Contribute to making health equity a reality
- September - July
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona
- 10.500 Euros plus university taxes (academic year 2023-24)
- Full time
- 1 academic year
- 60 ECTS
The ISGlobal-University of Barcelona (UB) Master of Global Health is a multi- and interdisciplinary UB-specific programme designed for students and professionals seeking to develop a career in health, from a global perspective. The programme offers the knowledge necessary to face current challenges in global health and prepares students to join organisations that work for health equity around the world.
Upon successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
- Analyse the factors that affect the health of the global population, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable groups
- Evaluate the complex relationship between health and other areas, such as economics, politics, anthropology, and social and environmental sciences
- Design effective and sustainable solutions to address health equity in a globalised world
Designed for students and diverse backgrounds (health and life sciences, social sciences, law and economics, etc.) who want to develop a career in the field of global health in:
- International organisations
- Ministries of health
- Cooperation and development agencies
- Public-private partnerships
- Other stakeholders of the global health international community
The Master of Global Health is intended for professionals who wish to work in their field of study and does not offer access to PhD studies.
The ISGlobal-University of Barcelona Master of Global Health is carried out in collaboration with academic institutions, research centres and NGOs in the health sector.
Our faculty come from diverse disciplines and have extensive experience working in global health with internationally recognised universities and research centres; public and private international organisations; NGOs and public-private partnerships, amongst others. Professors bring their real world experience, as professionals and leaders in the field, to our classrooms.
The first two modules of the Master's degree are also offered as an independent Diploma of Global Health Fundamentals.
Given the circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, and in anticipation of any developments that may arise during the academic year, our team is committed to ensuring that our educational programmes can be successfully delivered in either face-to-face or distance formats, adapting to the context in which our students, faculty, and staff find themselves.
The Master of Global Health consists of 60 ECTS or one full-time academic year, which runs from September to July. All courses take place at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona.
The programme combines lectures with active and participatory learning methods. Students learn by doing and by solving problems, using a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.
Programme of Studies
I. Global Health Fundamentals I · 20 ECTS · required courses
- Global Health Challenges
- Health Systems and Policies
- Research Methods for Global Health:
- Fundamentals of Epidemiology
- Biostatistics for Global Health
- Fundamentals of Qualitative Health Research
II. Global Health Fundamentals II · 10 ECTS · required courses
- Determinants of Global Health
- International Governance and Politics of Global Health
- Health Economics
III. Advanced Topics in Global Health · 18 ECTS
Students select six courses from the following (3 ECTS each):
- Anthropology of Global Health
- Development and Application of Vaccines in Global Health
- Extended Epidemiology
- Global Environmental Health
- Global Health Management
- Global Health Responses to Emergencies and Humanitarian Crises
- Infectious Diseases and Global Health
- Maternal and Reproductive Health in Global Health
- Non-Communicable Diseases and Global Health
- Undernutrition and Food Security
IV. Final Master's Degree Project · 12 ECTS
Master of Global Health students must develop and present a 12-credit capstone project (including mandatory attendance at methodological seminars) and defend it before a Faculty Tribunal (representing approximately 300 hours of student investment time).
Full-time vs. part-time studies
Candidates can complete the Master’s requirements (60 ECTS) in one year of full-time studies (recommended), but have up to five years to finish the programme. Those who elect to complete the programme in more than one year must enroll in a minimum of 20 ECTS in their first year of studies.
These are some examples of recent Master Final Projects (MFPs) from the Master of Global Health:
Arnau Guasch Girbau (Master Global Health, 2020-21)
Read an article related to Arnau's MFP:
Review of the Current Landscape of the Potential of Nanotechnology for Future Malaria Diagnosis, Treatment, and Vaccination Strategies
Cristina Pujol (Master Salud Global, 2020-21)
Neus Rosell (Master Global Healh, 2019-20)
Sarah Williams (Master Global Health, 2019-20)
Darla Berkefeld (Master Global Health, 2018-19)
Lukas Siefert (Master Global Health, 2018-19)
Daniel Kwakye Nomah (Master Global Health, 2018-19)
Gabriella-Hanna Kontorovich (Master Global Health, 2018-19)
Welcome to the Master of Global Health
Eva Iraizoz, Student of the 2015-2016 Class
Francesca Russo, Student of the tropEd Master in International Health, Class 2015-2016 Class
Luis Gerardo Castillo, Student of the 2014-2015 Class
Sofia Bandomia, Student of the 2014-2015 Class
Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Program and former director of ISGlobal
Quique Bassat, Assistant Research Professor
Nina Wine, Student of the 2013-2014 Class
María Fernanda Díaz, Student of the 2013-2014 Class
Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia (one of Spain’s 17 autonomous provinces), is a vibrant coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea. Students will find many cultural activities, events, museums, and opportunities for sport available to them during their stay.
Barcelona.cat offers updates on events around the city and a Barcelona app.
Some students choose to find shared flats or rent their own individual housing during their Master course. There are many websites that provide rental listings for flats and shared flats in the city. In addition, ISGlobal maintains a relationship with the Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU), which can provide information and advice on housing and activities, among other things, to our Master’s and Diploma candidates.
Barcelona has an excellent integrated network of public transportation, including metro, tramvia, buses and regional trains. Various types of multi-trip metro cards are available for purchase from machines in metro stations. One option for getting around the city is Bicing, a public bicycle rental service that runs on an annual membership basis. There is also the possibility of hourly or daily car rental with various services. And, since Barcelona is a fairly dense city, it is also often possible to reach your destination on foot.
