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Study plan for MAMD-GLOB Master's Programme in Global Health, fall 2019

Full-time/Part-time

Full-time 2 years (full-time is the norm; can be done part-time 4 years, however this is not recommended the first semester).

Objectives and content

The programme 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. It 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.

Content:

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.

Required Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

  • Has advanced knowledge of major global health and poverty- related problems, and interventions in health promotion, disease prevention and control, and specialised insight into the complex interaction between poverty and marginalisation processes, health systems functioning and utilisation, and health- and nutrition outcomes.
  • Has thorough knowledge of public health disciplines including epidemiology, demographics, ethics and priority setting, health economics, health policy, health anthropology, and medical- and clinical research.
  • Has a clear conceptual understanding of the key determinants of health, development and quality of life of populations, with particular emphasis on low and middle countries

Skills:

On completion of the Master´s programme in Global Health the candidate :

  • Can critically assess and analyse information from various sources and use this information to develop scholarly arguments within their specialised fields of global health research
  • Can apply methods for research relevant to their specialised fields
  • Can analyse and interpret data , using relevant theories and tools of analysis (see above), and work independently to address practical and theoretical problems in global health research
  • Can carry out an independent limited research project on masters level under supervision and in accordance with norms of ethics in medical and health research
  • Can utilise relevant and appropriate tools and frameworks for planning, developing, managing, and evaluating interventions to address health challenges in resource poor settings
  • Can critically analyse and assess health service delivery in diverse settings and formulate
  • Effective and appropriate responses to inform health policy and implementation.

General Competence:

On completion of the Master´s programme in Global Health the candidate :

  • Can apply knowledge and skills to new areas of research within global health
  • Can communicate research results from their specialised fields of global health to a broader audience of non-experts utilising available and appropriate tools and media
  • Understands the evidence base for research and the basic principles of research methodology, and be able to suggest relevant designs for research that is appropriate in diverse environmental, social and cultural settings in low income countries.
  • Can design relevant health systems interventions to disease control and prevention that promote equity and fairness.

In addition, some of the students will gain knowledge, skills and competence within specific scientific areas; these are described in relation to the elective courses. Examples are oral sciences and occupational health.

Admission 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 http://www.uib.no/education/admission/master/international-applicants-residing-abroad/english-language-requirements

Exemption is granted to applicants fulfilling the criteria listed at the University of Bergen website: http://www.uib.no/education/admission/master/international-applicants-residing-abroad/english-language-requirements#exemptions.

Students recruited through the prospective partnership programme will be selected in collaboration with partner institution.

Compulsory units

Name

ECTS

Course code

Global health ¿ challenges and responses

15

SDG303

Research methodology in Global Health

15

INTH315

Research proposal development

10

INTH330A

Research seminars at CIH including two presentations

6

INTH326

Either

M.Phil. in Global Health - Thesis

60

INTH395A

or

M. Sc. in Global Health - Thesis

30

INTH395B

+ Internship

30

INTH317

Recommended electives

Depending on the students' master project and recommendation from supervisor(s), they can select elective courses at CIH: https://www.uib.no/en/cih/71970/courses-cih#master-courses.

Students may also take other, relevant open courses at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen or other institutions if pre-approved by the Programme Committee (http://www.uib.no/en/education/exchange).

Sequential Requirements, courses

Semester

Components

ECTS credits

First

Compulsory courses

Second

Elective courses or individual studies

60

Third and fourth

Research or/and internship + preparation of master¿s thesis*

60

*A monograph or 1 scientific paper with a mantle consisting of a general introduction and discussion.

Study period abroad

Fieldwork in a low and middle income countries (LMIC) is recommended, preferably in cooperation with a partner institution.

Teaching and learning methods

The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods spanning from classroom lectures to team-based learning and site visits. Student active methods constitute at least 50 %.

Teaching methods

The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods spanning from classroom lectures to team-based learning and site visits. Student active methods constitute at least 50 %.

Assessment methods

Course level: Assessment methods vary between courses and include: home assignments, written examinations, oral presentations and continuous assessment with elements of peer- and self- assessment.

Programme level: Master thesis including oral examination.

Grading scale

The individual courses, the master thesis and the final master exam are graded with the scale ECTS A ¿ F, except INTH317 Internship - master study in Global Healt and INTH330A Proposal Development, which are graded with pass/fail.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

Master of Philosophy in Global Health

Programme committee

Programme Committee for Global Health

Administrative responsibility

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

Contact information

Centre for International Health

E-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Tel: 55 58 85 69