McMaster University

McMaster University

Maastricht, the Netherlands

Winter Term Courses

Winter Term (January – April)

Students can specialize in one of the program’s three fields of interest, and may go on exchange to Maastricht University. All students continue to work collaboratively in transcontinental groups.

  • Course-project students choose two (2) courses from their selected field of interest plus one (1) course from the elective course offerings.
  • Thesis students take one (1) course from their selected field of interest. By the end of this term, thesis students should have completed their proposals and may have already begun their research projects.


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GLOB HTH *702 - Global Health Foundations II (in collaboration with Maastricht)

This course introduces students to project development and program management in global health. Building on policy analysis learnt in Foundations I, students use a case study approach to develop proposals in the three Global Health program fields. Students learn to translate theory into practice in the context of global health. Incisive decision-making and cross-cultural negotiations are key elements of the process. Students continue to learn in in transcontinental learning pods, participate in seminars led by faculty and other experts in the field, and make presentations which synthesize the course materials.

Term 2: Specializations

Please note that course offerings are subject to change.

Global Health Management

BUS C711 — Health Economics and Evaluation

This course applies economic principles to policy-relevant questions in the area of health and healthcare. Topics include: applied health economics, demand and supply of healthcare and insurance, healthcare system financing, alternative payment schemes, economic regulation of the pharmaceutical industry, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses, QALY's, and means by which to improve value-for-money in the health sector.

BUS C741 — Health Care Marketing

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the key concepts of marketing and their application to the rapidly changing public and private health care environment. Students build practical skills in analyzing marketing problems in for-profit and not-for-profit health care organizations in Canadian, U.S. and other international settings. They also learn strategies to apply marketing tools and principles (such as pricing, promotion, products/services, consumer behavior, branding, segmentation, social marketing and health promotion). Students also increase their appreciation of the role of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and management in health care marketing decisions. The course consists of case discussion, lectures, guest speakers, readings (cases, articles, textbook), and practical field experience whereby student teams undertake marketing consulting projects in local health care organizations.

BUS C722 — Management of Population Health

This course takes a meta-approach to health issues, focusing on strategies to improve health and wellbeing while controlling costs. Students examine concepts and frameworks around the health of different populations, the stages of the life cycle, and the burden of illness on society. Several frameworks will be critiqued and concepts studied will include, but will not be limited to, the correlates of the health of different populations, the stages of the life cycle, the burden of illness for society, contagions and public health, the congruence between evidence and policy, prevention, community action, and the development of students' critical appraisal skills.

Global Diseases

HTH SCI 4KK3 — Human Pathophysiology II

This course is designed to provide in depth look at the clinical, medical and pathophysiological aspects of infectious diseases. These fundamentals include taxonomy, diagnostic methodology, epidemiology and virulence factors of pathogens, pathogenesis, and pathophysiological events and responses in different body systems human host as a result of infections. A variety of microbial pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa  responsible for human infections in different organ systems will be examined.

The course will include regular lectures, case presentations, anatomy laboratory sessions, and student tutorial presentations.

GLOB HTH *707 — Global Burden of Disease

This course introduces students to the concepts of the global burden of disease. The course consists of two explanatory components that aim to examine how disease burden is measured and the causes of morbidity and mortality on a global scale. Students will gain an overview of diseases and conditions responsible for a significant portion of the global disease burden, focusing on epidemiology, clinical aspects, management and prevention. The course employs a combination of lecture and group presentation.

Medical Sciences 717 — Vaccines and Vaccine Immunology

The vaccine and vaccination program has globally become an important sub-discipline of modern biomedical practice, research, and health care. The products and knowledge derived from this sub-discipline are important not only to the eradication, prevention and control of infectious diseases, but also to the development of vaccines against infectious disease such as HIV and malaria for which there is a lack of effective vaccines. The objective of this course is to provide a learning opportunity for students to grasp the basic concepts and challenges of current human vaccination programs, and the consideration of social, economic, cultural and ethical issues for vaccination programs.

Globalization and Development

GLOBALST *777 — Global Governance

Students explore the institutions and processes of international governance. The course considers different theoretical approaches to understanding rule creation and maintenance on a global scale. Approaches and issues examined include neoliberal and neorealist regime theory, critical theory approaches, international law, the role of corporations and private authority and the activity of global civil society.

GLOBALST *718 — Global Actors Beyond the State: Methods and Cases

This course examines the emergence and effects of global activism beyond that of state actors and associations of states. It introduces methods for analysing global social movements: frame and discourse analyses; historical approaches; case-based and comparative research; network analysis; and approaches that emphasize political processes and opportunity structures. We also examine various cases, including: human rights movements; campaigns against neo-liberal policies affecting the developing world; and international religious mobilizations. Students will work on research papers using research methods appropriate to a case study of their own design.

POLSCI *782 — Development Theory & Administration

This course aims to critically examine the key issues and debates related to the process of development and how they impact upon public administration in developing countries. Drawing upon the various approaches to the process of administration, the course will highlight some of the principal concerns that have emerged over the years. The focus will be on the institutions, structures, processes and interactions that help or hinder the process of development.

Students will have an opportunity to analyze and reflect upon the linkages between public administration and development, and present fresh perspective on existing ideas. They will be required to write research essays and participate actively in the deliberations on a regular basis. The outcome should be a sound understanding of the concept, goals and strategies of development and enhanced familiarity with the problems and issues faced on the ground. There will be an opportunity to conduct original research on various sectors of development.


Please see the graduate studies calendar for the current list of courses on offer.

GLOB HTH *715 — Independent Study Courses

This half-course is designed to allow students to tailor their learning to address specific knowledge gaps identified by the program orsupervisory committee. In consultation with a faculty member with expertise in the area, a course outline will be developed that is tailor madeto meet the student’s knowledge gaps and learning requirements. Students will engage on a faculty member-supervisedexploration of relevant concepts and scholarly literature. It is expected that the level of learning is consistent with expectations for 700-level courses. Please see detailed description on the M.Sc. Global Health Website.

NUR 770 — Mixed Methods Research Design for Health Services and Policy Research

Delivered via LearnLink – an interactive online environment – this course encourages students to tackle important questions in the field of health services and policy. The course develops a framework for thinking about when and how to use mixed methods and models to study health services and policy problems. Students discuss current controversies and challenges around this form of research, and are required to design a mixed method study as well as critically evaluate a classmate’s design.

Fall & Summer Terms

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