Global Health, McMaster University

Global Health at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Canada consists of the Global Health Office and Global Health Programs. The programs include a specialization option in the undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) degree program, as well as graduate programs, inclusive of the course-based MSc, thesis program MSc and PhD. McMaster University is an institution that is global in impact. The role of the Global Health Office (GHO) is to support internationalization and enhance the visibility of the Faculty of Health Sciences worldwide.

Global health promotes equity in health and addresses current and future global health issues in innovative and multidisciplinary ways. Studying Global health means going beyond the study of individual diseases or health conditions to explore the complex underlying determinants that give rise to these challenges. Tackling global health issues, therefore, needs a strategy that is collaborative, and an academic experience that is interdisciplinary. Our award-winning international and transdisciplinary programs are designed to prepare graduates for careers in a globalized world.

More than a decade ago, McMaster recognized the need for an international curriculum that provides meaningful exchanges and real-world simulations to prepare future global health leaders. The result is the Global Health programs, created initially in partnership with Maastricht University in the Netherlands and that now involves seven universities from around the world.

Together with our growing network of global partners, we offer high quality education that supports the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our internationalization strategy seeks to extend reach, dissolve borders, and create experiences that are unique, collaborative, and global. The program meets all of these criteria, preparing graduates for careers in a globalized world.

Facts and figures

Year Established 2010
Total Number of Staff 57
Number of Academic Staff 52
Number of Students 225
Focus Areas

Innovative multinational multilinguistic higher education offerings:

- Global health international policies

- Sexual and reproductive health

- Environmental health

- Partnerships with OneHealth in terms of transmission of disease

- Arctic & Circumpolar Health issues

Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Social and behavioural science (others)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)