Macquarie's new postgraduate course specialises in development studies and global health

Macquarie's new postgraduate course specialises in development studies and global health

The Master of Development Studies and Global Health (MDSGH) course is a cross-disciplinary program that brings together expertise from the Department of Anthropology, Human Geography, and other disciplines across the University.

Unique approach to teaching and learning

According to Dr Aaron Denham, Lecturer from the Department of Anthropology and MDSGH program director, the course is unique because of its combination of coursework and applied research experience. Only few programs within Australia and abroad offer this kind of integration.

Denham says, "The program is committed to research and teaching at the intersections of anthropology, development studies, human geography and global health. The research focus enables students to gain valuable hands-on experience in ethnographic or social impact assessment methodologies - both increasingly sought-after skills in global health and development careers within government, NGOs, private sector, and research and multilateral organisations."

From theory to practice

Students of Master of Development Studies and Global Health will take foundational classes in development, research methodology, medical anthropology, and applied anthropology, choose a specialisation in Development Studies or Global Health, then complete an applied, research driven project. Students will gain experience with this project from its initial formulation to completion.

The Global Health specialisation will teach students the theories and methods for understanding the complex ways health and disease intersect with culture, society, history and political-economic forces, while students who undertake the Development Studies specialisation will learn the diverse theories, methods and relationships that seek, analyse, and/or bring about targeted change in the lives of people around the world.

Denham adds, "The program offers a space for students to frame and practically address the social, cultural and political-economic dynamics within development, humanitarian and global health practice, and how these dynamics coalesce and affect people's lives."

Better career opportunities

In the global health and development fields, employment opportunities increase for those who possess at least a graduate degree and field experience (work and/or research) and have a region and topic of focus. Many development, humanitarian and health organisations require a postgraduate degree for advancement.

Graduates of Master of Development Studies and Global Health program will be able to provide analysis and recommendations regarding community and development projects, feasibility studies, reviews, evaluations and social impact studies for development projects. They will also be qualified to participate directly in field research, and development, humanitarian and human rights field projects.

The Master of Development Studies and Global Health course will give students the competitive edge to pursue careers in government, non-government, humanitarian, disaster relief and multilateral aid organisations, or in groups concerned with human rights, indigenous issues, migration, or women's development programs. MGHDS graduates may work as in-country field consultants, or in immigrant or refugee assistance organisations and lending agencies that work in developing countries.

Designed for students coming from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the MDSGH course is suitable for graduates with social sciences, behavioural, or health science background, or for those with work experience as a development professional, social worker, or health professional. This new course is for people who envision themselves as someone who will be successful in immersing within the MDSGH program's cross-disciplinary dialogue, practice-based learning, and application of theory to development and health challenges.

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