Today’s globalised world is marked by high levels of migration. There are an estimated 214 million international migrants and 740 million internal migrants and these figures are on the increase. This global flow of people is clearly linked to disease transmission and to vulnerability to health risks of immigrant population. The risks to health are not uniform but vary according to the type of migrant (internal and international migrant, refugees, migrant workers, trafficked person, etc), and to features of the migrant population such as gender, ethnicity, class, and legal status.
This programme will consider this vitally important area of the public health issues related to migrant communities across the globe, a subject as yet rarely addressed in dedicated teaching. It will address the nature of migrant and diaspora communities and the ways that health within these communities is related to social, political, economic, and cultural factors.
It will discuss the range of health problems faced by migrant communities and identify ways in which these problems can be solved. It aims to make students aware of how in today's globalised world, high levels of migration are clearly linked to disease transmission and to vulnerability to health risks of immigrant population. It will highlight how the risks to health vary according to the type of migrant and to features of the migrant population such as gender, ethnicity, class, and legal status. In particular, drawing from existing aspects of global health teaching at QMUL, it will address the social, political, and economic factors that have a strong bearing on access to health for migrant communities.
This programme aims to meet the need for those working in public health and public policy to have a better understanding of migration and health. It will appeal therefore to medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers among others.
On completion of this course, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to work in health and public policy at local, national, and international level, and in governmental and international bodies and NGOs, or undertake further postgraduate research.
This programme will:
assess the important role that culture plays in determining health outcomes by focusing on several ethnographies of migrant communities
consider the range of health problems faced by migrant communities in host countries
explore relevant theoretical themes by considering international case studies of mental health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and risk perception and lifestyle
International Student Requirements:
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here:
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.
For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.