University of Bergen

Global Health, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Global Health programme from University of Bergen defines Global Health broadly as an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide.


Global Health programme from University of Bergen has a particular focus on health problems in low and middle income countries (LMIC) and aims to build capacity through research and post graduate training in partnership with academic institutions in collaborating countries.

It promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and involves disciplines both within and beyond the health sciences in the training programmes.

The main objective of the programme is to raise awareness of current global/international health concerns and to equip students with research skills and tools to address poverty related health problems in a fair and equitable manner.

Students are being qualified to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the health and well-being of populations in low and middle-income countries and to formulate effective and appropriate responses to complex health related issues.

The programme covers 2 years of full-time study, and includes compulsory and elective coursework, research and thesis defence.

It focuses on major health problems in LMIC affecting the most vulnerable population groups, appropriate responses to complex health related issues and health systems challenges to provide universal access to quality health care. The main thematic areas of research are: maternal and child health; nutrition; communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases and oral sciences. Through interdisciplinary collaboration it offers research training in epidemiology, clinical and community trials, qualitative research, medical ethics, health economics, medical anthropology and biomedical sciences.

The students will be assigned supervisors at different departments at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry according to the thematic area and research approach selected.

The type of master studies that can be performed include literature reviews, research using existing data sets and empirical studies. For the empirical studies field work should primarily be performed in a low- or middle income populations. As a rule, students from LMIC perform fieldwork/data collection in their home country in collaboration with partner institutions. An exception is laboratory work which may be performed at the University of Bergen in collaboration with partner institutions in home country.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Statistical Methods in Health Science 
  • Major Global Health Problems
  • Epidemiology
  • Health systems
  • Basic Course in Research Tools and Theory
  • Research Proposal development
  • Applied economic evaluation in health care 

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Students are selected from graduates of schools of medicine or dentistry, and from graduates of related disciplines in health, natural and social sciences.

A Bachelor's degree level is required for admission (Minimum 2 nd Class, Upper Division/B or the equivalent).

Competence of the English language must be demonstrated by obtaining an adequate score on a TOEFL or IELTS test or an equivalent qualification, according to the regulations of the University of Bergen.

Tuition Fee

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship. 

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10500 - 16400 NOK/month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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