The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls family doctors "our rising stars of the future". This reflects WHO’s renewed commitment to build family medicine as a specialty across all regions.
Strengthening family medicine has been recognized as a key component of achieving Universal Health Coverage as part of the Sustainable Development Goals to which every country committed at the last United Nations General Assembly.
This degree aims to build on this momentum for strengthening primary care by developing competent family physicians who are empowered to become leaders and advocates for the future of the profession.
The programme will equip students with the skills to become expert family physicians whose approach will provide continuous, coordinated, comprehensive and cost effective care build around an understanding of the patient in the context of the family and the community.
A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent). The programme is particularly well suited to those working in low or middle income countries with a commitment to continued working in rural poorly resourced areas.
Applicants will be considered who are in a profession allied to medicine or have relevant work experience in a clinical context.
Distance and Flexible learning
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Edinburgh Medical School