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About the MSc in Global Health
The MSc in Global Health is a research-based, cross-disciplinary master of science programme offered by the University of Copenhagen, as part of the research and educational activities organised by the Copenhagen School of Global Health.
The programme comprises, among others, the following disciplines: medical anthropology, biology and biomedicine, demography, epidemiology, medicine, nutrition, public and international health, economics, political and social science, and sociology.
The MSc in Global Health will foster graduates with analytical and practical skills related to human health in a globalised world. As a graduate in Global Health you will be able to analyse the many interrelated determinants impacting human health and disease ranging on a scale from individual to society, with a focus on the global perspective - including politics, policies, trade and economy, frameworks, socio-cultural issues, and climate change.
Teaching and learning methods varies between lectures and classroom instruction, visits to field sites, case and project work carried out individually or together with other students. Students are encouraged to participate actively in class discussions.
Why study Global Health?
Globally, there is a great inequality in health status and this inequality is a barrier to development. Better health provides economic development, quality of life and safety. A newborn in Sierra Leone, for example, can expect to have 29 healthy years, compared to 75 years in Japan.
Peoples and individuals' health status is increasingly dependent on processes at the global level:
Increased physical mobility; voluntarily (e.g. in the form of increased travel) and involuntarily (e.g. in connection with disasters and conflicts) resulting in new distribution patterns of infectious diseases.
Urbanization and increasing population sizes, which causes increased pressure on existing resources, including water, forest and farmland.
Social mobility; disease patterns are changing rapidly in low and middle income countries in the context of the economic and climatic development and requires adaptation of health systems and educational institutions.
An intensified over-national cooperation is increasingly affecting the national political and economic framework of, for example food production and food security, trade and distribution of medicines.
At the same time, a rapid development in technologies for prevention and treatment is occurring, which creates new opportunities for health, including medical tourism and distant diagnosis and treatment.