Barcelona enjoys a generally temperate weather. Although in the summer months the heat can sometimes rise to the 40s Celcius, it is a generally moderate climate without extreme temperatures or weather.
Although the Master and Diploma of Global Health are offered entirely in English, Catalonia’s two official languages are Catalan and Spanish. For students who are interested, the University of Barcelona’s Institute of Hispanic Studies offers courses in Spanish as a foreign language from beginner to advanced levels. You can also join Catalan courses offered through the UB and tailored to university students. Many other language schools and centres, including some sponsored by the government, also offer courses.
Throughout the year, Master’s degree and Diploma students are invited to attend special events and activities in addition to classes and seminars, beginning with the annual Global Health Programme Inaugural Lecture, which is given by an invited speaker each year in October.
In late December, we invite students to join a special End of Year celebration and, of course, we gather to celebrate the End of Course in June.
Other events from past years have included a special guest lecture on “The Books that Changed My Life” in celebration of Sant Jordi’s Day (St. George’s Day).
- Undergraduate degree, preferably in health or life sciences or social sciences.
- At least one year of professional experience, preferably related to global health (internship and volunteer experience will be considered).
- Advanced level of English (if not a native English speaker, candidates need to provide an Internationally recognized English proficiency certificate equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 internet/80 online, or IELTS score 6.).
We also value:
- Previous professional or voluntary experience in low- and middle-income countries or settings and/ or with vulnerable populations / communities
- Exposure to multicultural environments
Interested candidates for the Master of Global Health must complete the application form and attach the following documentation:
- A current C.V. clearly stating academic qualifications and work experience.
- A letter of motivation explaining their interest in Global Health, including past or current experience (academic and/or professional) and highlighting specific areas of professional interest.
Candidates who meet entry requirements will be invited to an admissions interview.
Academic Year 2024-25 Admissions Calendar
First Application Period: From 12 September to 24 November 2023
Notification of the admission: 15 December 2023
Second Application Period: From 25 November 2023 to 19 January 2024
Notification of the admission: 16 February 2024
Third Application Period: From 20 January to 22 March 2024
Notification of the admission: 19 April 2024
Applications received after 22 March 2023 will be reviewed on a rolling basis depending on the places available in the programme.
The global health scholarship programme 2024-25 will open in December 2023.
The 2024-25 programme will accept applications from 15 December 2023 - 1 March 2024.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to apply for the Global Health Scholarship programme, candidates must be previously accepted to the Master of Global Health in one of the first two admissions periods (application submitted on or before 19 January 2024).
What does the scholarship cover?
The global health scholarship covers the total tuition fee and the University taxes when registering for the Master’s degree programme. The scholarship does not cover any other expenses related to participation in the Master’s degree programme.The scholarship awardee is responsible for all other expenses, including, but not restricted to, visa application fees, travel, accommodation, local transportation, living expenses, and insurance. The awardee is also expected to have their own laptop computer and to be responsible for any other materials necessary for participation in the programme.
Who is eligible to apply?
Scholarship applicants should have already applied for and been accepted into the Master’s degree programme. They must be nationals of and reside in one of the following sub-Saharan African countries:
Central African Republic
Comoros Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Sao Tome and Principe
What is the selection process?
PLEASE NOTE: In order to apply for the Global Health Scholarship Programme, candidates must be previously accepted to the Master of Global Health in one of the first two admissions periods (Master’s application submitted on or before 19 January).
The selection process has three phases:
Phase I: Global Health Scholarship Application
From 15 December 2023 - 1 March 2024 interested candidates who have already been accepted into the Master’s degree programme may apply for the scholarship using this application form and submitting the following items to the Scholarship Selection Committee:
- Scholarship programme application form including a video of no more than 03:00 minutes* in which the candidate addresses the following questions:
- Why are you applying for the Global Health Scholarship?
- How will attending the Master’s degree contribute to the development of your career?
- How do you see yourself contributing to addressing the most pressing issues related to health equity in your community (local, national, regional, or global)?
- Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic), focused on the candidate’s work or studies in global health or closely related fields. Letters must be sent directly by referees to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the full name, title, institution, email and telephone contact of the referee.
Videos will be evaluated according to a rubric that includes the following criteria:
- Oral presentation
- Supporting evidence
Deadline to apply is 1 March 2024, midnight Central European Time (CET). Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.
*Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a video. However, in the case that this is not possible for technical reasons they may submit a written response addressing the same three questions of no more than 750 words.
Phase II: Finalist Interviews
Finalist candidates for the Global Health Scholarship will be invited to participate in a 30 minute interview prior to final selection.
Phase III: Announcement of Scholarship Awardees and Confirmation of Acceptance
The candidates selected for the scholarship will be informed on or before 8 April 2024. Given the high level of demand for the Global Health Scholarship and the limited resources available, we require Scholarship Awardees to demonstrate their ability to attend the Master’s degree programme by 3 June 2024. In the case that they are not able to attend the programme, the scholarship will be transferred to the first candidate on the waiting list.
By 3 June 2024 Scholarship awardees must:
- Have their official academic documents submitted to and accepted by the University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; and
- Have proof of a student visa for study in Spain.
If either of these conditions is not met by 3 June the scholarship may be revoked and passed to the first person on the waiting list.