ISGlobal | Barcelona Institute for GlobalHealth

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"We are excited to be developing training and education programmes that will help our graduates meet global health needs with innovative and sustainable solutions."

Academic Year 2016-2017

We begin the 2016-17 academic year with changes that position ISGlobal internationally, as an academic institution of reference in the field of global health. Last June, we completed our fusion with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), opening an array of new educational opportunities. In addition, ISGlobal has now been recognised as a University Research Institute of the University of Barcelona, and will soon a Research Institute of Pompeu Fabra University.

As always, each academic year also brings new (and welcome) challenges. We start this year with our largest class ever of students in the transdisciplinary Master of Global Health (and a new English language teaching format that opens our doors to even more candidates). The 2016-17 cohort comes to Barcelona from more than 10 countries around the world, and brings both geographical and disciplinary diversity to our classrooms. 

ISGlobal also now welcomes students to the Master of Clinical Research in two tracks: International Health and Clinical Microbiology, and partners with the Master of Public Health programme of Pompeu Fabra University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. 

This year, we have also launched the integrated ISGlobal PhD Programme, bringing doctoral candidates in several health fields together to enjoy the added benefits of developing transdisciplinary research at our Institute.

Over the next months, all of these students will acquire an enormous amount of information, data, skills, and methods. But a great deal of the value they extract from their experience here will emerge from the connections they make. Connections between pieces of information, between academic disciplines and professional fields, and connections with professors and among students, are of critical importance to building information into knowledge and understanding as a global health professional. Soon, they’ll be alongside colleagues across the globe, with sights set on 2030, working to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” (SDG #3). 

At ISGlobal we continue to explore new connections as well. The fusion of ISGlobal with CREAL brings with it a plethora of new opportunities and new courses, as we integrate cutting-edge research and education on respiratory health, cancer, health impacts of water and air pollution, and urban health with our long-standing programmes in neglected diseases, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Chagas, antibacterial resistance, and maternal and infant health. And our ongoing work with international networks devoted to global health education, like tropEd, the World Federation of Academic Institutions in Global Health, and the Consortium of Universities in Global Health keep us connected to other leading academic institutions and collaborators who are concerned with preparing global, and “planetary,”  health leaders for today’s, and tomorrow’s, challenges.

Along with our outstanding faculty, experienced researchers and practitioners from many fields, we are excited to be developing training and education programmes that will help our graduates meet global health needs with innovative and sustainable solutions. We look forward to the year ahead.

Núria Casamitjana Training & Education Director at ISGlobal

Núria Casamitjana

Training & Education Director at ISGlobal