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Welcome to MSc Global HealthNon Communicable Diseases

Congratulations on your offer! This new online MSc programme draws together multidisciplinary expertise from across the University of Edinburgh to deliver first class teaching through distance learning. The global burden of disease is shifting: noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, mental illnesses and chronic respiratory diseases now account for 60% of all deaths globally, 80% of which are in low- and middle-income countries. These diseases disproportionately impact on the poor and vulnerable within all societies, they threaten socioeconomic development and destroy the health of millions. Through this innovative, flexible, online distance learning programme, the University of Edinburgh Global Health Academy is seeking to educate a generation of NCD champions: individuals from across the globe who have the knowledge and skills to lead the fight against NCDs. The course has been designed with working professionals and hard-pressed health systems in mind: because the programme is delivered entirely online, students can combine studying with work commitments. We look forward to welcoming you to the programme Dr. Liz Grant –Programme Director


Programme Delivery

Study commitments The programme is delivered using an innovative blend of online learning opportunities supported by online learning environments. The programme is designed in such a way that, with access to the internet, you will be able to study at the times and in the places that suit you best. The programme will involve mixed teaching approaches, including independent study and reflection, as well as online discussion and group project work. During term time, you should be prepared to spend an average of 20 hours a week engaged in course materials, be that reviewing lecture notes and case studies, interacting with fellow students and the programme team on the discussion board, researching areas of interest or preparing assignments. As this is an online course there is plenty of flexibility in terms of choosing when and where to study, as well as the pace at which you work.


Programme Structure The MSc in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases runs over three years part time Year



Postgraduate Award


Compulsory / elective core modules (10 or 20 credits


Certificate in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases


Elective modules (10 or 20 credits)


Diploma in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases


Written reflective element (60 credits), includes courses in research methodologies


MSc in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases

Students will be required to complete the core modules within a 12 month period in order to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases. A Diploma in Global Health: Non Communicable Diseases will be awarded after 2 years of study and the accumulation of 120 credits from years one and two. Assessment in the first and second year will be based upon written and online assessment (for more information refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page) For students to be awarded a Masters in Global Health: Non communicable Diseases they will have successfully completed years one and two with the accumulation of 120 credits before the production of a Dissertation worth 60 credits in the third year of this programme.


Programme Director Profile Dr. Liz Grant Senior lecturer in Global Health and Development

Current Research Involvement Primary Lead for international palliative care in the Community Health Sciences Primary Palliative Care Research Group Involved in pioneering and testing innovative qualitative longitudinal research approaches to gain in-depth understanding of patients' and carers' needs and wishes in the last year of life both in local and international context: Scotland, Kenya and Zambia. Diana, Princess of Wales Palliative Care Initiative: Evaluation of the impact of the Palliative Care Initiative on individuals and their families in 3 country programmes in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. Analysis of best practice for provision of accessible and non stigmatising HIV service for African communities living in Scotland to ensure Programme development needs assessment for development of Family Medicine training in low income countries ( Malawi) Lifelong Medical Education Online in Malawi (CI Professor David Dewhurst) Building on the unique skill set and resources available in e-learning and clinical education in Scotland, create in-country capacity to develop and use contextualised digital teaching and learning resources to support undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development of doctors, nurses and clinical officers in Malawi Full publications profile available here


Key Staff Profile

Dr. Ruth McQuillan, Research Fellow

My PhD was focused on characterising genome-wide homozygosity and investigating its association with quantitative traits. I have continued to do some work in this area, in addition to working on a study investigating the genetics of multiple sclerosis in Orkney and Shetland. I am just starting work on a new project, assessing levels of vitamin D deficiency in these populations. In addition, I am seconded for part of my time to Edinburgh University Global Health Academy to work on establishing a new distance learning Masters course in Global Health: Non-communicable Disease. SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Mascalzoni D, Janssens ACJW, Stewart A, Pramstaller P, Gyllensten U, Rudan I, van Duijn CM, Wilson JF, Campbell H, McQuillan R. Comparison of patient information and informed consent forms of five European family-based studies in genetic isolated populations Eur J Human Genet 2009: in press McQuillan R, Leutenegger AL, Abdel-Rahman R, Pericic M, BaracLauc L, Smolej-Narancic N, Janicijevic B, Franklin CS, Polasek O, Tenesa A, Farrington SM, MacLeod AK, Rudan P, Hayward C, Vitart V, Rudan I, Wild SH, Dunlop MG, Wright AF, Campbell H, Wilson JF. Runs of homozygosity in European populations. Amer J Hum Genet 2008: 83: 359 – 72.


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Congratulations on your offer! We are here to provide any advice and support that we can to make sure your journey to the University of Edinburgh is a pleasant one. If you have any queries or require any advice please do not hesitate to contact us and we would be happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you to the University and City of Edinburgh Kind Regards Barry Connolly Customer Relationship Manager Postgraduate Office College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The University of Edinburgh Programme Contact Details

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