BSc in international health starts at Leeds
- By: Nick Emmel
A new intercalated degree in international health is running for the first time this academic year (2002-3), run by the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds.
The degree is the second of its kind in the country; University College London's is now in its second year. The course was set up as a direct result of efforts by MedSIN (Medical Students International Network) who are campaigning for international health to be a compulsory part of the undergraduate curriculum by 2005.
International issues are often not dealt with in medical degrees. Yet many lessons can be learnt from the way health is dealt with in different countries and regions of the world.
Studying the context in which health policies are developed and health care is delivered helps medical students to understand issues such as patterns of health and inequalities in healthcare provision. Insights from international health provide invaluable