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.

Health, Bergen School og Global Studies

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

BMED331 Tumour Biology (Rolf Bjerkvig)
BMED370 Computational Methods for Drug Design (Ruth Brenk)
GLODE311 Development Practice (Helga Bjørnøy Urke)
INTH310A Introduction to Occupational Health (Bente Moen)
INTH314 Applied Economic Evaluation in Health Care (Bjarne Robberstad
INTH321A Experimental Epidemiology (Thorkild Tylleskär
INTH328B Global Tuberculosis - Epidemiology and Intervention (Sven Gudmund Hinderaker and Tehmina Mustafa)
INTH323O Qualitative Research Methods for Global Public Health (Karen Marie Moland and Andrea Melberg
INTH344 Migration and Health (Esperanza Diaz
INTH356 Observational Epidemiology (Catherine Schwinger
INTH360 Global Nutrition (Ingunn Marie Engebretsen
JUS250-2-C Health and Human Rights in the Welfare State (Henriette Sinding Aasen)
JUS276-2-C Health and Human Rights
MABVA317 Childhood and Parenting in Diverse Contexts (Gaby Ortiz Barreda)
PSYK302G Culture and Psychopathology: Mental Health in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (David Sam
PSYCH303 Medical Health Psychology 
PSYCH310A Culture, Positive Development and Health (David Sam)

BIO382 Aquatic Food Production (Erik Jan Robert Lock
ELMED328 Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic: an interdisciplinary approach (Esperanza Diaz)
FIL328 Moral Philosophy (Espen Gamlund)
GEO-SD302 Fundamentals of Dynamic Social Systems (Erling Moxnes)
GLODE308 Gender Analysis in Global Development - Core perspectives and issues (Haldis Haukanes)
GLODE309 Foundations of Health Promotion (Helga Bjørnøy Urke
GOH301 Global Oral Health (Anne-Kristine Åstrøm and Anne Christine Johannessen)
HEFR342 Resource Approaches to Health and Wellbeing (Ellen Haug)
JUS276-2-C Human Rights and Welfare Policies (Henriette Sinding Aasen)
MAPSYK336 Cognitive Neuroscience 
PSY303 Global Psychology (David Sam)
PSYCH310A Culture, Positive Development and Health (David Sam)
SDG303 Global Health - challenges and responses (Thorkild Tylleskär)

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.
Contact: Ingunn Engebretsen

This programme gives students expertise in interdisciplinary approaches to dealing with global challenges. Using systems thinking and modelling approaches, the programme provides the students with the knowledge, skills and competencies required for understanding, analysing and shaping solutions to wicked problems in ways that are societally, ecologically and economically sustainable. 
Contact: Kjetil Rommetveit