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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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Global Health PG Diploma (Online)

Our online courses have been developed for people working in the humanitarian sector or for those wishing to enter this field. They enable students to work anywhere in the world and still obtain the highest quality postgraduate education.

The course lasts for 12 months in total with each of the 4 course units comprising 8 weeks of teaching followed by 1 week of assessment. Students complete each unit 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 units.

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, for example politics, history and anthropology
  • the analytical and policy literature concerning the related issues of global health. To include 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
  • different research methods and approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting data

Entry requirements

You should have completed the online PG Certificate in Global Health (PG Cert) at The University of Manchester and have graduated with an overall average of 50% or higher. Each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made.

Study details

The curriculum comprises an orientation to learning followed by 4 x 15 credit modules as detailed below:

  • Disaster and Crisis Management
  • Management and Leadership in Health and Humanitarianism
  • Diseases and Trauma in Developing Countries: understanding an ongoing global burden of disease
  • Research Methods in Global Health


  • £2,100 ( for entry in September 2018)
  • Entry points: September

How to apply

To apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Health (PGDip) applicants must be current/past students of our Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health (PGCert). Applicants ought to express their interest in progressing to the PGDip by emailing: