Institute for Global Health and Development

IGHD was founded in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary centre for education, research and technical assistance supporting international health development in low and middle income countries.  Staff of IGHD and associated faculty have experience of working in a variety of countries, spanning Eastern Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and South and East Asia.The approach of IGHD is characterised by an emphasis on social and organisational development issues in health systems and international development.  Working in a wide range of partner institutions and agencies - international and local - IGHD seek to promote the study of key issues impacting international health policy and practice.  IGHD has particular strengths in the fields of healthcare human resource development, health economics and systems, reproductive health, women's health, psychosocial interventions, emergency assistance and support to post-conflict societies.The Institute delivers taught programmes for the MSc in International Health, MSc Social Justice, Development and Health, MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health, MSc Health Systems, MSc Human Resources for Health, and allied short courses.  In addition, the Institute responds to requests for the delivery of customized education programmes.  The Institute is an active member of the TropEd Europe consortium which provides MSc courses in International Health across European institutions.Research at IGHD focuses on the interplay of policy and practice within the fields of social development and international health.  Core areas of work include human resource development, AIDS/HIV, health system development and health governance in fragile states; livelihoods and poverty reduction, psychosocial intervention, and gender and health.  Research projects involve collaboration with a wide range of academic institutions and non-governmental organisations across Europe, North America, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. IGHD staff and associates frequently carry out technical assistance on behalf of international agencies.  Technical assistance not only makes a strategic contribution to the international health arena but also informs teaching and research development at the Institute.  The focus for IGHD technical assistance is human resource development in the health sector (particularly in the field of family medicine, nursing and health management); strategies for psychosocial assistance; health sector decentralisation and reform, and organisational analysis, health governance and coordination; and service delivery and coordination by non-state actors.

Areas of Interest

  • Gender Issues
  • Health – Child Health
  • Health – Community Health
  • Health – General
  • Health – Maternal Health
  • Health – Psychological Health
  • Livelihoods

Operational Areas

  • United Kingdom

Contact's Name

Claire McLellan


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Charity Number

SC002750 (Qeen Margaret University)

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