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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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Global Health PG Certificate (Online)

We are proud to collaborate with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to deliver this world-class course.

This online course has been developed for people working in the humanitarian sector or for those wishing to enter this field. It enables students to obtain the highest quality postgraduate education whilst maintaining full time employment anywhere in the world. It offer a practical means of study and an inclusive approach which mirrors the reality of interventions within a humanitarian context. All credits earned by students will be transferrable to other academic institutions.

Thanks to my studies at University of Manchester, I am competently engaging with programmatic issues at the community level, national issues of health systems at national level and contributing to global impact through informed advocacy.

Sharon Njobo / Associate Director, Project Management (EMBRACE)

The programme covers issues related to the worldwide improvement of health, the reduction of disparities, and protection against global threats that disregard national borders and is unique in bringing together the study of emergency medicine, disaster management, community health, anthropology and sociology of health and illness in an online format. As such it offers both a practical means of study and an inclusive approach which mirrors the reality of health interventions within a humanitarian context.

Students will have access to leading multi-disciplinary academics and practitioners including Dr Brauman and Professor Tony Redmond OBE (Deputy Director of HCRI) who has led medical teams to sudden onset disasters, complex emergencies, and conflicts for over twenty five years. Tony is also Director of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register which aims to improve training and accountability of those who respond to large scale emergencies overseas.

Course aims

On completion of the course students should be able to show a critical understanding of:

  • key issues and debates related to the practices of global health programming. Students will show familiarity with different theoretical approaches, practical problems and an appreciation of the diversity of policies at international and national levels
  • the range of social science topics which influence global health (including political, historical, anthropological understandings). Students will become familiar with the methodological and normative underpinnings of these disciplines
  • the analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of global health, including economics, governance structures and institutions, the role and perspectives of the state, multilateral and bilateral agencies, international and domestic NGOs and other civil institutions
  • local approaches to global health, including an awareness of the problems and critiques associated with `bottom up' approaches
  • the development of a range of academic and professional/transferrable skills through both independent and group-based work

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

  • Applicants should have a Lower Second Class Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.
  • Applicants who do not have a Bachelor's degree or the overseas equivalent may apply if they can demonstrate (via a personal statement) that they can communicate clearly, are highly motivated, and have experience of prior learning.
  • Reference procedure: Applicants will need to nominate a referee who will be asked to comment upon their suitability for the programme and their capacity for combining part-time study with work related duties. Please direct your referee to the online PG Certificate in Global Health reference form. Please DO NOT follow the guidelines for submitting references which are found in the online application process.
  • Applicants should provide a personal statement of no more than 350 words detailing why you wish to study this course and what you think you will bring to it. Within your statement you should include details of any prior learning undertaken within a professional context

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the iTOEFL with a minimum writing score of 25.

Please contact MASALC@manchester.ac.uk if you are unsure if you have taken what The University of Manchester considers to be a Standard English Language Test.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Study details

Students will be able to engage fully with the programme content, and with their peers, via lectures, discussion boards, group work, online chat, question and answer sessions with the tutor, and through the provision of peer to peer feedback and assessment.

Teaching and learning

The programme will begin with an on-line induction session that explains how the course will progress and how students can fully engage with the curriculum and the online classroom environment. It will set out the key contacts and what each student can expect. Academic & pastoral support will be offered on-line with each student having a personal tutor who will be responsible for monitoring their progression through the programme. A dedicated programme administrator will be responsible for dealing with day to day enquiries.

The course lasts for 12 months in total with each of the 4 modules comprising 8 weeks of teaching followed by 1 week of assessment. Students will complete each module in turn before progressing to the next. The format is designed to be adaptable to the needs of professional students and provides opportunity for reflection between modules.

The programme has been designed to recreate a classroom learning environment in an online format. Students will be able to engage fully with the programme content, and with their peers, via lectures, discussion boards, group work, online chat, question and answer sessions with the tutor, and through the provision of peer to peer feedback and assessment.

Coursework and assessment

All assessment will take place online. Each of the 4 modules will conclude with a selection of various multiple choice and prose-based assessments. Students will also receive feedback and guidance throughout the programme which will enable them to progress and develop their confidence and analytical skills.

Course content for year 1

All modules are convened by existing HCRI staff. The curriculum will comprise 4 x 15 credit modules as detailed below (please note, course units may vary from year to year).

Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience - This module will offer an introduction to public and global health, risk assessments and management, epidemiology, population ageing, the determinants of child survival, and pandemics.

Health Systems and Markets - This module will look at the social determinants of health, the work of civil society organisations, the interfaces between states and economies, organisational change, health financing, urban health, rural access, food security, agriculture, and eradication programming.

Community Approaches to Health - This module will examine issues of psycho-social care, behaviour change, aging, micro-insurance, advocacy, holistic health, HIV, nutrition, breast feeding, hygiene promotion and immunisation.

Ethics, Human Rights and Health - This module will consider the role of gender, health inequalities, dignity, legal frameworks, rights based approaches to health, reproductive rights, Millennium development goals 4, 5, and 6, child rights, and accessing illegal drug users and commercial sex workers.

Course collaborators

IFRC have cooperated closely so that HCRI could incorporate their rich source of practical insights into the course content thus providing students with real life case studies from one of the world's largest social movement.

The course has been developed in close cooperation with the Faculty's e-learning team which will offer on-going support for the programme.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,100

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Scholarships/sponsorships

PGCert funding

HCRI offers a number of competitive scholarships and bursaries for the PG Cert in Global Health.

  • HCRI PGCert Global Health Bursaries - Value: Full fees £2,100.
  • HCRI PGCert bursaries for Red Cross Red Crescent members - Value: Half fees £1,050.

Details of the funding process can be found on the School of Arts Languages and Cultures' funding page

PGDip and MSc funding

 In addition we have a number of fee bursaries for the highest performing students on the PG Cert (first year of the MSc) and PGDip (second year of the MSc).

  • PGCert Progression Bursary - Value: Half fees, £1,050 - for students progressing onto PGDip
  • PGDip Progression Bursary - Value: Half fees, £1,050 - for student progressing onto MSc

These bursaries are allocated based on academic performance and therefore there is no deadline for application.

How to apply

The steps to apply for his programme are as follows:

  1. Fill in the online form to begin your application (note that you only need one referee form, not two as indicated in the central application process)
  2. Provide a personal statement of no more than 350 words detailing why you wish to study this course and what you think you will bring to it. Please submit your personal statement alongside your application and other supporting documentation. Within your statement you should include the following:
    • Why you wish to study the PG Cert in Global Health course
    • What you think you will bring to the course
    • Details of any prior learning undertaken within a professional context
  1. Nominate a single referee who will be asked to comment upon your suitability for the programme and capacity for combining part-time study with work related duties using the tailored online PG Cert in Global Health reference form.

Advice to applicants

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Programme Director, Dr Maura Duffy to discuss the programme in greater detail or to address any concerns prior to submitting their application.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

Students who do not clearly meet the academic requirements may be considered based on relevant professional experience. Applicants who fall into this category should contact onlinehcri@manchester.ac.uk for advice.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Students must meet English language requirements to be accepted onto the programme.