding of policy-making to address health inequalities in an applied setting.

This is a new course for 2022 entry (subject to final approval).

This specialist master's course aims to develop your interest in approaches that improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. It's designed to provide you with an in-depth grounding in public health in a worldwide context.

Taking a strong global perspective, the course places public health interventions within different social contexts, with a particular focus on policy.

You will explore the various elements that go into developing, implementing and sustaining evidence-based, public health policy. This will help you gain a greater appreciation of necessary adaptations to suit different contexts, countries and regions.

As you critically appraise public policy in different settings, you will build strong experimental, practical, analytical and evaluative skills.

Utilising our links with leading public health organisations, you will also work with practitioners and groups to develop a research project in an area of particular interest.

The MSc brings together Bath’s internationally-renowned work in applied health research, behavioural psychology, social policy, governance and public policy, international development, health and social care.

You will have the chance to work with academics shaping new thinking and ideas in this field, through centres such as the Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change, the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, and the Centre for Development Studies, as well as the Tobacco Control Research Group.

Each of these has strong links with public health practitioners and health organisations from across the world.

Graduate prospects

With a strong grounding in public health and health policy, you will be well equipped to respond to public health challenges in fast-paced political, media and technological contexts.

You could go on to work as an epidemiologist, health scientist, public health advisor or practitioner, field consultant, global health educator, policy analyst, environmental health practitioner or NGO aid worker.

Your skills will lend themselves to working in government agencies, international organisations, private research, academia, international charitable foundations or other NGOs.

There’s also the option to progress your studies to doctoral level.

2022/23 Academic Year

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, information about courses starting in the 22/23 academic year may be subject to change. We continue to improve your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you apply for a course, please check the website for the most recently published course detail. If you apply to the University of Bath, you will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

We understand that you will want to know more about the shape of the academic year. We work hard and plan for different scenarios, to be able to welcome you to the University of Bath at the start of each semester.

Find out about our approach for a safe campus experience for the current 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Course structure

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2022 and ends in 2023. Welcome week starts on 26 September 2022.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


  • Supervisory team
  • Research project
  • Fieldwork
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Data analysis practical
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Presentations
  • Team Working
  • Thesis
  • Work-based placement
  • Written examination
  • Other

Recognition of professional qualifications

As well as being recognised as a higher academic qualification, a number of our degrees are also accredited by professional bodies in the United Kingdom. An accredited degree may entitle you to work in a specific profession within the UK, and abroad (where there are reciprocating arrangements with professional bodies in other countries).

The requirements to practise a profession vary from country to country. If you wish to practise your profession outside the United Kingdom, you are advised to confirm that the UK professional qualification you seek is valid in the country in which you are intending to work.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding information for Global Public Health and Policy MSc full-time


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying a postgraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. You do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card or bank transfer. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of textbooks.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Global Public Health and Policy
  • Final award
  • Mode of study
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • Home application deadline
    31 August 2022

    We recommend you apply early as we may close applications before the deadline if a course is full.

  • Overseas application deadline
    30 June 2022

    We recommend you apply early as we may close applications before the deadline if a course is full. We may consider late applications but if you need a Student Visa to study in the UK, you will need time to apply for and receive your visa to be in the UK by the start of the course.

  • Application eligibility
    Home and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Course enquiries

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