M.Sc. Global Health

Karolinska Institutet

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 21,130 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Global Master's Programme in Global Health will give you a future dedicated to addressing the world's health challenges and focuses on how relevant research can contribute evidence to assist in meeting these challenges.

The ideal student - a passionate one
Students may come from a variety of backgrounds but must have one thing in common - a drive and passion for the subject area and the intention to work towards considerably reducing the global burden of diseases, injuries and ill-health.

What happens during the programme?
Global health combines expertise and knowledge from disciplines such as public health, biomedicine, epidemiology, demography, health economics, political science, environmental sciences, sociology and anthropology. The subject area provides a new platform for research, education and information about health challenges facing the world's population, in particular in countries burdened by poverty-stricken populations.

The programme focuses on how relevant research can contribute evidence to assist in meeting these challenges. Global health is a particularly strong field of research at Karolinska Instituet, and during the programme you will early on be meeting and working with research groups face to face.

You will acquire knowledge in research methodology, which is a good preparation for the final course research project as well as possible post graduate studies and publications.

Career prospects after graduation
The Master's Programme in Global Health will not only open doors on the global market but also give you skills that are desirable on local levels.

You can expect a career in both the public and private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations and academia.


Semester 1
Global Health 7.5hp
Research Methodology 7.5hp
Infectious Diseases - a Challenge to Global Health: Clinical, Social and Preventive Aspects 4.5hp
Health Policy, Management and Economics 4.5hp
Semester 2
Maternal and Child Health in a Global Perspective 3hp
NCD, Non-Communicable Diseases, Injuries, Natural Emergencies and Conflicts in a Global Health Perspective 3hp
Semester 1 and 2
Degree Project 30 hp


A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits.

Proficiency in the English language should be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL: internet based (iBT) with a total score of at least 90 and minimum score of 20 on written test, paper based (PBT) with a total score of at least 575, and minimum score of 4.5 on written test, or IELTS (academic) with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5; or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English B at Swedish upper secondary school.

The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

The online application opens 16 October 2012.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90



If you have satisfactorily completed certain undergraduate university studies, you may be given credits for them. You are also entitled to credits for other studies if the nature and extent of the knowledge and skills for which you are claiming credits are such that they are equivalent in the main to the education for which they are intended to be credited. You may also receive credits for knowledge and skills that you have acquired in the course of employment. An application for credits should be submitted as soon as you have been admitted to the programme in Public Health Sciences. You should contact the study adviser.
Accreditation is reviewed by an examiner (often the course leader) where a whole course or components of a course are involved. Accreditation is reviewed by a programme director for major parts of the programme in connection with admission to a later part or in the case of studies abroad where several courses are involved and also in connection with accreditation of a course as an optional course.

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