Recipient of the 2015 Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education, the MSc Global Health prepares graduates for careers in a globalized world. The program, a joint offering with Maastricht University in the Netherlands, brings together faculties of social sciences, health sciences, business and humanities, and links with institutions across multiple continents.
Over 12 months, students gain the skills and experience required for leadership careers within key international health organizations, government and non-government agencies, and the private sector.
The program follows the 'McMaster Model' – student-centred, problem-based learning (PBL) – which has been adopted by universities around the world. But what makes it unique is its transcontinental approach. The program combines face-to-face classroom experiences with online collaboration in virtual teams, and exchanges to Maastricht in the winter term for qualifying students.
Using Blackboard Collaborate, Google+ Hangouts and Avenue to Learn, lectures are delivered to students in the classroom at McMaster while broadcasting it to students in Maastricht and Manipal. This immersive learning environment fosters career skills for a globalized world.
You will have the opportunity to specialize in one of the program's three concentrations:
From international law to the role of corporations, this track examines how globalizing processes impact economic development, health, healthcare, and education in developing countries. Through analyzing public policies, you will investigate and challenge socio-political and economic motivations to inform and shape policy briefs, short commentaries and longer papers.
You will learn about the business of global health, developing essential management and policy skills to steer projects related to health, healthcare, economic development and education. You will acquire career-relevant skills ranging from healthcare marketing to strategic and financial decision-making at a macro level.
The global health sciences field involves the study of endemic tropical diseases, as well as other diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and cancer, which afflict low and middle income countries. Learning from a network of leading professionals, you will examine the threat to public health from existing, new and re-emerging diseases that spread through immigration, travel and global trade.
The culmination of the program is the Global Health Symposium/Field Orientation in India, where students from partner universities present their research, receiving critical feedback from health policy-makers, activists, and expert researchers in the global health field. At the symposium, students:
Following the symposium, course-based students branch off to complete global health practicums while thesis students continue their thesis research and begin preparing for defense.
Stewardship is provided by the program’s Global Health Advisory Board — with Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands as Honorary Chair. Made up of leaders from the business world, international NGOs and healthcare consultancies as far-spread as Japan, Africa and Switzerland, the board oversees the partnership between McMaster and Maastricht and provides the program’s strategic direction.
The MSc Global Health program is delivered through a network of partner universities. These partner universities provide a broad field of expertise, and the opportunity to interact with expert researchers who are active in globalization and international health. Partners include:
Other university affiliations include:
The program is 12 months, held over three terms: fall, winter, and summer. Courses run through the Fall and Winter terms; the winter term culminates with a two-week international Learning Symposium / Field Orientation in Manipal, India. During the subsequent spring/summer term, course-based students complete a practicum and scholarly paper while thesis students work on their dissertation.Thesis students will likely be required to work into the fall/winter term for an extended period.
No. Given the intensity of a 12-month M.Sc. program, students must be prepared to make a full-time commitment.