Bergen School of Global Studies (BSGS)


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Bergen school of Global Studies


That health is a global challenge, has been demonstrated in full by the COVID-19 pandemic. We see more clearly the social, economic, legal and political determinants of health, how societal differences shape the health system’s responses, and how ill health—and pandemic responses—exacerbate underlying inequities.

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The complex, interconnected, and socio-political nature of global health challenges, require multidisciplinary approaches in to provide better solutions. This is why the Bergen School of Global Studies offers MA programs and graduate courses that provide multiple perspectives on global health challenges – based on cutting edge multidisciplinary research. We also emphasise how health intersects with other global challenges such as inequality, climate change, migration and governance.

Centre for International Health (CIH) is a leading centre for global health research in Norway and has a long history of partnership with research institutions in low- and middle-income countries. We teach, supervise, and facilitate learning in global health, and engage in academic discussions related to pertinent global health policy and practice. Multi-disciplinary research on maternal, adolescent and child health and their social and political determinants are located at the core of the our research agenda.

Courses and subjects taught in English

INTH314 Applied Economic Evaluation in Health Care
INTH315 Methods in Global Health
INTH344 Migration and Health
INTH356 Observational Epidemiology
INTH321A Experimental Epidemiology
INTH323O Qualitative Research Methods for Global Public Health
ELMED310 Equity and Fairness in Health — an Applied Approach
INTH360 Global NutritionINTH328B Global Tuberculosis - Epidemiology and Intervention
INTH660 Occupational Health in Developing Countries

GLODE305 Gender Analysing Global Development — Core Perspectives and Issues
GLODE306 Foundations for Health Promotion

HEFR342 Resource Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

PSYK302G Culture and Psychopathology: Mental Health in a Cross-Cultural Perspective
PSYK310A Culture, Positive Development and Health

MABARN316 Childhood and Parenting in Diverse Contexts

GEO-SD302 Fundamentals of Dynamic Social Systems

SAMPOL328 Lawfare: Law as Political Strategy

BIO382 Aquatic Food Production

JUS250-2-C Health and Human Rights in the Welfare State
JUS276-2-B European Human Rights

Master's degree programmes taught in English

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. This programme places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide, with a special focus on health problems in low- and middle-income countries.