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Graduates of the MSc in Global Health are living and working all over the world in organizations including hospitals, health clinics, NGOs, universities, and research institutes. Here are a few of them. If you graduated from the MSc Global Health program and would like to be featured, please get in touch.

MSc Global Health student Aloka Wijesooriya

Global Health student Aloka Wijesooriya’s vision for a futuristic work world earns second place in international innovation competition

MSc Global Health student Aloka Wijesooriya’s vision for a future working world - where people and organizations work together and respectfully to care for the environment and society - placed runner-up in the recent annual U21/PwC Innovation Challenge.

MSc Global Health alumna Sylvia Gawad standing outside the YWCA building in Halifax.

Global Health alumna Sylvia Gawad: Working to improve the newcomer experience

Sylvia Gawad chose the MSc Global Health program because she wanted a hands-on education that would not only give her the knowledge, but the practical skills, to be a leader in the field. This preparation will serve the recent alumna well as she pursues her long-term goal of running for office.

MSc Global Health alumna Yomna Omar

Global Health alumna Yomna Omar: Empowering displaced individuals with sexual health information

Yomna Omar will never forget the moment she realized that the refugees she was working with during her field practicum felt comfortable confiding in her. “The experience was truly life-changing,” says the 2018 MSc Global Health graduate. “These individuals came to perceive me as someone they could trust with their life stories, their health and their hopes for the future.”

Area around Accra, Ghana

Experiential learning takes Global Health student beyond borders

After finishing her undergraduate program in Life Sciences here at Mac, Shivani Shah wanted to move away from the microscope and see the bigger picture: how health is affected, not just by disease, but by politics, economics and social conditions.

MSc Global Health student Rasha Mansour

Student Spotlight: Rasha Mansour on how the Syrian crisis impacted her decision to study global health

When MSc Global Health student and program ambassador Rasha Mansour was 23 years old, she joined the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) as a volunteer and visited a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The camp was just outside of her home town of Tartous, and the experience was life changing.

MSc Global Health alumnus David Hill

New VIDEO: Global is local - Spotlight on David Hill, Global Health alumnus working at Mac

International education week kicks off today, highlighting the impact that international education has in preparing students for the world. MSc Global Health alumnus David Hill graduated from the program in 2015 and is now the program's academic advisor.

Global Health students work towards building capacity in health care in the Caribbean

Global Health students work towards building capacity in health care in the Caribbean

The continued growth of McMaster University's Master of Science in Global Health program has created new opportunities for students to gain real world experience in the global health field, while working collaboratively with partner institutions. 

Meet this Afternoon's Valedictorian Gautham Krishnaraj

Meet this Afternoon's Valedictorian Gautham Krishnaraj

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What would you say to your first year you? Meet Gautham Krishnaraj, valedictorian at the November 16 Convocation for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Sophia den Otter Moore

Q & A with student Sophia den Otter Moore: My practicum experience

Students in the course-based stream of the MSc Global Health participate in a field practicum that provides them with hands-on experience in the global health field. Soon-to-be alumna Sophia den Otter Moore answers questions about her field practicum placement at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

MSc Global Health alumna Celia Walker

Global Health alumna Celia Walker’s climate reckoning: “As the world gets sicker, so do we”

According to the World Health Organization, climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century. But MSc Global Health program alumna Celia Walker says the relationship between climate change and human health is often misunderstood by the public and overlooked within policy-level decision-making.

MSc Global Health student Kristy Yiu

Global Health student Kristy Yiu helps USN develop new master's program

While many of us enjoyed the warmth of this year’s June and July outside, Kristy Yiu spent most of her summer inside her office at campus Vestfold. She is a MSc Global Health student from McMaster who completed her field practicum at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN).

MSc Global Health student Sarah Walji

Global Health student Sarah Walji advocates for young nurses at World Health Assembly

MSc Global Health student Sarah Walji believes that everyone has the ability to make an impact on the world. And as an advocate for young nurses, she’s doing just that. Last week, she travelled to Geneva to take part in the seventy-first World Health Assembly (WHA)...

MSc Global Health student Panthea Pouramin

Student Spotlight: Panthea Pouramin

Panthea Pouramin had always been interested in global health. But it wasn’t until the fourth year of her undergraduate degree, when she took a course focusing on HIV epidemiology, that she began to see it as a field in which she could make a difference.

Katherine Palakovic speaking at alumni event

NEW VIDEOS: Alumni in the Spotlight

MSc Global Health program alumni are making an impact in the field of global health, both locally and internationally, and working to create a brighter world.

Raquel Burgess, soon-to-be graduate of the MSc Global Health program.

Student Spotlight: Raquel Burgess on Tackling Gender Stereotypes and the Value of Optimism

The summer before she started the MSc Global Health program, soon-to-be-alumna Raquel Burgess read The Invention of Wings, a book about abolitionist sisters who were pioneers of women’s rights. The narrative helped inspire her thesis, which explores gender issues – specifically masculinity – in the context of access to breast cancer care in South Africa.

MSc Global Health program student Jaspreet Nannar

On Exchange: Global Health Student Jaspreet Nannar in Norway

When MSc Global Health student Jaspreet Nannar learned about the program’s international exchange to University College of Southeast Norway (USN), she jumped at the opportunity. “It offered a chance to step outside my comfort zone and embrace a different culture,” explains Nannar, who has been living and studying in Tønsberg since January.

Melanie Bisnauth

Global Health Alumna Melanie Bisnauth’s Research Evaluates Treatment Program for HIV-Positive Mothers

MSc Global Health program alumna Melanie Bisnauth recently joined the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) – a project that aims to explore and evaluate ways to generate and communicate knowledge to improve responses to migration, health and well-being in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Spotlight On: MSc Global Health Student Forouhid Peyvandi

Spotlight On: MSc Global Health Student Forouhid Peyvandi

Forouhideh Peyvandi joins fellow MSc Global Health program student Andrew Irwin as a Graduate Student Ambassador. She is excited to have been selected for the role, which involves connecting with students – prospective, past, and present – and helping to promote the program.

Spotlight On: MSc Global Health Student Logan Turner

Spotlight On: MSc Global Health Student Logan Turner

After studying political sciences at the University of Ottawa, where he worked part-time for his local MP Patty Hajdu, Logan Turner was ready to pursue his passion to study global health.

Spotlight On: MSc Global Health Student Nour Al-Nasser

Spotlight On: MSc Global Health Student Nour Al-Nasser

“I want to give voice to the voiceless, and work on their behalf,” says MSc Global Health student Nour Al-Nasser, who is passionate about two specific global health issues: refugee health and preventing violence against women.