Master's Programme in Global Health

  • 60 credits
  • 1 years
  • Start of programme: Introductory week in late August. Lectures begin on 29 August 2016.  
  • Degree: Master of Science (60 credits) in Medical Science  

The global health curriculum focuses on the challenges that transcend national borders and have an impact on current as well as future generations.

Programme presentation

Global health integrates expertise and perspectives from the fields of public health, medicine, epidemiology, health economics, behavioural 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.

Career opportunities

You have a potential field of work in national or international organisations 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 PhD training.

Autumn 2016

  • Full time (100%), Lecturing in daytime
  • Study location: Solna
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 15 January 2016
  • Application code: KI-D1000


The online application opens 16 October 2015.

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Specific 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. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 180 000 SEK
First instalment: 90 000 SEK
Payment of fees


For more information about the course and its outline, please contact Joel Monárrez-Espino ,

If you have questions about application and admission procedures please visit

Application and Admission.

Programme website

Master's Programme in Global Health

The Global Master's Programme in Global Health will give you a future dedicated to addressing the world's health challenges and focuses on how relevant research can contribute evidence to assist in meeting these challenges.

A day in the life of Caity Jackson, Global Health student from Canada

Student vloggers Adeeb and Dan have followed Caity Jackson, a student in 2013 in the master's programme in Global Health, for a day. This is her story!