Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Global Health A2E
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
The Master Programmes Board of the Faculty of Medicine
University degree, minimum of 180 credits in medicine, nursing, nutrition or another area relevant to global health. All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants must have passed Global Health 1 or equivalent.
The goal of the course is that the students will learn from practical experience how to design and carry out research projects in health and will gain the knowledge and skills needed for entrance into research training within the field of international health.
At the end of the course students will be able to:
Plan and design research projects independently
Have knowledge and experience regarding a variety of research methods appropriate to International health
Implement research projects
Analyse and evaluate research results and write a scientific report
Design health research projects under conditions of limited recourses, such as in low- and middle income countries or in humanitarian crises
Have knowledge and sensitivity to do such research successfully in other countries and in transcultural situations
Have developed capacity to write and communicate on a high academic level
The course consists of an individual degree thesis project. Under the guidance of a supervisor and during seminars, the student identifies and reads relevant literature, designs the thesis project, and selects appropriate methods. In particular, they develop further their ability to find and store information from printed and electronic sources. Critique and argumentation will be trained especially within the scheduled seminars.
Every thesis outline must be cleared by the supervisor, and where applicable the research ethics committee, before the research is begun.
In most cases, studies aim at analysing secondary data or policy documents. In extraordinary circumstances, the project involves data collection conducted in the field.
Degree projects in global health are expected to focus on a health issue in a low- or middle-income country, in a humanitarian crisis, or in a marginalised population, or deal with topics that are of a global concern, like emerging disease threats and antibiotic resistance. Topics should relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030).
The completed work is presented in a written master's thesis. The work is also presented at a seminar.
The learning process is based on seminars where fellow students work are discussed, the execution of an independent thesis project, and the presentation of that project in written and verbal form.
To receive a final grade for the course, the student need to pass a written thesis, a seminar presentation and carry out an opposition of another thesis. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.