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International Health BSc
(intercal.) Prospectus
The UCL Centre for International Health and Development (CIHD) at the Institute of Child Health
(ICH) was launched in September 2006 following the amalgamation of the International Health &
Medical Education Centre, the Centre for International Child Health and the International Perinatal Care
Unit. This merger has created an exciting new Centre with extensive expertise in teaching at undergraduate
and postgraduate level as well as a 5* rated research portfolio. The Centre’s vision is to become one of
Europe’s leading academic centres for global health and development through its own work as well as
by expanding links with other UCL departments such as economics, anthropology and social policy.
We welcome intercalating medical students from across the EU to be part of this exciting new Centre.

About the BSc
The International Health BSc is a year-long course for intercalating medical students and was the first of its kind
in Europe to offer teaching in international health issues to medical students from UCL and across the EU.

The content of the course is designed to give students a good understanding of the key principles of health,
globalization, human rights, economic, social and political development and the arguments surrounding
their interactions. The way in which the course is taught, with much interaction between teachers and
students in the tutorials and seminars, means that discussion and debate is encouraged. Within the taught
modules, assessments and the project, students have the freedom to explore areas that particularly interest
them. This flexibility, combined with the diversity of tutors’ expertise makes for a dynamic and varied year.

Each module is led by one or more course tutors that direct the content of the module and lead the majority
of tutorials. Students also benefit from the expertise of lecturers from a wide variety of disciplines: lecturers
from medicine, public health and the social sciences, experts from NGOs and government policy makers.

Module Information
Compulsory modules
CIHD3001: International Health Policy (1 course unit)
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the global health policy environment. It involves analysis
of the key stakeholders in policy formulation and their involvement in changing patterns of healthcare
provision. The role of governments, NGOs, supranational institutions and corporations is examined in the
context of complex global trends in health and health care.

CIHD3002 Health, Poverty and Development (0.5 course units)
This module introduces students to some of the key debates in international development, including how
to deal with poverty, global warming and globalization. The module shows how these debates also underpin
our understanding of why improvements or declines in health occur in different countries. Students
will learn some basic economic theory and a range of political and sociological ideas which help us to
understand the state of the world today.
CIHD3003 Conflict, Migration and Human Rights (0.5 course units)
This course aims to provide students with a basic understanding of recent patterns of conflict and migration
and the normative context enshrined in international humanitarian law and human rights which underpins
the actions and limitations of the international community. It is in this framework that students will analyse
how conflict and migration affect the health of displaced individuals and populations.

CIHD3901 International Health Project (1.5 course units)
All students also undertake a report on a topic of their own choice relating to International Health issues.
The project component of the course is aimed at giving students experience of the creation of an original
piece of work, supported by links with an organization that works on international health issues or with
an academic in an area of particular interest to the student. In the past project supervisors have come from
organisations such as medical journals, NGOs, academic research units and political parties. At the end of
the project, the student is required to produce a 10,000 word report.

Optional Modules
Choice of one from the following:
CIHD3004 Adult Health in Developing Countries (0.5 course units)
In this course students are introduced to key principles of public health through the study of specific
diseases that are prevalent in developing countries. Students learn about the management of these diseases
both at the individual and population levels and the challenges faced in dealing with them in the context of
poverty and migration. Public policy and global campaigns will be examined in relation to these issues.

CIHD3005 Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries (0.5 course units)
The course provides an introduction to the problems facing mothers and children in developing countries.
The seminars address the main causes of child and maternal mortality and the socio-cultural factors
affecting them. Malnutrition, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and the perinatal period are examined in
detail as well as important infectious diseases such vaccine preventable diseases, HIV, malaria and diarrhoeal
disease. The impact of public health programmes addressing these diseases are explored. Seminars include
sexual health and children in difficult circumstances.

CIHD3006 Medical Anthropology (0.5 course units)
Medical anthropology exists in a creative tension between the positivism of biomedicine and the
more interpretative perspectives of social anthropology. This course introduces the student to medical
anthropology through a survey of classical and current issues, concepts and topics with this tension as a
central thread. The general aims of the course are to link illness experience with socio political factors;
understand cultural influences on health and sickness in a variety of contexts around the world; appreciate
the celebration of and resistance to biomedicine in local contexts; develop cultural and personal empathy
through an appreciation of radically different conceptualizations of sickness and encourage greater dialogue
between medical anthropology, public health and medical research.
Application Information
Students who have completed at least two years of medicine at a university in the European Union
and who have enthusiasm for and interest in International Health issues are able to apply. There are
approximately 40 places for this BSc and although the majority will be awarded to UCL applicants, we
will continue to accept external students.

The situation for medical students outside EU medical schools is slightly different. Please contact the course
tutor for more information.

Application forms may be obtained from the Life Sciences Faculty Office, University College London,
Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, to which they should be returned. For the deadline, please see the Faculty Office.

For full details of the application process, please check the undergraduate pages on our website.

All enquiries should be directed to:
Undergraduate Administrator
Centre for International Health and Development
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
WC1N 1EH                                                                                                     Cover image by Dr Alex van Hoogenhouck Tulleken

Tel: 020 7242 9789 x 2433
Fax: 020 7404 2062

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