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Global Health Consortium

A Global Network of Partner Institutions

Successful global health initiatives require strategic action, innovative approaches, and – most importantly – international co-operation. 

In 2010, McMaster joined forces with Maastricht University in the Netherlands to create a best practice model of international collaboration in higher education. Since then, the Master of Science in Global Health program has evolved, and is now delivered in co-ordination with a network of partner universities. Together, we have become a higher education consortium that researches and teaches globalization and health and provides an opportunity to share knowledge and resources.

The consortium is made up of seven diverse academic institutions that span five continents. The partners attract a diverse student body, and in any given year, students come from more than 35 countries, and conversations may take place in more than 50 languages. The institutions within the consortium engage in ongoing collaboration and dialogue to identify the skills and knowledge graduates need to navigate the global health landscape – today and in the future.

Recognized Internationally

Forward-thinking, responsive, and proactive, the MSc Global Health program has been recognized for innovative programming and academic excellence. Designed to prepare graduates for careers in a globalized world, the program immerses students in an experiential learning environment that stresses high quality transdisciplinary research and global team work, gained by first-hand experience in international collaboration. 

In 2015, the program received the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education (Academic category). In 2016, the program was awarded Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation by the independent Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). And, in 2017, the program was ranked 2nd in the accredited Health Sciences category of Keuzegids, an independent consumer guide published annually by the Dutch Higher Education Information Centre.

Partners in Higher Education

The evolving consortium of academic institutions (two private and five public) shares the same commitment to providing an equitable, inclusive, and high-quality education to create a globally competent workforce.

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McMaster University - Canada

McMaster University consistently ranks among the world’s top universities. The MSc Global Health program is an award-winning program that brings together faculties of social sciences, health sciences, business and humanities, and equips graduates with the skills and experience required for careers in the global health field. The program combines classroom experiences with online collaboration in virtual teams, and exchanges to the Netherlands and Norway in the winter term, for eligible students, to complete electives. Students also complete a field practicum which requires them to work in an approved public or private organization related to your identified area.

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Maastricht University - The Netherlands

Maastricht is the most international university in the Netherlands, known for its inventive education model and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. The Global Health program, launched in 2010, is housed within Maastricht’s Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. As part of the consortium, Maastricht University hosts exchange students from partner institutions within the consortium as well as offering the MSc Global Health Program.

Learn more about the program at Maastricht

Manipal Academy of Higher Education - India

Since 2014, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) has been an associate member of the Global Health program. Each year, the MSc GH program culminates in an international symposium at MAHE, where students from partner universities present their research, receiving critical feedback from health policy-makers, activists, and expert researchers in the global health field. MAHE also accepts exchange students from Maastricht University to study a specialization in Global Health as part of their Public Health program.

Learn more about the program at MAHE

Thammasat University - Thailand

Thammasat University, an associate member of the consortium since 2014, is Thailand’s second oldest university. At the forefront of social movement, the university offers an ideal scholarly environment for global health. The uniqueness of the Global Health program is demonstrated by its emphasis on social determinants of health inequities in an increasingly interdependent world and consequently adopting a socio-political perspective in promoting the public’s health. The Thammasat programs capitalize on global partnerships, interregional capacity building, and a South-to-South focus in preparing graduates to become critical thinkers and tomorrow’s leaders.

Learn more about the program at Thammasat

University of South-Eastern Norway - Norway

With a grant from the High North Fund, awarded in March 2015, McMaster University and University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) created a joint global health course: Global transition within local communities. Small places, big changes. The semester is available as an exchange for McMaster and Maastricht students and teaches future global healthcare leaders critical approaches to investigating policies from all points of view, while providing healthcare leaders located in the circumpolar north with easier access to higher education and enabling faculty and student exchanges.

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Universidad del Rosario - Colombia

Universidad del Rosario began offering a two-year International MA of Public Health in September 2017. As a result of the partnership, Rosario students have access to a one-year specialization in global health. Students from partner universities are able to complete the elective track in Community Health in Slums at Rosario.

Learn more about the program at Rosario

Ahfad University for Women - Sudan

Ahfad University for Women is a recent associate member of the consortium. Ahfad’s School of Health Sciences offers an MSc in Human Nutrition, the first of its kind in Sudan and the surrounding region and is currently collaborating with McMaster and our partners to develop the MSc in Global Health.

Learn more about the program at Ahfad