Master's Programme in Global Health

Academic year 2022/2023

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The Master's Programme in Global Health prepares you to play a leading role in promoting global health. You will be equipped 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 and solutions in global health. The programme vill 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, and health systems strengthening.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • be able to analyse global health challenges
  • develop and evaluate interventions in order to improve global health and 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 in global health. You possess an education in health, medicine or nutrition and probably 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 and health. 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 study 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. Previously (2019-2021) we had an Erasmus exchange agreement with Charité Universitätsmedizin i Berlin. Currently, we are in the process of establishing an exchange agreement with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Munich.

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 research in global health 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.

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, and 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 to pursue a career, including PhD-studies, in the field of global health.

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. Many of our alumni have either completed or are currently doing their PhD studies. Following graduation our alumni have found employment at organisations 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
Career support
During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. 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 including documents certifying your previous work experience and courses taken, you also need to submit a programme-specific Application Summary Sheet.

Master's Programme in Global Health

120 credits

Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application deadline: 17 January 2022

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
Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on an overall 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 with 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 for admitted students
To be registered to the Master's Programme in Global Health and the first course Global Health 1 (course code 3PE145), please send an email including your full name and birth date (year-month-day) to, no later than August 17th.
Subject line: Registration to 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 29th.
Course and Programme start
On campus Uppsala, August 29th, 2022. This is a compulsory session that all students need to attend. Attendance will be taken during the programme start.
If you are on the waiting list/reserve
If you are on the waiting list/reserve, the department will contact you if you can be offered a place.

Last modified: 2022-05-13