McMaster University

McMaster University

Global Health students

The Curriculum

The Master of Science in Global Health is a full-time, 12-month program consisting of three terms (fall, winter, summer). During the fall and spring terms, McMaster and Maastricht offer two core courses—Global Health Foundations I and II—in which students work in (virtual) online transcontinental groups. The structure of Foundations I and II creates a challenging and stimulating environment for learning in innovative ways that reflect today's globalized context. In the summer term, students from both universities join together for the learning symposium/field orientation (service learning) at Manipal University in India. Students choosing to complete a thesis may extend into the fall and winter terms of the second year.

Before admission to the program, students identify interest in one of the program's three fields:

  • Globalization and Development — From international law to the role of corporations, this track examines how globalizing processes impact economic development, health, healthcare, and education in developing countries. Through analyzing public policies, you will investigate and challenge socio-political and economic motivations to inform and shape policy briefs, short commentaries and longer papers.
  • Global Health Management — You will learn about the business of global health, developing essential management and policy skills to steer projects related to health, healthcare, economic development and education. You will acquire career-relevant skills ranging from healthcare marketing to strategic and financial decision-making at a macro level.
  • Global Diseases — The global diseases field involves the study of endemic tropical diseases, as well as other diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and cancer, which afflict low and middle income countries. Learning from a network of leading professionals, you will examine the threat to public health from existing, new and re-emerging diseases that spread through immigration, travel and global trade.

Maastricht University offers an additional two fields of interest. To learn more, visit the Maastricht University website.

  • Thesis students take five (5) graduate half courses and one (1) elective from the selected field of interest.
  • Course-project students take eight (8) graduate half courses and three (3) elective courses from their selected field of interest.

Learn more about M.Sc. degree options


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