Master's Programme in Global Health


Program Description


Global health integrates expertise and perspectives from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, health economics, behavioral science, environmental sciences, and anthropology, among others. It provides a new platform for research, education, and information on health challenges faced by the world population.


This one-year programme consists of three parts. The core part provides a common knowledge base for all students. The advanced part contains courses addressing different specific areas of global health such as human resource development, reproductive health, disaster preparedness and so on. The final part is a research project submitted as a thesis, which can be carried out in Sweden or in a low or middle-income country where Karolinska Institutet has an existing collaboration.

Programme outline

*might be subject to changes

Semester 1

  • Global Health
  • Research Methodology
  • Health Policy, Management, and Economics
  • Infectious Diseases - a Challenge to Global Health: Clinical, Social and Preventive Aspects

Semester 2

  • Maternal and Child Health in a Global Perspective
  • NCD, Non-Communicable Diseases, Injuries, Natural Emergencies and Conflicts in a Global Health Perspective

Semester 1 and 2

  • Degree Project

Career opportunities

You have a potential field of work in national or international organizations that work with low or middle-income countries around issues related to poverty and health. Upon completion of the programme, you are also eligible to apply for Ph.D. training.

karolinska3Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits.

Proficiency in the English language should be documented by an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL: internet based (iBT) with a total score of at least 90 and minimum score of 20 on written test, paper based (PBT) with a total score of at least 575, and minimum score of 4.5 on written test, or IELTS (academic) with an overall mark of at least 6.5 and no band less than 5.5; or other documentation that according to regulations certifies the equivalence of English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school.


The selection is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications such as previous education, relevant work and/or research experience and statement of intent. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Applicants to Karolinska Institutet´s Global Master´s programmes are asked to complete a CV form that will be used in the selection process.

Contact the Admissions Office at KI if you have any questions,

Application and tuition fees

If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees.

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

  • Total amount: 180 000 SEK
  • First installment: 90 000 SEK
Last updated February 2018

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