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
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.
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:
Benjamin Wood (Master Global Health, 2016-17)
An analysis of Médicines Sans Frontières' integrated menthal health program in Domiz, Iraq: Describing mental health partterns, determing the contact coverage, and predicting outcomes (PDF)
Carolina Bolaños (Master Global Health, 2016-17)
Considerations for developing an intervention plan using probiotics to manage diarrhea in children from low and middle-income countries (PDF)
José Cerezo (Master Global Health, 2016-17)
The right to health in the laws and policies for Universal Access to medicines in Chile. (PDF)
Maria Purificación Moreno (Master Global Health, 2016-17)
Qualitative Study Protocol - "La Chiclera": Understanding Perceptions about Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Q'eqchí communities of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala (PDF)
Maria Tusell (Master Global Health, 2016-17)
Tackling Plasmodium knowlesi malaria (PDF)
Marta Ribul (Master Global Health, 2016-17)
An exploration of the mental health impat of violence on female unaccompanied refugee minors and the accociated psychological needs: a mixed methods study of the italian context (PDF)
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
- Certified advanced level of English
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 so that we can contact them to start the pre-enrolment process.
The revision of applications and notificacion of admission will be done according to the following timelines:
First Application Period: From the 1st of September to the 30th of November 2018
Notification of the admission: 20th of December 2018
Second Application Period: From the 1st of December 2018 to 28th of February 2019
Notification of the admission: 15th of March 2019
Third Application Period: From 3rd of March to 30th of May 2019
Notification of the admission: 14th of June 2019