MSc in Global Health

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
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MSc in Global Health

Trinity College Dublin

MSc in Global Health

This innovative and successful programme, run by the Centre for Global Health, aims to provide graduates with a greater appreciation of the global interconnectedness of health problems and to equip them with a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the challenges of global health. Designed for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions, the programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach that integrates health and social science perspectives to analyse, design, implement and evaluate health programmes within a global context.

Global health is an attempt to address health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries, and are informed by the circumstances and experiences of countries in differing contexts. The underlying assumption is that the world’s health problems are shared and are best tackled by cooperative action and the sharing of innovative solutions.

The MSc in Global Health augments traditional approaches to public and international health by bringing together perspectives and insights from a range of health and social sciences in understanding and resolving the challenges of global health. These problems may arise, for example, in relief and development programmes in developing countries; in conflict and post-conflict situations; with refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants; with tourists and business travellers. All countries give rise to inequities in health, wealth, education and human rights, and the interconnectedness of these issues will be a major theme running throughout the course.

The course also lays emphasis on ‘local' experiences that resonates globally in the case of Ireland. These include the influence of poverty and rapid social change on health and identity in Ireland; migration and refugee welfare, the consequences of ethnic conflict, the peace process and the challenges of reconciliation for creating inclusive health services. The strongest emphasis within the course is on health in developing countries and the impact of globalisation.

What is Global Health?

Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdiscipinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.

Programme Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to equip students with the analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges of global health whether they are in high-income or low-income countries. On successful completion of this programme graduates will be able to:

  1. Propose viable solutions through the knowledge of current perspectives and insights from a range of health and social sciences and understanding of the broader and interconnecting causes of the world's health problems
  2. Apply a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges of global health in an ethically responsible manner and to contribute on a broader scale to the design, implementation and evaluation of health programmes
  3. Apply knowledge, handle complexity and exercise best judgements, individually and in groups, when faced with inevitable health challenges created by diverse settings by utilising leadership and other key skills
  4. Effectively communicate through appropriate media and audiences, and efficiently take responsibility to complete complex health-related activities individually and in groups
  5. Demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills and capacity for self-directed learning to advance professionally in the field of global health through further study or work in countries at any level of development
  6. Independently plan and conduct a global health-related research project in a domestic or international setting and disseminate research findings accordingly

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The programme adopts the following methods to facilitate teaching and learning among participants:

  • Teaching based on evidence from current research
  • A learning methodology that stresses active participation of students and acknowledgement and utilization of the varied experience that each participant brings to the course
  • Team based learning and teaching that reflects the reality in which people work in the global health arena
  • An assessment strategy that allows students to direct both individual assignments and dissertations to their own career interests and professional development
  • An assessment strategy which encourages students to develop critical appraisal, analytical and methodological capabilities to address the challenges of global health
  • A range of strategies that encourages self directed learning and individual ownership and utilization of learning opportunities.

Students are expected to be active in charting the direction of their learning and utilization of available learning opportunities. Based on the above, the teaching and learning methods include:

Self-Directed Study
Self-directed study is a major component of the course. With this method, participants are encouraged to utilize the wide range of learning resources at their disposal, some of which are introduced at the beginning of the course. Students are advised to set aside study time each week, ideally on Thursday and Fridays which are lecture-free days during Term 1. As the assessment is ongoing throughout the year, students need to be disciplined in organising time for writing assignments. Some study time has been scheduled into the timetable. This is primarily to allow students to source material in the libraries and work in study groups.

Formal Lectures
These facilitate orientation to topics and issues and presentation of relevant updated information and specialized knowledge in an organized manner. At the Masters level, lectures provide useful background information that aid critical assessment of module materials and self directed learning.

Interactive Lectures and Discussions
This is a situation where the module coordinator or a member of the class leads in the discussion of issues, which were raised during presentations. Participants are encouraged to interact and share their knowledge with others in the group. This provides an opportunity to explore the varied experience of participants within the group.

Seminars and Presentations
Seminars and presentations give participants the opportunity to investigate topics and present their findings to the rest of the group. They are useful in that they enable participants acquire investigatory experience, the sharing of knowledge gained and the justification to others of the conclusions reached.

This encourages participatory learning exercises where students are allocated to small groups to share knowledge and experiences and attempt to resolve problems arising from lectures and self directed study.

Case Studies
Detailed case studies may be used as a teaching method to comprehensively describe a number of global health issues. Using real-life situations will help students consider a number of important lessons and appreciate the complexity of global health.


Admission to the MSc in Global Health programme at Trinity College Dublin is competitive with a maximum of 25 students per year. Applicants should possess a strong academic record, international experience, and an interest in global health issues.

The online application system is available from late November in the year prior to entry, and applications will be reviewed following three rounds of admissions. The three application deadlines are the first day of February, April and June. Your application and all supporting materials, including references, must be received by these deadlines. It is advised to submit your complete application as early as possible prior to the deadline. Late applications may be accepted after the final application deadline if places are still available.

Entry Requirements

This programme is intended for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions who wish to develop an understanding of health issues that integrate health and social science perspectives in a global context. As global health is a multidisciplinary field, applicants can be graduates of any academic discipline.

Trinity College Dublin has high academic entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Applicants will need to hold:

  • At least a 2.1 honours degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
  • A fluent command of the English language (requirements below)

In addition to the general entry requirements for postgraduate study in Trinity College, applicants must have a demonstrated interest and/or experience in global health or health issues in developing countries.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English, must provide supporting documentary evidence of their competence in English.

The following tests results are recognised:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5 with no individual band below 6
  • TOEFL: 88 – internet-based, 230 – computer-based, 570 – paper-based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests: Examinations Minimum Level Required IELTS Grade 6.5 TOEFL 230 – computer based 570 – paper based 88 – internet based Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59)

Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 29, 2017
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1 - 2 years
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Ireland - Dublin
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