Master's Programme in Global Health

Finding sustainable solutions to global health problems is urgent in an increasingly globalised and unequal world. Health is an indicator of inequality and needs to be addressed in a broader perspective.
  • TuitionFor non eu/eea citizens
  • Years2 Years
  • Grade requirementsMinimum C
  • LanguageEnglish
  • ECTS120
  • StartAutumn

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The master’s programme in global health is concerned with how we can improve public health and achieve health equity for all worldwide, with a special focus on public health problems in low- and middle-income countries. Together with our associated colleagues 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
  • basic sciences 

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

At the Centre for International Health (CIH), we try to foster an informal atmosphere with close ties between staff and students. As a student here, you will work in an international and vibrant environment, with colleagues and fellow students from all over the world. 

More information below

Global Health


The 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.

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.


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

Semester 1 

  • core courses with mandatory learning activities 4—5 days a week.  

Semester 2 

Semester 3 and 4 

  • either a 60 ECTS thesis  
  • or a 30 ECTS internship plus a 30 ECTS thesis 
  • weekly research seminars 

See full list of courses

Student life

You will spend most of your time at Centre for International Health (CIH), located on the Alrek Health Campus in Bergen. Here you will 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 will be included in a relevant research group and 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 day, such as seminars, lectures, and group work. As the programme progresses, the schedule is more flexible, and you can design your degree through your choice of elective courses. 

You will spend your first year doing course work. The  second year is dedicated to writing your master’s thesis (worth 60 ECTS) or internship (30 ECTS) and master’s thesis (30 ECTS). A list of available master’s projects and supervisors is presented to the students in the first semester. 

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

What you will 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. 

Full list of learning outcomes.

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

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.