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


The programme 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. 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 according to the thematic area and research approach selected.

The type research that can be performed for the master thesis includes literature reviews, research using existing data sets and primary data collection.

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:


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

  • 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.


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 field.
  • 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 master´s 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.
  • Can propose 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.

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. You also need to document an average grade of minimum C. Equivalent to Norwegian grade C: https://www.uib.no/en/education/62545/academic-system#grading-scale.

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


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



ECTS credits


Compulsory courses


Elective courses or individual studies


Third and fourth

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


*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 country (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 fieldwork. Student active methods constitute at least 50 % of the programme.

Assessment methods

Course level: Assessment methods vary between courses and include: home assignments, written school 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 to 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 studie@igs.uib.no

Tel: 55 58 85 69