12 September 2017

Graduate Institute and UNIGE launch global health dual master

The Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have launched a new Dual Master in Global Health and International Affairs/Development Studies.

The course, which is now open for applications, will let students pursue a Master in International Affairs or Master in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute simultaneously with a Master in Global Health from UNIGE. Students will be able to obtain two MA degrees in three years, as opposed to the regular four year completion period.

"The study and practice of global health have become increasingly complex and interdisciplinary”, says course co-director, Institute professor Gian Luca Burci. “Knowledge of a number of related disciplines - from epidemiology to health economics, from governance and diplomacy to law and anthropology - is essential for moving with authority and confidence across this field. The dual master will offer a unique opportunity to draw on the strengths and complementarities of two leading academic institutions in global health”.

Prof. Antoine Flahault of UNIGE says the course will “train global health professionals for tomorrow’s needs. International organisations, public-private partnerships and NGOs want to be better equipped with large and deep profiles to help finding and implementing solutions for health issues. Students in this three year dual degree program will master unique combined skills and competencies.”

Commenting on Geneva’s role as a global health hub, Graduate Institute director Philippe Burrin specified that the project “is much more ambitious than simply launching a dual master. It is a lever that, used strategically, will produce a much greater effect by contributing to the development of a health valley that will grow through the concentrated know-how of universities, international organisations and the private sector. "

LEARN MORE: Details of the programme, and how to apply, can be found on our website.