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Online MSc Primary Care

University of Glasgow
2.5-6 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree

Program description

Primary Care

Health care across the world faces major challenges due to the increasing demands of ageing populations and the rise in non-communicable diseases. Strong and effective primary care (also known as family medicine or community medicine) is a key part of the solution. This MSc Primary Health Care will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to make a difference to primary health care in the 21st century.

Our Primary Health Care program will give you the skills you need to propose, develop and implement sustainable strategies that will help to address rising rates of chronic illness and complex care needs.

To give you as broad an experience as possible, our interdisciplinary team of lecturers cover health inequalities, multimorbidity, chronic disease, treatment burden and migrant health. Internationally renowned guest speakers also feature alongside the University of Glasgow staff.

Students come from a wide range of primary care, family, community, and internal medicine disciplines, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, managers and those working in health care and health policy. Thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of the program, you will benefit from sharing your interests and experiences with students from other health care programs.

By the end of the program you'll have all the skills you need to critically appraise evidence and apply a population approach to your work. As part of your project research, you will also have an opportunity to explore novel ideas or particular areas of interest, under academic supervision.

Admission requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honors degree or equivalent in a healthcare or related discipline from a recognized institution. We will give individual consideration to applications with a lower degree classification or without a degree if the applicant has extensive work experience in Primary Care, Community Health, Public Health, Health Policy or another related field.
  • If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. Please contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

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Program content


  • Epidemiology, Evidence and Statistics for Primary Care
  • International Primary Care Principles and Systems
  • Project
  • Research Methods


  • Improving Access to Mental Health Care
  • Health Economics
  • HTA Policy and Principles and Systems
  • HTA in a Global Context
  • Data Science
  • Globalization and Public Health
  • Health Promotion: Principles and Practice
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Understanding Evidence for the Real World
  • Cardiovascular Disease Management in Primary Care
  • Management of Long Term Conditions
  • Cultural, Social and Biological Determinants of Mental Health
  • Mental Health Promotion across the Life-span
  • Themes in Global Mental Health

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarship options, please visit the university website. 


Program outcomes:

On successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Appraise policy and assess its contribution to population health
  • Apply principles of epidemiology, statistical analysis and health improvement in the field
  • Identify, analyze and apply social, economic and environmental theories to improve services
  • Assess and debate explanations for the persistence of public health inequalities
  • Evaluate initiatives to improve overall population health
  • Explore models of disease causation and design strategies to mitigate risk
  • Review evidence, interpret data and employ research methods to meet current public health challenges

The overall aim of the program is to help you identify and implement strategies to enhance quality in primary care. In particular, the program aims to:

  • Equip health professionals and others with the intellectual and practical skills to apply a population approach to their work, whether that involves public health, general practice, primary care, nursing, health service management or other professions
  • Provide a grounding in the principles and values of primary care across different health care settings
  • Enable graduates to rigorously engage in and contribute to current debates around the future delivery and organisation of primary care
  • Prepare graduates for challenges facing health systems globally, including ageing populations and increasing multimorbidity, health inequalities and resource constraints

Career opportunities

Graduates have the capacity to take a lead role in primary care, family practice and family medical development, whether in Scotland, the UK or internationally. Post-award opportunities include further study, leadership roles in primary care teams, secondment to positions within government, teaching positions and sitting on editorial boards of academic journals.

About this institute

University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

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Contact info

University of Glasgow

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G12 8QQ Glasgow
United Kingdom

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