The Master Programme in Global Health prepares you for leadership in promoting global health. This programme equips you with skills to appreciate and analyse global health problems and to develop and evaluate actions to improve public health. The programme is composed of compulsory and elective courses and includes planning, performing, analysing and reporting an independent research project in the field of global health.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Global Health prepares you for work with global health issues. You, and other course participants from all over the world, will receive knowledge and skills to analyse global health problems and to develop and evaluate interventions in order to improve public health.
Our focus lies within global child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, global nutrition as well as public health issues connected to disasters. The programme is composed of compulsory and elective courses and includes planning, performing, analysing and reporting an independent research project in the field of global health.
During the programme you can expect to:
be able to analyse global health problems.
develop and evaluate interventions in order to improve public health.
study with course participants from all over the world.
field work and internship.
The Master Programme in Global Health consists of four semesters. During the first semester you get basic knowledge in global health and research methods, and pave the way for the second semester's advanced course focusing on global nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and child health. The third semester prepares you for the Master's thesis you will undertake as during the last semester, with courses in research methods and field work. This can also be combined with an internship.
Student profile You probably have a strong foundation in medicine and have practical experience working as a nurse or a doctor. Because of your experience you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their previous experiences and knowledge.
Your social skills are good and you are both able and willing to communicate your ideas and thoughts in written and spoken English. You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas and present them.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about, but working right after graduation is also something you are considering. You like to keep your options open for now.
During the first semester you will get an overview of the field of global health, and touch upon areas such as global nutrition, child health, global health systems, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and public health in humanitarian action. For part of the semester you will also focus on research methods, both qualitative and quantitative.
During the second semester you will have time to focus, and deepen your knowledge within child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, global nutrition and migration and humanitarian action.
During the third semester you have the opportunity to choose a different focus within the course. You will study qualitative and quantitative research methods, do a literature review and you have the possibility to do field research in global health if you want to collect new data for your Master's thesis, or do an internship at an organisation within global health.
During the fourth semester you will focus entirely on your Master's thesis. This includes in-depth studies within a chosen area, report writing and a presentation of the report at a seminar. During the semester you will have a number of group supervisions in the form of seminars.
Courses within the programme
Year 1 Global Health 1, 30 credits Global Health 2, 30 credits
Year 2 Global Health 3, Method, 30 credits Master Thesis in Global Health, 30 credits
Teaching in the Master Programme in Global Health is based on international health research and will be presented by researchers from our own department and invited Swedish and international researchers. Our lecturers have extensive experience of global health work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Teaching consists of a mix of lectures, seminars, group work and assignments. You will get the opportunity to develop your ability to understand, interpret and critically evaluate scientific literature and you practice this by discussing the results and methodology and summarise facts and hypotheses.
The examination consists of written exams, assignments and active participation in seminars and presentations. The programme is given in Uppsala and language of instruction is English.
The Master Programme in Global Health prepares you for work within the global public health arena. There are job opportunities within governmental and non-governmental organisations, nationally and internationally.
Once you receive your Master's degree you have a good foundation for further PhD-studies.
Career support When you are about to finish your studies and want to start planning for your next step in life, you are welcome to UU Careers for support and guidance. You are also welcome to a variety of career activities and events all through your stay at Uppsala University. Of course, the services are free of charge. Learn more about UU career support.
Among the applicants fulfilling the entry and programme-specific requirements, there will be a selection based on their qualifications specified in a merit template. After you have completed your application online at universityadmissions.se, download and fill out the programme-specific merit template. The merit template and all supporting documentation must then be uploaded on universityadmissions.se by 1 February.
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be in medicine, nursing, nutrition, or similar fields relevant for global health.
Language requirements All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies. The minimum test scores are:
IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
previous professional experience.
Please submit a CV.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.