The ISGlobal-University of Barcelona Master of Global Health is 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.
Entrance requirements for the Master of Global Health ISGlobal - University of Barcelona are the following:
- Undergraduate degree
- Certified advanced level of English
Candidates for the Master's degree should send the following information via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Enrolment Master of Global Health [full name of the applicant]".
- A complete curriculum vitae;
- A letter of motivation; and
- Two letters of recommendation, either academic or professional.
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.
Final Master's Projects
ISGlobal Master’s graduates from both the Master of Global Health and the Master of Clinical Research have published articles and reports based on their Final Master’s Projects, including:
Anna Cusí (Master of Global Health, 2014)
Strategies to Increase Access to Hepatitis C Treatment: A Question of Price or Public Health?
Camila Gonzalez (Master of Global Health, 2014)
Epidemiology of Haemophilus ducreyi Infections (Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Jan;22(1):1-8. doi: 10.3201/eid2201.150425)
Montserrat León (Master of Global Health, 2014)
How do we Measure Adherence to Anti-Tuberculosis Treatment? (Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy 2016 Dec. doi: 10.1080/14787210.2017.1264270)
Silvia Lladró (Master of Clinical Research, 2013)
Management, prevention and treatment of canine leishmaniosis in north-eastern Spain: an online questionnaire-based survey in the province of Girona with special emphasis on new preventive methods (CaniLeish vaccine and domperidone) (Veterinary Record doi:10.1136/vr.103653)
Clara Pons Duran (Master of Clinical Research, 2015)
Association between HIV infection and socio-economic status: evidence from a semirural area of southern Mozambique (Tropical Medicine and International Health. DOI: 10.1111/tmi.12789)
Abby Radford (Master of Global Health, 2014)
Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Addressing Access to Sexual Violence Services
Daniel Tiefengraber (Master of Global Health, 2013)
Non-State Actors & Global Health. Eradicating Polio in Pakistan
Nina Wine (Master of Global Health, 2014)
The Feasibility of a Shared Data System in the Kenyan Medical Insurance Sector as a Means to Reduce Fraud
Anjalene Whitter (Master of Clinical Research, 2015)
Major depressive disorder and suicidal behavior among urban dwelling Ethiopian adult outpatients at a general hospital (Journal of Affective Disorders. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2016.02.052)
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”.