• UAB-specific Master's Degree
  • Code: 2973/11
  • 11th edition
  • Modality: Blended
  • Credits: 65 ECTS
  • Start date: 12/09/2022
  • Finish date: 14/09/2024
  • Places: 59
  • Orientation: Professional
  • Price: 4615 €
  • Special price 4154 €
    Group of application: Alumni UAB Premium+
  • Teaching language: Spanish (90%), English (8%), Others (2%)
  • Location: Hospital Universitari de la Vall d'Hebron
The Master’s Degree in International Health and Cooperation, a UAB-specific qualification, is a training project of its own, with a long history and adapted to the demands of cooperation in international health, which responds to the needs of health professionals (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biology, veterinary, nutrition, physiology, dentistry, etc.) to have specialized and practical training and that, in turn, allows them to continue their professional activity, want to dedicate themselves or professionally to international cooperation and humanitarian action, working with NGOs, institutions and international development cooperation agencies in health and international centers in the identification, treatment and control of diseases with the highest prevalence in tropical geography and those confined to low-income countries and the so-called "fourth world". Therefore, this Master's Degree empowers them with the skills and skills to intervene and improve the health of communities in precarious contexts, emergencies, catastrophes and humanitarian action, to be effective and consistent with the multidimensional reality of health, to apply a rights approach, take into account the complex relationships between health and poverty and respond to the challenges posed by globalization , with their contrasts and inequalities.

The professionalising character of this master’s degree means that it is divided into four parts: Acquisition of knowledge (20 ECTS, on-line education). Year 1 Trimester 1 (September-December when full-time). Basic part of the course aimed at acquiring knowledge of international health issues, with a critical approach to different world realities from a public health perspective. 2. Ability to use and apply this knowledge and skills (14 ECTS, on-line education). Year 1 Trimester 2 (January-March when full-time). Advanced part of the course by which students apply and link the gained knowledge to the international cooperation field and crisis and emergency situations. 3. Ability to use and apply this knowledge in simulated practice (16 ECTS, face-to-face classes). Year 1 Trimester 3 (April-July when full-time). Advanced on-campus part by which students apply the gained knowledge to similar situations that professionals find in real- world scenarios. Competences: to learn trough real practice and group collaboration learning. 4. Ability to use and apply this knowledge in a real-world setting guided by objectives (15 ECTS). Year 2 Semester 1 or 2 when full-time (professional practice placement in international health and development projects and presentation of master’s thesis). In this part, students learn to identify and face health and social problems with its complexities within the scope of their professional practice and learn how to carry out a master’s thesis on the selected topic showing critical analysis and problem-solving abilities.

The integrated social orientation of this training is directly linked to an international reality in which cooperation in health should be used to strengthen health systems in developing countries by creating agile and effective structures, and not simply be directed towards the fight against diseases or towards replacing specific vertical programmes. The demand for specialists with adequate training from NGOs and international-cooperation institutions reflects this, both in support projects and humanitarian cooperation and in the health centres and networks of these countries, as well as in the services and of international health agencies in the developed countries. We therefore propose this specific form of training to respond to this professional demand.

Career opportunities

-International Cooperation and Health Agencies and Institutions (NGOs, Public and Private Institutions for Health and Development Cooperation, National and International, Health Problem Management Entities, Evaluation of Health Systems and Policies, etc.)
-Public health, community health and social medicine systems in low- and middle-income countries.
-Organizations whose objectives include combating poverty, discrimination or inequity in access to health services.
-Organizations or entities acting in emergencies in health, humanitarian action, crisis situations or war.
-Public or private entities in the field of quantitative or qualitative research in International Public Health.
-Travellers’ Health Centers & Vaccination, Community Health Care and Immigration and Emerging Disease Control.
-Entities for the prevention, protection and promotion of public health in precarious situations or in emergencies.


Master's students undertake tutored work experience (9 ECTS credits, approximately 2 months) in health cooperation projects, health centres in low income countries, public health-related institutions and international health organisations. This period of work experience must be taken when 80% of the taught element has been passed.

The projects and centres with which we have agreements for this experience are more than 40 organisations and places for students to choose from according to language, activities and availability. They are geographically situated in SE Asia, many African countries including the north, Sahel, centre and South Africa; Latin America, NGOs and Spanish and Catalan institutions related to international health issues.

The objectives of this activity are:

1. Undertake training exercises in real situations with the aim of understanding and transforming the competences gained on the master's degree course through practical experience and social commitment (values and attitudes). Students bring their own knowledge and abilities and gain experience through their effort and the will to participate during this time, trying to use limited means available to them to bring some improvement to the project related the health environment.

2. Identify a health problem during the work experience period. Students are required to have a critical outlook in their observation and surroundings to be able to make a health diagnosis with the aim of identifying a health problem or the repercussions of health for the community. The final aims of this process is for students to be able to reorientate the knowledge and experience gained on the Master's degree to propose hypotheses which can be validated or refuted and be able to offer solutions that are pertinent and efficient for real problems that they identify during their professional placement. They should be able to collect sufficient data and offer a strategy for a possiblesolution. This material will form the basis of the Master's degree final project. The project must be useful to the centre or project where the work experience was carried out.

Scholarships and financial aid

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Coordinating centres

Departamento de Pediatría, de Obstetricia y Ginecología y de Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública

Collaborating centres

IsGlobal i Salut Internacional Hospital Clínic de Barcelona
Fundació del Sanatorio San Francisco de Boja de Fontilles
Fundaçao Universidade Estadual de Ceará. Funece
Agencia Española de Cooperación para el Desarrollo
Universitat de l'Estat d'Amazones


Pau Aragonés Correderas

Phone: 933160413

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