King’s College London Visit (June 6)
by Grant Eustice (St. Olaf College)
The day at King’s College London began with an introduction from Dr. Vaughan Robinson, the Head of Postgraduate Taught Programmes. KCL is one of the top 20 universities in the world and one of England’s oldest. Located in the heart of London, students have access to many wonderful resources, including the London Library and the British Library. King’s is among the top seven UK universities for research earnings. Dr. Vaughan highlighted several distinct courses, including war studies and public health. His powerpoint is attached for more information on graduate studies at King’s College London: King’s College PDF 2016
Following Dr. Robinson’s talk, we toured the university. Two major highlight to the tour included the college’s magnificent chapel and Reggie, the emblematic King’s College mascot.
Following the tour, we heard from Dr. Paula Baraitser, a leading researcher in the field of global health. Dr. Baraitser is the MSc Academic Lead in the Global Health Programme. The programme consists of 180 credits: 80 credits of taught core modules; 40 credits of pathway modules and a 60-credit dissertation.
She highlighted the unique cross-disciplinary nature of the programme, demonstrating a link to the departments of geography, local health care providers, and the department of War Studies. The Centre for Global Health works with local partners to address pressing international issues including cancer, palliative care, mental health and women’s health, and is helping developing countries improve their health care systems.
Within the MSc in Global Health, students choose four core areas among the six offered:
- Poverty and International Development
- Global Burden of Disease
- Research Methods in Global Health
- Global Health in Local Practice
- Health Systems and Policy
- Conflict and Health
Students go on to specialise in one of four settings:
- Global Surgery
- Health Professions Education
- Disasters & Adaptation
- Conflict & Security
For more information, see her attached powerpoint: Global Health at King’s.pptx