Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health

The time to teach useful Global Public Health
is now.

The gap in Health between high-income and low-income countries grows. Life expectancy is 30 years shorter in low-income countries and sadly, progress against infectious diseases is offset by a rapid increase in non-communicable diseases. Of the seven billion people living on Earth, over one billion are hungry or do not have access to clean water and sanitation.

The time to teach useful Global Public Health is now.

Global Public Health


This two-year full-time Masters programme is delivered by the Strathclyde Institute for Global Public Health. The Institute is an innovative research and teaching collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and the International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI) and participants in the MSc programme spend one year studying at each partner institution.

The course explores the major public health issues in the world today and looks at the wide-range of technological solutions that can be exploited to manage these problems.

It is a unique course in that it is not simply concerned with the issues and how they are identified, but it is also about how technologies from across different academic disciplines can be used to create new and innovative solutions to the problems.

Successful completion of 60 credits leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate; successful completion of the full course without the research project leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma, both in Global Public Health.

University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde was founded as a ‘place of useful learning’ and our status was confirmed when we were named University of the Year in the prestigious Times Higher Education Awards for 2012. The Award’s judges described us as a “bold, imaginative and innovative institution” for the quality and impact of our research, as well as our close links with business and industry.

THE-Entrepreneurial-Uni-of-Year-largeThe ideas and insight in our research shape our teaching, giving it depth. Our links to business and industry are essential to the scholarships, internships and placements we offer our students, providing them valuable, practical experience of a working environment. Our students are further given the opportunity to carry out research of their own thus contributing to a rich seam of knowledge which benefits wider society.

Students attend Strathclyde to find solutions to the challenges facing the world today, in areas such as new technology, novel medical treatments, understanding of the global economy and informing public policy.

All of this means Strathclyde isn’t just a place to study and enjoy a first-class student experience – we produce graduates who are ready for successful careers, after gaining the expertise and professional grounding they need for their chosen profession.


International Prevention Research Institute

iPRI was formally established in 2009, with the broad goal of contributing to the improvement of health in populations worldwide.

It aims to increase prospects for prevention through training, education, prevention research and research into causes worldwide with a focus on low and lower-middle income countries.

iPRI premises in Lyon provide public and private sector organisations with independent authoritative evidence and guidance on critical health risk issues.

The iPRI roster of Senior Research Fellows is both eminent and significant. iPRI also works closely with a number of renowned figures from across the globe on a variety of projects.

The international flavour of iPRI activities is reflected in the international nature of the core staff: five nationalities in iPRI Management, six in iPRI Services and 14 among the Senior Research Fellows.


Year 1

Students spend their first year at International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France.

Students develop the background skills, knowledge and mind-set required to tackle global public health challenges. They take the following classes and project:

Global Public Health Challenges

This class introduces participants to the key issues surrounding global public health. It describes how public health issues can be identified using epidemiological and biostatistical research. It introduces some of the issues that have been identified through such research and considers the research methodologies that can be used to further investigate public health issues when they have been identified.

The class develops these areas through study of the following themed topics:

  • Introduction to research methodologies and project management
  • Global health challenges
    • communicable disease
    • non-communicable disease
    • influences of deprivation, ethnicity, gender and environment
  • General principles of
    • biomedical research
    • public health law and ethics
  • Introduction to biomedical engineering and health technology assessment
  • Principles of biostatistics and epidemiology

The final topic links to the Biostatistics and Mathematics and Epidemiology classes (see below). These two classes run in parallel and contain detailed study of the key biostatistical and epidemiological techniques that form an important toolkit for the study of global public health.

Biostatistics and Mathematics

This class introduces the important statistical approaches used in public health investigations and outlines the principles of statistical hypothesis testing and the comparison of variable.

The class develops these skills through study of the following themed topics:

  • Introduction to epidemiological information
  • Probability
  • Random variables: descriptive statistics
  • Sampling methods and survey design
  • Database management
  • Introduction to statistical hypothesis testing
  • Analysis of variance; regression and correlation
  • Introduction to multivariate analysis
  • Survival analysis
  • Meta-analysis and pooled analysis


The use of epidemiological investigation is critical in understanding the causes and impact of global public health problems, and the effectiveness of interventions as solutions to these problems. This class develops an awareness of the various epidemiological applications that are exploited in analysing and understanding global public health issues.

The class develops a deep understanding of epidemiology through study of the following topics:

  • Descriptive epidemiology, disease registration, measures of occurrence
  • Exposure and outcome assessment, including biomarkers
  • Bias and confounding
  • Overview of study design; experimental study, cohort study, measures of association
  • Case-control study, including measures of association
  • Other study designs: cross-sectional study, sectional study, proportional mortality ratio study, case-crossover study, ecological study, including measures of association
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
  • Effect modification, screening
  • Designing and conducting an epidemiological study
  • Reporting and interpreting study results; causal inference

Towards solutions for global public health challenges

In the later stages of Year 1 students will make the transition from an in-depth understanding of major Global Public Health issues to the appreciation of the multitude of potential solutions originating from advances in social, economic, healthcare, technological and political frameworks.

Year 1 concludes with the identification of the topic that will form the student’s Research Project undertaken in Year 2. Students will make contact with supervisors at the University of Strathclyde and learn the basic skills of project planning, research methodologies and literature searching.

At the end of this process students will transfer to Year 2 of the programme at the University of Strathclyde.

Year 2

Students spend their second year at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

During Year 2 students apply the skills acquired in Year 1 to global public health issues with an emphasis on the search for solutions.

Students will have the opportunity to explore these solutions using a range of approaches – from engineering applications to public education and policy development.

Students choose a minimum of two from a list of optional classes, some of which are available within other Masters programmes at the University. This enables participants to interact with students studying public health issues from a different perspective and so acquire an appreciation of the complex interplay of technologies in global public health.

Year 2 Optional Classes

  • Public Health Law
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Pharmacy management
  • Bioengineering
  • Public Health Policy
  • Public Health in Business

Research Project

The final element of the course is a research project in global public health that builds on the groundwork established in the first-year group project.


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