University of Leeds secures WHO collaboration


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A centre for international public health based at the University of Leeds has been named as a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre.


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The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the School of Medicine, aims to help low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) achieve universal health coverage, by developing research in those countries which makes health systems more transparent and accountable.

Now, the University will support the WHO in delivering its objectives by making use of the Nuffield Centre’s expertise in health in LMICs.

The centre will be working with the WHO, ministries of health and health professionals, including postgraduate alumni, in countries to develop and strengthen healthcare systems through research.

As well as aiming to make health systems more transparent and accountable, the Nuffield Centre will work with the WHO to make research a fundamental part of policy, and to understand the impact of planning processes on health system performance.

The centre has already worked with colleagues in Sudan to assess the country’s health planning system, and has also done work in India to develop core competencies for public health training.

Professor Tim Ensor, director of the centre, said: “This is a fantastic acknowledgment of our expertise in healthcare systems in low- and middle-income countries. We look forward to working with the WHO to help achieve its goals and our staff will benefit greatly from working with them.”

In addition to working in partnership with organisations like the WHO to address health issues internationally, the Nuffield Centre delivers a range of postgraduate programmes focusing on international health. This includes programmes suitable for health professionals with experience of working in the field and/or those wishing to work in the field, or those pursuing a career in international health research.

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With its strong emphasis on research methods training, the MSc International Health is an essential grounding if you intend to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or to study at PhD level.

The Nuffield’s MPH Public Health International provides public health professionals with an understanding of the health needs of populations and how to effectively intervene to strengthen health systems and improve health in an international context.

For those wanting to deal with the management, planning and policy issues facing providers of health services in countries with developing health systems, the MA Health Management, Planning and Policy will help you acquire the skills necessary for building new health services and improving existing ones.


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One of only two UK programmes focusing on hospitals in countries with developing health systems, the MSc International Hospital Management equips you with the skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, accessible and affordable hospital services.

To find out more about the Nuffield Centre, our work or our programmes, please visit the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences website.


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