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Radcliffe CameraProgramme Code: TM_HATH1

Course Director: Dr Proochista Ariana

International Health and Tropical Medicine (IHTM) is a full time one-year multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme examining major challenges to the health of populations in resource limited contexts. The course is embedded within the Oxford Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, and benefits from the Centre's reputation and expertise in Global Health research and practice. The course also benefits from collaboration with the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NDOG), the Department of Paediatrics, the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) as well as the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE), among others. Moreover, students are encouraged to participate in the broad range of world class scholarship across the University.

Our MSc provides candidates with a foundation in qualitative and quantitative methods, health economics, health policy and systems analysis with an integrative problem-based curriculum. The first term will consist of core topics on research methods, an overview of some major global health challenges, and topics related to the research and practice of international health. Core modules include:

  1. Paradigms and Tools for Global Health (epidemiology, statistics, health economics, social science for health, health systems and policy analysis)
  2. Challenges and Change in International Health
  3. Global Health Research and Practice

During the second term, in addition to some continued core content, students can select two of the following six options for further study:

  1. Vaccinology (in collaboration with the Jenner Institute)
  2. Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (in collaboration with NDOG)
  3. International Development and Health
  4. Development, Environment and Health
  5. Case Studies in Field Epidemiology
  6. Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Disease

tropical medicine MSc students in the lab

The third term will involve a funded eight week placement with a global health project in a resource limited setting. This will then form the basis of an independent 10,000 word dissertation.

The MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine offers a unique opportunity to examine the breadth of global health challenges facing populations in resource limited settings and equips students with the range of skills necessary to contribute to innovative solutions. We expect our candidates to eventually assume leadership roles in global health - be that in governments, non-governmental organisations and/or academic institutions.

Applications and Admissions

Selection criteria

  1. Academic record (MD or BA BSc at least equivalent of 2.1 in UK university in a relevant field); Relevant fields include all allied health professions degrees, any basic science, international development, international relations, human geography, anthropology.
  2. Experience of global health issues including at least one year's experience in a resource limited context. The one year's experience may include all work related to health but also work with government and non-governmental organisations related to health (such as water and sanitation) and in educational roles.
  3. English language proficiency at the higher level.

How to Apply

group of people interviewing

Candidates should provide a standard CV, official transcripts of any previous university-level degrees, a short statement (1 page) on why you wish to do the course and three referees. We also require an English language test (IELTS Academic or TOEFL) for all those for whom English is not their native language.

Details on how to apply.

Fees and Funding

We encourage eligible candidates from resource limited contexts to apply. We currently have scholarships from the ExxonMobil Foundation for the academic year 2018-19. We are in the process of procuring further scholarships to ensure a diverse representation.

More details on our fees and funding.