Global Health, Law and Governance
Global public health has become a subject of study across several disciplines, including biomedicine, political economy, sociology and anthropology, epidemiology and statistics, health services research, and policy studies. Law has also been amongst these, but has rarely been the focus of dedicated study in the context of global public health. Yet legal frameworks and instruments continue to evolve and to shape and influence both the content and delivery of standards and policy goals.
This programme, a collaboration between the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, the Department of Law, and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, analyses the key international organisations and legal instruments that influence national public health policies. It critically examines the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and key international conventions and protocols. This programme will appeal to all those with an involvement in health policy and health systems, eg, medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers. It will interest policy makers who will want to understand the bigger picture about global health and will feature prominent key speakers from the likes of WHO, WTO, and the medical profession.
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:
Introduce students to some of the key international frameworks and instruments in global health Analyse international legal processes and regimes which are leading to global standard-setting and influence over national public health policies.
Focus on pharmaceuticals and international legal instruments across human rights, trade, and environmental sectors that are particularly relevant for public health.
Critically examine the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, and key international conventions and protocols.
Incorporate global governance and global health governance, helping set the frame for how governance interfaces with the making of laws (and also regulatory regimes and treaties) and their enforcement or implementation. Global pandemic surveillance and management, key issues around the control and ownership of viral material used for production of vaccines, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are all examples of important issues in this field.
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.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements.
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.