Do you want to improve health for people around the globe?
- September - June
- Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona
- 10.500 Euros (plus university taxes)
- Full time
- 1 academic year
- 60 ECTS
Given the circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, and in anticipation of any developments that may arise during the coming 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 ISGlobal-University of Barcelona Master of Global Health is a University of Barcelona - specific programme, designed for students and professionals seeking to develop a career in health, from a global and transdisciplinary perspective. The programme offers the knowledge necessary to face the current challenges in global health and prepares students for work with organisations that work for health equity around the world.
The Master of Global Health is included in our Master Scholarship Program 2020-21. More details are given on the "Scholarship" section located in this page.
As a student of the Master of Global Health, you will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to:
- Analyse the factors that influence the health of the global population
- Understand the complex relationship between health and other disciplines, such as economics, politics, anthropology, epidemiology, and environmental sciences
- Develop effective and sustainable solutions that contribute to improving health in a globalised world
Designed for students and professionals from 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 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, research centres and public-private partnerships. 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
The Master of Global Health programme consists of 60 ECTS (European credits) or one academic year, which runs from September to June. It is offered in two different tracks: Transdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and tropEd Master of International Health.
These are some examples of recent Master Final Projects (MFP) of the Master of Global Health:
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 2016, Dr Antoine Flahault, Director of the Institute of Global Health of Geneva, offered the Inaugural Lecture on the topic of “Precision Global Health Means Providing the Right Intervention to the Right Population at the Right Time”.
In late December, we invite students to join a special End of Year Dinner 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) and a visit on to the medieval Monastery of Pedralbes as part of a series of events on the “History of Barcelona through Medicine”.
- Undergraduate degree
- 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 will also value:
- Previous working experience in low and middle income countries
- Voluntary positions in low and middle income countries
- Having being exposed to multicultural environments
- Having a background in social sciences
People interested in taking this Master must complete the application form.
The revision of applications and notification of admission will be done according to the following timelines:
First Application Period: From the 1st of September to the 29th of November 2020
Notification of the admission: 21st of December 2020
Second Application Period: From the 1st of December 2020 to 28th of February 2021
Notification of the admission: 16th of March 2021
Third Application Period: From 28th of February to 16th of May 2021
Notification of the admission: 27th of May 2021
Notification of admission of applications received after the 16th of May will be informed approximately one week after we receive the application.
The scholarship application is now closed.
What does this scholarship cover?
The scholarship will cover the total of the tuition fees and the University taxes required for a complete registration in the program.
The scholarship will not cover any other financial need other than the tuition fees and the University taxes.
Who can be an eligible candidate?
Applicants must fulfill the entry requirements and be nationals and reside in one Sub-Saharan country:
How is the selection process?
The process to select the scholarship recipients will be deployed in three phases:
Phase I: Open Call for Applications
All interested candidates should send the following documents:
- A complete CV using ISGlobal’s template
- A complete copy of Bachelor (or higher degree) official transcript
- A motivation letter not longer than 700 words (indicate the name of the masters)
- Two letters of recommendation from highly-qualified experts in Global Health
To apply you must fill in the application form and upload all the documents listed above. Deadline to apply is 5th of April, 2021, midnight Central European Time (CET). Incomplete or after-the-deadline applications will not be considered.
After the submission of all the required documentation all applicants will be contacted by email and asked to do an online test on a specific date and time.
Phase II: Evaluation of Shortlisted Candidates
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to elaborate a brief essay (2,000 words max) to be evaluated by the Selection Committee.
Phase III: Final Interview
Final candidates will be asked to elaborate a Power Point presentation and have an interview via skype with the Selection Committee.