The programme defines global health broadly as an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. It has a particular focus on health problems in low and middle income countries (LMIC) and aims to build capacity through research and post graduate training in partnership with academic institutions in collaborating countries. It promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and involves disciplines both within and beyond the health sciences in the training programmes.
The main objective of the programme is to raise awareness of current global/international health concerns and to equip students with research skills and tools to address poverty related health problems in a fair and equitable manner. Students are being qualified to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the health and well-being of populations in low and middle-income countries and to formulate effective and appropriate responses to complex health related issues.
The programme covers 2 years of full-time study, and includes compulsory and elective coursework, research and thesis defence.
It focuses on major health problems in LMIC affecting the most vulnerable population groups, appropriate responses to complex health related issues and health systems challenges to provide universal access to quality health care. The main thematic areas of research are: maternal and child health; nutrition; communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and oral sciences. Through interdisciplinary collaboration it offers research training in epidemiology, clinical and community trials, qualitative research, medical ethics, health economics, medical anthropology and biomedical sciences.
The students will be assigned supervisors at different departments at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry according to the thematic area and research approach selected.
The type of master studies that can be performed include literature reviews, research using existing data sets and empirical studies. For the empirical studies field work should primarily be performed in a low- or middle income populations. As a rule, students from LMIC perform fieldwork/data collection in their home country in collaboration with partner institutions. An exception is laboratory work which may be performed at the University of Bergen in collaboration with partner institutions in home country.