M.Sc. Global Health

Karolinska Institutet | Stockholm, Sweden
The Global Health curriculum focuses on the challenges that transcend national borders and have an impact on current as well as future generations.

Description of Global Health


Global health integrates expertise and perspectives from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, health economics, behavioural science, environmental sciences and anthropology, among others. It provides a new platform for research, education and information on health challenges faced by the world population.

This one-year programme consists of three parts. The core part provides a common knowledge base for all students. The advanced part contains courses addressing different specific areas of global health such as human resource development, reproductive health, disaster preparedness and so on. The final part is a research project submitted as a thesis, which can be carried out in Sweden or in a low or middle income country where Karolinska Institutet has an existing collaboration.

Career opportunities

You have a potential field of work in national or international organisations that work with low or middle income countries around issues related to poverty and health. Upon completion of the programme you are also eligible to apply for PhD training.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • Total amount: 180 000 SEK
  • First instalment: 90 000 SEK
Not specified
Start date August  2016
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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

Requirements for Global Health

  • 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 6 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.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet´s Global Master´s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process.

Work Experience for Global Health

No work experience is required.

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Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Sweden Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.

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