Master's Programme in Global Health

Academic year 2021/2022

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The Master's 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 overall aim of the Master's Programme in Global Health is to provide a deeper understanding of the current challenges in global health and prepare the students to take an active part in Agenda 2030 and beyond, as implementers and/or researchers. Building on scientific research and the diverse experiences and backgrounds of students and teachers the programme will provide a transdisciplinary perspective to the field of global health. Departing from a focus on women's and children's health the programme strives to incorporate multiple topics relevant to global health, including nutrition, migration, implementation science and health systems strengthening.

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 different parts of the world.
You will gain basic knowledge in global health, and pave the way for courses focusing on women's and children's health, global nutrition and migration. You will have the opportunity to choose different topics within global health or to conduct a field study or an internship at a relevant organisation. Throughout the programme you will receive teaching and training in research methods for global health, preparing you for the Master's thesis you will undertake during the last semester.

Student profile
You have a strong interest for global health. You possess an education in health, medicine or nutrition and/or work experience within one of the above mentioned areas. You might also have a background within development work connected to global health. Because of your experience you are expected 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 capable to communicate your ideas and thoughts very well 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.

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The programme leads to a Master of Medical Science (120 credits) with Global Health as the main field of study.


The Master's Programme in Global Health consists of four semesters. 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 migration. 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. The semester ends with a focus on applied research methods.

During the third semester you have the opportunity to choose your own focus within the course. You can choose from some of our or other departments' in-depth courses, or you can 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 this period there is a possibility for international exchange.

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, 30 credits
Master's Thesis in Global Health, 30 credits

Learning experience

Teaching in the Master's Programme in Global Health is based on international health research and will be presented by researchers from our own department and visiting Swedish and international researchers. Our lecturers have extensive experience of global health work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Teaching consists of a mixture 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's Programme in Global Health enhances your career opportunities in fields such as research, project management, disaster response within the global health arena. There are job opportunities within governmental, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations, nationally and internationally.

Once you receive your Master's degree you have a good foundation for further PhD-studies.

Based on the recent alumni survey, the majority of our students found an employment within six months after finishing the programme within the field of global health. Our alumni work at various institutions, such as University of Gothenburg, Region Uppsala, Karolinska Institutet, University of Cambridge, University of Cologne, University Hospital of Cologne, Queen Mary University of London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, World Health Organisation, International Committee of the Red Cross, Health Poverty Action, Heartland International Health Centers, African Population and Health Centre. Many of our alumni have also either completed or are currently doing their PhD studies.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fee. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one or two programme-specific documents: 1. an Application Summary Sheet (click to download the form); 2. document(s) and/or letter(s) of recommendation certifying your previous experience (if applicable).

Master's Programme in Global Health

120 credits

Autumn 2021, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 15 January 2021

Application code: UU-M3556 Application

Language of instruction: English

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
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on a total appraisal of previous university studies, professional experience and engagement in global health, as well as a statement of why you want to study this programme. You should therefore fill the programme-specific Application Summary Sheet form and submit it in your application.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


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.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290,000

Contact and further resources

Is this programme right for you?


For programme specific information, please contact the course administration:

For general information about Master's studies in Medicine at Uppsala University, please send an email to:

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Department of Women's and Children's Health

MTC-house, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14 B, 2nd floor

Uppsala University Hospital, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden

Programme start and registration

Registration to the first course Global Health 1 (3PE145) and the Master's Programme in Global Health
Please send an email including your full name and birth date (year-month-day) to, no later than August 18th.
Subject line: Registration Global Health 1.

The registration will be carried out by the course administration 10 days before the autumn semester starts. The autumn semester and the course Global Health 1 starts on August 30th. The registration is done by the course administration upon email request from the admitted student.

Course and Programme start: August 30th, 2021, at 10.00 - 12.00 (CEST). Compulsory attendance - online through Zoom.

The first day on the Master's Programme in Global Health and on the course Global Health 1/course module Introduction to Global Health 15 credits is a mandatory session which you need to attend. The first course module, Introduction to Global Health will run online (August 30th until October 24th).
Please ensure that you have access to a stable internet connection with high bandwidth, a camera, a microphone, and a device to connect (laptop, tablet or phone). This is a requirement to actively participate in the online sessions. If possible, it is good to have an extra device available if your primary device stops working unexpectedly.   

As of now, the teaching for the remaining course modules in the course Global Health 1, from October 25th until the end of the autumn semester on January 16th, 2022, will be held on campus only.