Master's Programme in Global Health
The master's programme in Global Health provides an interdisciplinary perspective to global development and health. As a student of the programme, you will develop a range of competencies necessary for promoting global health equality and equity. You will be prepared to analyse and problematize the spreading of unequal health and be able to carry out interventions and contribute to a sustainable future.
The intersection between global and local health is influenced by a myriad of social and biomedical dynamics that must be considered simultaneously for policy- and decision-makers, students, and scholars to fully understand their complexity. Sustainable development, human rights, and power structures related to age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic groups must be taken into consideration. Departing from frontline research, our programme encourages you to think critically and work independently as we incorporate these considerations into our teaching.
An interdisciplinary and collaborative education
In order for you to acquire a broad perspective and the tools needed to address complex global health challenges, the programme integrates theories and methods from four faculties and five departments:
- Department of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy
- Department of Social Work at the Faculty of Social Sciences
- Department of Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law
- Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at the Faculty of Humanities
- School of Global Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences
The courses therefore present and condense major global health challenges and their governance from the perspectives of biomedicine, public health, international relations, development economics, social work, and anthropology.
You will learn about the global burden of disease, globalization of health care, and global efforts to reduce health disparities, and will be equipped with practical skills and tools needed for mapping, analysing, and creating actionable steps to solve complex global health problems.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and human rights doctrines—including their meaning in diverse settings—plays a prominent role in the courses, and different themes such as global health governance and global health economics are discussed in relation to these goals.
Balancing theory with practice
You will have the opportunity to participate in workshops where you put your theoretical knowledge into practice to be prepared for the independent collection and analysis of data required for your master’s thesis.
The programme is founded on problematization as an approach towards the subject, and provides theoretical and practical skills in order to be able to work in a politico-economic reality in which the aim is to eradicate absolute poverty and to achieve a higher degree of equal health.
The first year of the programme provides a theoretical foundation, and in the second year, there are opportunities to combine theory and practice through a field course in health promotion, an elective internship, and with your master’s thesis
Programme structure and content
The first year consists of four core courses addressing the global burden of disease, globalization of healthcare, research methods, and health economics and interventions:
- Global Health Challenges in an Interdisciplinary Context
- Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
- Governing Health and Illness in a Global Perspective
- Global Health Economics
The third semester offers opportunities to combine theory and practice in a Field Course in Health Promotion and an elective internship. You may also choose other elective specialized courses according to your interests and goals, including the two following recommended courses:
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics with Special Reference to Social Epidemiology
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in At-Risk Groups: Strategies and Methods
The fourth semester is devoted to your master’s thesis. We encourage you to collaborate with a research group or a global health agency, and you will have assistance in planning your work.