First degree in international health starts in UK medical school
- By: Rhona MacDonald
The International Health and Medical Education Centre based at University College London has started the first intercalated BSc in international health in Europe. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of health and health care in the context of changing global processes and consists of three compulsory and two optional modules plus a project, and compulsory attendance at all seminars. Fifteen (nine of them preclinical) ethnically diverse medical students from seven medical schools in the United Kingdom are currently studying for this new degree.
The centre also teaches three special study modules (SSMs) on global health to first year medical students (globalisation, inequality and health, infectious diseases in developing countries, and maternal and child health in developing countries). It has also just started an international health SSM for final year students to provide them with a general knowledge of global health issues before they go on their electives.