Master course in Global Health

Master course in Global Health

Global transitions within local communities. Small places, big changes.

Study level
Exchange Courses
Closing dates
October 15
15 ECTS Master level
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Spring 2019

This interdisciplinary elective course is offered both to students in existing MSc programs at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at USN and the Global Health Program at McMaster University, as well as to students from schools partnered with USN. Partner school students can apply to take just this single course, or combine it with other theory courses or a practicum and stay for an entire semester!

Course description

Health issues, both public and personal, are strongly affected by global transition. Accelerated and intensified contact - a defining characteristic of globalisation - leads to migration and environmental degradation, and places constraints on the livelihood of many in local communities. Such rapid changes can often lead to tensions, contradictions, conflicts and changed opportunities in ways that affect local people’s lives and health.

You will learn about the background of central global transitions, and about the various models of national welfare systems. You will be able to focus on one particular geographical area or community, looking at it public health and living conditions, and thereafter compare this place to others in the world.

The course is divided into three main sections:

  • Global processes, indigenous people and migration
  • Welfare systems and health care
  • Challenges in local communities

Learning activities

We make use of blended learning methods, i.e., a combination of online and in class locations. Lectures, teacher and peer supervision, group work are also employed, as well as utilizing an electronic learning platform.


January 10th to April 12th 2019.

Admission requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent).

This course is offered in English and therefore requires a command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Master level courses require a C average.

The admission requirements are founded on the regulations regarding admissions.

Study facts

Full time – Vestfold


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