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Course summary

Develop your understanding of international health issues, systems and programmes and policies. Prepare for a career in international health and develop your knowledge and skills to help achieve international development goals and reduce the burden of diseases borne by people in low and middle-income countries. Our course is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited work experience in the sector, looking to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or to study at PhD level. An international community

  • Learn in an international learning environment, with fellow professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise
  • Work with leading experts in international health
  • Tailor your course to your own skills to your own interests with a choice of optional modules.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to build a career within national NGOs and national-level research organisations
At Leeds, you’ll also have the opportunity (dependent on travel restrictions) to take part in a study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations. Our course is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.


Explore and analyse factors that cause inequalities in health status, resources and access to health information and services. Our core modules are designed to provide you with a detailed introduction to the key issues and challenges within international health policy, systems and programmes. You’ll become familiar with the current debates around health, poverty and development. You will also choose from optional modules to tailor your knowledge and skills to your own interests. A distinctive feature of this course is the research project, which allows you to gain first-hand experience of research into health and healthcare systems, usually in an overseas context (subject to government and University of Leeds COVID restrictions). With a strong emphasis on research skills, we will prepare you for a future career in international health, or further postgraduate study.

Assessment method

You will be assessed at the end of each module. The assessment depends on the module but could include essays and group presentations. You will also be assessed on your ability to produce an original research protocol and an assignment in the style of a journal article for your research project.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health-related discipline or equivalent qualification. If your degree is in a non-health related discipline, your application will be considered but is less likely to be successful unless you have significant relevant experience. Alternatively, a diploma in a health-related discipline together with at least three years’ relevant experience. We will give preference to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to international health. English language requirements IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, see our course website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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International Health at University of Leeds - UCAS