McMaster University

McMaster University

Global Health Program

Learn Together. Work Together.

Launched in 2010 to address emerging challenges in globalization and health, the Global Health program brings together faculties of social sciences, health sciences, business and humanities, and links with Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Manipal University in India for a truly international experience.

Over 12 months, you will gain the skills and experience required for leadership careers within key international health organizations, government and non-government agencies, and the private sector.

  • Collaboration in transcontinental teams — You will work in virtual, transcontinental learning pods to gain experience building relationships with peers and tutors across different locations, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Self-management in a virtual work culture — A global skill set demands an entrepreneurial mindset. Web-based learning reflects the challenges of today’s virtual work environments, where accountability and self-motivation are paramount.
  • Cross-cultural intuition in diverse group settings — You will develop strategies to ‘read’ diverse group situations and overcome communication and cultural barriers – interpersonal skills that can only be acquired through practical experience.
  • Incisive decision-making in complex working environments — The program culminates in a simulated international symposium in India, where you and your peers make critical decisions under real-world conditions of time pressure, heat and jetlag.
  • Analysis and evaluation of global policies — Investigating public policies, you will learn how to structure policy briefs, short commentaries and longer papers – essential written communication skills for global projects and complex negotiations.

Work with Peers Across Three Continents

The program follows the 'McMaster Model' – a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning – which has been adopted by universities around the world. But what makes it unique is its transcontinental approach. This immersive learning environment fosters career skills for a globalized world.

The delivery of the program is unique: it is an exercise in blended learning that combines face-to-face classroom experiences within the walls of brick-and-mortar classrooms with student exchanges to Maastricht in the second semester for those who qualify.

Using platforms like Blackboard Collaborate, Google+ Hangouts and Avenue to Learn, scholars deliver their lectures to students in the classroom in McMaster while simultaneously broadcasting it to students in Maastricht and Manipal.

Specialize in a Field of Interest

You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the program's three fields of interest:

  • Globalization and Development
  • Global Health Management
  • Global Diseases

Learn more about the Global Health program curriculum

Maastricht University offers an additional three fields of interest.Learn more about Maastricht.

Be Part of an International Symposium in India

The program culminates in a Global Health Symposium/Field Orientation, held every April in Manipal, India. All students are required to participate. The objective is to consolidate collaboration and decision-making in transcontinental teams. In the symposium, students:

  • Network and gather feedback — Presenting your scholarly paper or thesis proposals, you will gather constructive feedback from Global Health experts, and the peers who will become your future professional colleagues.
  • Experience international work environments — This simulated symposium mirrors the complex international work situations you will face in the real world.
  • Apply cross-cultural intuition — The ability to observe and adapt to different cultural contexts is essential for success in the global workforce. You will learn to draw on this insight to operate effectively in a diverse group setting.

Complete a Global Health Practicum

During the summer term, you will complete a global health practicum that is approved both by your advisor and the program. The practicum requires you to work in an approved public or private organization related to your identified area.

Internship facilitates an understanding of the many facets of real-life implementation of global health and fosters development of innovative ideas, which you can expand upon in your scholarly paper. Students gain valuable experience within organizations that put into practice the theory, concepts, and methods taught in the Master's program.

See the Global Health program's global reach.

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