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Canadian and Netherlands universities partner to offer unique program in global health

Published: May 12, 2010
Global Health Masters Program announcement
John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University announces the partnership with Maastricht University of The Netherlands for a Masters of Sciences in Global Health program at a reception with Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, His Excellency Wim Geerts, the Netherlands’ ambassador to Canada and his wife Thea Geerts.

Maastricht University of the Netherlands and McMaster University in Canada have announced a partnership to provide a Master of Science Program in Global Health.

The affiliation is in response to the growing need for a well-prepared global health workforce to address today’s most pressing health issues that know no national boundaries, such as the need to develop vaccines to fight malaria, tuberculosis and H1N1 or to find answers for the worldwide rise in heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The partnership was announced today at a reception in Ottawa attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, invited honorary chair of the global health program’s advisory board, at the home of her country’s ambassador to Canada, Wim Geerts.

"This new master’s program fits perfectly the global demands that our alumni are facing," said professor Frits van Merode, associate dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University. "Her Highness' visit provides us with a unique opportunity to commemorate the partnership between McMaster and Maastricht University on Dutch territory in Canada. She has been dedicated to public health for decades."

The new program is another excellent collaboration between two universities world-renowned for their health sciences programs, said John Kelton, dean and vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. "Pandemics and other health concerns are making the world smaller. This new program is a direct response to the need for health professionals who are trained to respond from a global perspective."

The 12-month program is unique as the students may have the option of one semester at each university, as well as an opportunity to work in a low or middle-income country.  Collaborations have been arranged in India and Thailand.

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