Global Health is a field that integrates expertise and perspectives from different disciplines, based on the determinants of health that have a complex structure in the globalizing world. It provides a new platform for research, education, and information about the health problems facing the world.
Global Health work focuses largely on health issues that go beyond the borders of nations. Health policies, health inequalities, gender inequalities, migration, violence, global climate crisis, urbanization, demographic change, pandemics, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, etc. It brings together many different disciplines of subjects and requires an interdisciplinary approach.
A flexible knowledge and skill set are required to understand and manage the health challenges of our time in the best way. Within this skillset, research, management, communication and collaboration, ethics and professionalism, capacity building, sociocultural and political awareness gain particular importance in terms of global health.
Apart from biological factors, health has many ecological, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social, economic, political and technological determinants. It’s necessary to grasp and evaluate all these factors to create effective and sustainable solutions to global health problems.
Those who complete the program will acquire competencies in epidemiology and research, analyzing causes, effects and relationships that determine health at the global level, strategic analysis, program management, policy development, communication and collaboration, ethics and professionalism, capacity building, sociocultural and political awareness.
The MSc in Global Health (Non-Thesis) is designed to be completed in 1 calendar year over 2 semesters (Fall, Spring). During this year the students will complete a total of 10 courses (30 credits) and a graduation project supervised by one of the program faculty members. Courses are offered during weekdays (Monday-Friday) and working hours. (if necessary the courses will be held on weekends)
Having a bachelor’s degree in related fields including Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Administrative Sciences and Natural Sciences.
Those who have a career goal in these fields can continue their careers in many different national and international institutions as health policy analysts and consultants, health services managers, health educators, epidemiologists, researchers and lecturers.
The Global Health Master Program, a novelty in Turkey, is a newly established platform for research, education, and information exchange addressing today’s global health problems. The program is carried out by Koç University Graduate School of Health Sciences in cooperation with the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. It is focussed on health issues that go beyond the borders of the nations in a rapidly globalizing world. Its content and objectives are developed to be of high relevance to professionals from different disciplines, including but going beyond professionals trained in the field of health. The graduates of the program will have the capacity to conduct high level research and develop interventions and solutions that will directly contribute to the prevention of diseases, promotion of health and an increase in the quality of health services in the national and international arena. Our Global Health Master's program is designed as a learner-oriented curriculum diversified according to the needs of the participants. In addition to presentations made by national and international experts, interactive and participatory learning methods will be used, in which students share their experiences from their field and the knowledge they have gained in the program. Case examples to be presented in the program will address immanent topics at regional, national, and global level.