Master’s degree for continuing education
Global Health Risk Management & Hygiene Policies

Global Health Risk Management & Hygiene Policies

Global Health is an interdisciplinary field that aims to improve health and health equity worldwide. In addition to the classic challenges of infection, malnutrition and inadequate health care, new challenges, such as antibiotic resistance, the increase in lifestyle-related diseases, migration and the climate crisis are increasingly being addressed.

Students acquire knowledge and understanding in the areas of global health, global clinical care, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, infectious disease prevention and control, healthcare systems, development policy and humanitarian aid, food security, One Health, risk assessment and management and Sustainable Development Goals in this interdisciplinary program. Interdisciplinary approaches allow the health implications of different circumstances to be analyzed and compared, especially in resource-poor settings. The ultimate objective is for students to be able to make decisions about the appropriateness of health interventions based on scientific findings while taking environmental, socio-cultural, political, economic and ethical factors into account.

The English-language master’s degree program in Global Health Risk Management & Hygiene Policies is aimed at university graduates with at least two years of relevant work experience who would like to acquire additional scientifically sound qualifications. It is offered by the University of Bonn in cooperation with the Institute for Environment and Human Security (EHS) at the United Nations University (UNU). At the University of Bonn, the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture and Center for Development Research are involved in teaching and the supervision of master’s theses.

Possible lines of work:

Coordination in the area of healthcare at international institutions and organizations (e.g. WHO in the UN system, World Bank, UNEP and UNICEF or global programs such as GFATM and GAVI), in national healthcare systems (public authorities, ministries, healthcare facilities), development cooperation (e.g. GIZ), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or the private healthcare sector (e.g. companies providing medical and pharmaceutical products)


Tuition: €18,000 total

Master’s degree programs for continuing education are subject to tuition. The amount of tuition depends on the range of courses offered in the particular degree program and is based the program’s scale of charges.

Open admission
Master’s degree for continuing education
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline (at least ECTS 180 credits)

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

A minimum of two years of relevant work experience

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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