MSc Migration, Culture and Global Health Policy

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About the course

Today’s globalised world is marked by high levels of migration. There are an estimated 232 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants and these figures are on the increase. Every seventh person in the world is a migrant. This global flow of people is clearly linked to diverse health risks, both to the migrant and to the communities that they move to. The risks to health are not uniform but vary according to the type of migrant (internal and international migrant, refugees, migrant workers, trafficked person, etc), and to features of the migrant population such as gender, ethnicity, class, and legal status.

This degree considers this vitally important area of the public health of migrant and their communities across the globe, a subject as yet rarely addressed in dedicated teaching. It explores migrant and diaspora communities and the ways that health within these communities is related to social, political, economic, and cultural factors. Students discuss the range of health and well-being factors faced by migrant communities and identify ways in which better health can be achieved for all.

Drawing from existing aspects of global health teaching at QMUL, this programme aims to meet the need for those working in public health and public policy to have a better understanding of migration and health. It will appeal therefore to medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers, among others.

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