Master's Programme in Global Health

Finding sustainable solutions to global health problems is urgent in an increasingly globalised and unequal world. The master’s programme in global health is concerned with how we can improve public health and achieve health equity worldwide, focusing on public health problems in low- and middle-income countries.
  • TuitionFor non eu/eea citizens
  • Years2 Years
  • Grade requirementsMinimum C
  • LanguageEnglish
  • ECTS120
  • StartAutumn

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Welcome to the start of the semester for Global Health at The Faculty of Medicine!

Semester startup: To maintain your right to study, you must attend the obligatory meeting for Global Health on August 12th at 9.00 in Seminar room 438 at Centre for International Health, Overlege Danielssens hus (Årstadveien 21).

You can find more practical information about the start of the semester on the web page for new master students at the Faculty of Medicine.

Questions? Contact The Faculty of Medicine Student Information Centre

What will you learn? 

You will learn to identify and critically analyse key factors shaping the health and well-being of populations in low and middle-income countries, and to conduct research and formulate effective and appropriate responses to complicated health related issues.  

With this education you can contribute to finding innovative solutions in public health administration, NGOs and higher education. 

Full list of learning outcomes. 

More information below

Global Health

Student life 

You’ll spend most of your time at the Centre for International Health (CIH), located at the Alrek Health Campus in Bergen. Here you’ll meet an international community of staff and students in an informal atmosphere and take part in academic and social events.  

As a master’s student, you’ll have access to working areas at the Faculty of Medicine and in our environment at the Alrek campus.  

In the courses you will work both independently with literature and assignments, and in groups. In your first semester there are mandatory learning activities every week, such as seminars, quizzes, and group work. As the programme progresses, the schedule is more flexible, and you can design your degree through your choice of elective courses.  

Read more about what it’s like to study global health


This interdisciplinary master’s degree in global health will qualify for positions in academia, in the health sector, in international organizations and in public administration. 

Our alumni have found employment in very different settings, and they highlight how the program equipped them with a broad range of working skills and a solid theoretical foundation. This makes them valuable employees and colleagues. 

92 percent of alumni with a master’s degree from the Faculty of Medicine say that they have found relevant work within two years of graduating. 

Admission requirements and how to apply 

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply: 

You will also have to meet the programme specific entry requirements

All applicants with citizenship from outside the EU/EEA must pay tuition fees. 

Study structure 

The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn semester. 

First semester  

  • Core courses with learning activities 4–5 days a week.   

Second semester  

Third and fourth semester 

  • Weekly research seminars. Eeither a 60 ECTS thesis, or a 30 ECTS internship plus a 30 ECTS thesis.  

Together with colleagues at other UiB units we can offer master projects within these thematic areas of research:   

  • maternal and child health 
  • nutrition  
  • communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases    
  • oral sciences 
  • migration and health 

A full list of available master’s projects and supervisors is presented to the students in the first semester. 

See full list of courses

Study period abroad 

You can spend 3—6 months abroad as part of your degree. You have different options:  

  1. Elective courses at partner institutions (second semester)  
  2. Fieldwork (third semester)  
  3. Internship (third semester) 

See list of recommended exchange agreements

Further studies 

If you want to continue in academic research, the master´s degree makes you qualified to apply for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen or elsewhere. However, please note that the competition is tough and only a few manage to obtain a PhD scholarship at UiB after the master´s. 

Questions about the study? 

Phone: +47 55 58 64 00 (open 12.00 - 14.00 on weekdays) 

Mail: info.med@uib.no 

Study plan 

Study plan