The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development aims to assist low and middle-income countries to achieve universal health coverage. We seek to understand how health systems operate and what factors influence their effectiveness. We develop and test interventions appropriate to the context to see whether they are effective and cost-effective. We strengthen the capacity of health professionals to use their talents, education and professionalism to work effectively.
The Centre has a well-established and popular portfolio of postgraduate and undergraduate courses. Alongside teaching, our research generates new knowledge to improve the health of communities in low and middle income countries. Our capacity development work seeks to assist policy makers and other decision makers to utilise a range of methods, evidence and tools in order to improve health system functioning.
The programme will:
* Provide an international learning environment, with staff and students drawn from many countries, within which students drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds around the world benefit and learn from their collective professional and cultural experiences
* Offer opportunities to develop the ability to think analytically; a capacity for independent learning; the capability to complete a challenging, extended piece of independent study and an awareness of the importance of and opportunities for continuing professional development
* Offer flexibility, enabling students to attain high levels of professional skill whilst also pursuing individual study interests in a learning environment where research informs teaching with optional module choices and dissertation opportunities reflect shared staff and student research interests.
* Introduce the essential learning skills for postgraduate level study within a structured framework with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study
* Present health and health systems in an international policy context and provide a clear appreciation of the conceptual framework within which public health policy and management is located
* Teach the essential skills required to improve existing and build new health services, programmes and related management systems to improve the public health of the communities amongst whom the participants work with emphasis on epidemiology and statistics and evidence-based public health interventions
* Build upon the core skills and knowledge acquired early in the programme by choosing areas of study from the list of optional modules in specialist fields of public health, planning and management
* Introduce the concept of the Learning Portfolio which strongly encourages a reflective approach to learning and can form the basis of career-long independent learning
* Develop a capacity for independent learning and an awareness of the importance of continued professional development
* Offer the opportunity to plan, initiate, execute and complete a substantial piece of independent research, in the form of the dissertation, within a supportive framework which provides specific research training and preparation for the dissertation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.