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King’s College London: Teaching tomorrow’s population health professionals to thrive in a globalised world

In the face of a pandemic, the inadequacies and inequities of public health systems were exposed. To protect the public from future outbreaks, we need to better understand population health and primary care, social sciences and policy, epidemiology, statistics and health economics.

Professor Vasa Curcin grasps this task well, which is why he is one of two faculty members leading the Principles of Health Informatics module at King’s College London.

“You will learn about different ways to represent medical knowledge and how it is used to capture patient data in Electronic Health Record systems, and to develop digital tools such as clinical decision support systems to improve patient outcomes and health systems,” explains Curcin.

Understanding these digital technologies and interventions – most of which have increasingly become part of routine medical research and practice – allows aspiring public health professionals to thrive in a globalised world. Think about commercial decision support tools embedded into the electronic health records, Metadvice or analytical dashboards like Imosphere.

It’s a new module that teaches students to develop their informatic skills, understand artificial intelligence in medicine, and master the international classification of diseases. Completing this module allows you to personalise medicine and consumer health informatics.

Navigating public health problems, evaluating interventions

Multiple factors shape various public health issues, including geography and politics. As such, understanding the problem is part of the solution.

“In this module, we will enable you to be informed by practitioners or public health scientists of strategic and policy interventions in the field of health promotion,” says Dr. Jamie Murdoch, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Health who leads the Health Promotion and Health Improvement module together with Dr. Lisa McDermott and Professor Seeromanie Harding.

Picture exploring the health of individuals and communities in a broader social-cultural context, identifying ways to develop public health interventions that reflect these contexts, and considering different methods for evaluating interventions for tackling complex public health problems. These are the key lessons that define this module.

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Ninety-three percent of the research done by the School of Life Course and Population Sciences is classified as “’world-leading” or “internationally excellent,” according to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. Source: King’s College London

Why public health professionals choose King’s

Step foot into King’s, and you’ll discover excellence in every sense of the word. It is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. These qualities complement a strategic vision that focuses on educating the next generation of global changemakers who are self-motivated, dedicated to serving and committed to driving global betterment through research.

Its School of Life Course and Population Sciences tackles Population Health differently. Based across King’s Guy’s, Waterloo and St Thomas’ campuses, the school houses over 160 experts who work with patients and communities to research and understand how to improve the overall health of populations, and reduce inequalities in health.

They operate alongside King’s Health Partners in London, across the NHS, as well as in Somaliland, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo through their Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships. The school has ties with the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London.

Thanks to a well-connected school, students have opportunities for experiential learning via collaboration with local in-country teams on their dissertations.

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The School of Life Course and Population Sciences – based across King’s Guy’s, Waterloo and St Thomas’ campuses – houses over 160 experts. Source: King’s College London

Contributing to society as a King’s graduate

Pair exceptional research with strong academics and students are set to take both industry and academia by storm. The School’s postgraduate taught programmes are some of the world’s finest, such as the Women and Children’s Health MSc, Master of Public Health, and Global Health MSc.

Exceptional research groups like the Biomedical Informatics Research Group sees informaticians, clinicians, psychologists, and computer scientists come together to research the role of data and knowledge in public health care. Their core area of interest lies in the concept of the Learning Health System – associated with a growing field of “learning systems” that blends knowledge acquisition and process improvement.

Each programme is integrated with clinical service and research, as well as primary care and the community. For instance, students pursuing the Women and Children’s Health MSc programme receive multidisciplinary teaching and dedicated training.

Regardless of their educational background (biomedical, clinical, allied health professionals), they develop an academic and contemporary understanding of the biological and environmental influences related to pregnancy, as well as the lifelong physical and mental well-being of women and their infants.

There’s no denying that King’s reputation, rankings, research and central location make it the perfect destination for those keen on spearheading change for the greater good. Click here to find out how you can become a proud member of this renowned institution’s impressive community.

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