Global Health B.Sc.
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Are you passionate about creating a meaningful impact in global health? Fulda University of Applied Sciences offers a programme tailored to your ambition. Our curriculum is designed to address health disparities and promote global health equity. Choose Fulda and navigate the dynamic world of global health.
Note: Global Health study programme is a further developement of the already existing study programme International Health Sciences.
What is the study programme about?
Recent global health challenges, like the global pandemic, political conflicts, and rising rates of non-communicable diseases highlight the interconnected nature of health issues that transcend national boundaries. Now, more than ever, there's a need for skilled professionals who can navigate these complexities and prepare public health institutions for the challenges and advantages of globalization. The Bachelor of Science in Global Health equips you to address the interplay of structural, political, social, economic, and environmental determinants shaping global health. You will engage critically with many dimensions affecting global health, including government policies, demographic shifts, disparities in wealth, climate change, and many more. Through a holistic education spanning health, social, and political sciences and with unique features like international internships, study abroad options, hands-on research, and mentoring by professors actively working in the field, Fulda’s Global Health programme prepares you to be tomorrow's global health leaders.
What are the admission requirements?
- University entrance qualification is required for admission
- Language proficiency levels must meet the following criteria:
- English language proficiency at B2 level
- Accepted Certificates:
- TOEFL (paper-based): Min. score 543
- TOEFL (internet-based): Min. score 76
- IELTS: Min. score 6.0
- DAAD: Min. score of 4 x c
- Duolingo English test: Min. score 100
- Accepted Certificates:
- Proficiency in the German language at the A2 level is strongly recommended for students holding international educational certificates.
- English language proficiency at B2 level
What is the language of the study programme?
The study programme is conducted entirely in English. Additionally, during the first semester module, students have the opportunity to learn or improve another language. International students who have no German language skills upon arrival must opt for a German language course and attain at least an A1 level in German. The semester abroad (in 4th semester) allows students to solidify their proficiency in another language. For those international students who do not participate in the semester abroad, this semester provides another opportunity to further develop their German language skills.
While the language of the study program is English, international students are strongly recommended to have at least an A2 level (or higher) of proficiency in the German language before starting the program. This suggestion is essential for managing their daily lives outside the university and for enhancing their prospects in the German job market upon graduation.
This is a full-time, on-campus programme that spans seven semesters and awards 210 ECTS credits.
German students are required to complete a semester abroad in the 4th semester. International students have the option to complete a semester abroad or choose from a variety of modules within Fulda university or another university in Germany.
In the 5th and 6th semesters, all students participate in a study project that spans both semesters, providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge to practice.
The internship in the seventh semester, with an organization involved in the field of Global Health, is mandatory for all students.
GH 1 Intercultural Communication
GH 2 Language Acquisition
Global Health Foundations
Academic Reasoning and Techniques in Health Sciences
GH 5 Global Burden of Disease
Health Project Planning, Management, and Evaluation
Social Research Methods
GH 8 The German Health Care System from Health Economics and Political Sciences Perspectives
Compulsory Elective Meth-
Evidence-In- formed Decision-Making for Global Health
Health Inequalities in and between Countries
GH 9a Qualitative Research Methods for Global Health
GH 9b Quantitative Research Methods for Global Health
GH 12a Semester Abroad
Customized Global Health Semester (Only for international students)
GH 12b EU Health Policy: Institutional Responsibilities, Areas of Action and Challenges
Health and Social Justice
Elective modules of choice from an- other programme, department, university or institution
GH 13 Health Systems in the Global Context
GH 14 Global Health Practice
GH 15 Study Project Global Health
GH 16 Global Health Policy, Politics, Power and Rights 10 ECTS
GH 17 Planetary Health
GH 18 Internship
GH 19 Bachelor Thesis Global Health
How can I apply?
Beginning late 2024 (see dates below), the programme will accept applications for the first intake in summer semester 2025.
Note: the application process is exclusively conducted through an online platform (Uni-assist or Horstl).
Students holding international education certificates can submit their applications beginning September 1st, 2024. Students with German education certificates can submit their applications beginning December 1st, 2024. All applications for summer semester 2025 must be submitted by March 31st, 2025.
What are the job opportunities after finishing the study programme?
Addressing global health issues requires well-trained individuals who understand their nuances and complexity, and who can work together across various fields to find solutions.
A Bachelor's in Global Health provides a solid footing for future engagement in international development, the health sector, or global corporations. Additionally, there is the opportunity for further studies, for example Master’s degree in fields such as Public Health.
Potential fields of work for our graduates available in various domains, including:
- Multilateral health-related organizations (e.g., WHO, ILO, EU, Word Bank etc.).
- Governmental and health institutions in Germany and abroad (RKI (Robert Koch Institute - public health institute in Germany), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention etc.)
- Faith-based, charitable development organizations, and non-governmental organizations worldwide (Caritas, Islamic Relief, Save the Children etc.).
- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
- German and international consultancy firms.
- Internationally operating companies.
- Public bilateral and multilateral development organizations (GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), USAID (United States Agency for International Development), FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) etc.).
Fees and Expenses/ Financial Assistance:
There is no tuition fee for the Bachelor of Science program. Nevertheless, students are required to make a semester contribution of approximately €300. You can read about the approximate costs of living here: Cost and Funding.
For international students at Fulda University in need of financial assistance, several options are available. For further details, please refer to Scholarships and financial aid.
Detailed programme description
Building a Strong Foundation:
The foundation for your Bachelor of Science in Global Health education consists of the Global Health Foundations (GH 3) module in the first semester. These fundamentals are complemented by modules that equip students to conduct research and academic investigations (e.g., through Academic Reasoning and Techniques in Health Sciences (GH 4), Social Research Methods (GH 7), and Evidence-Informed Decision-Making for Global Health (GH 10).
Understanding Global Health Challenges:
Navigate critical health terrain with the Global Burden of Disease (GH 5) and master the art of Health Project Planning, Management, and Evaluation (GH 6). The curriculum looks into the German Health Care System (GH 8), and broadens with insights into Health Systems in the Global Context (GH 13) and the pressing issues of Health Inequalities (GH 11).
A hallmark of our programme is the Study Project in Global Health (GH 15). Dive into collaborative projects, with an opportunity to investigate in depth specific issues in Global Health.
Policy, Governance, and Environmental Health:
Forge ahead with the complexities of Global Health Policy, Politics, Power, and Rights (GH 16). Complementing this is the in-depth exploration of Planetary Health (GH 17), elucidating the intricate relationship between health and our environment.
International Exposure and Customized Global Health Semester:
For German students, the 4th semester comprises an enriching Semester Abroad while our international students have the exclusive opportunity to customize their own learning experience through a Customized Global Health Semester with courses such as EU Health Policies (GH 12b), Health and Social Justice (GH 12c) or other elective modules.
As the culmination of the programme, students immerse themselves in a hands-on internship (GH 18) that ultimately leads to the final demonstration of their expertise with the Bachelor Thesis in Global Health (GH 19).
“Through this programme, I get to improve my awareness of the complex connections between social conditions and the health of people and populations and develop competence to work in the global health field.” Danielle Feldmann
“Our study programme is very interactive. We are not just supposed to listen and learn by heart. We should discuss things and form our own opinions about them.” Saskia Jaenecke