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The Master of Science in Global Urban Health

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"This program gave me a better understanding of public health in the global context and in the urban setting. The excursions, especially to WHO, was the most prominent experience for me for networking opportunity." 

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M.Sc. Global Urban Health

The Master of Science in Global Urban Health (MSc GUH) at University of Freiburg is an interdisciplinary, modular course for graduates in the fields of social sciences, medicine, public health, anthropology or similar background who have professional experience in health sciences, environmental health, urban planning / migration or social work. The aim of the course is to convey knowledge, skills and competences concerning the identification and management of risks factors for health in big cities, especially, but not only, in low- and middle income countries. Learn here, how you can become a part of it!


Key information

Starting date Last week of September


Regular applications


DAAD EPOS Scholarship applications


15 April 2023 (for academic year 2023/24)


15 October 2022 (for academic year 2023/24)

Length of the programme 1 year
Mode of Delivery Full-time
Language English
Tution Fees

12.000 EUR (1 year full-time study)



The focus includes the application of appropriate research methods and implementation strategies for the special requirements of areas such as concept development, planning and implementation of health-related interventions. Main topics covered are analysis of environmental health risk factors and socio-economic determinants of health in urban areas, epidemiology and infectious diseases, as well as migration, violence and mental illness within vulnerable groups of the urban population.

The program is based on national and international Global Health and Urban Health concepts and is in line with international strategies such as the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). The modules use participatory learning techniques and practical exercises, field trips as well as study tours to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) in Geneva, the Swiss Tropical Institute (STI) in Basel and several environmental initiatives in and around the green city of Freiburg.

Our Master Program is located in Bismarckallee 22 // D-79098 Freiburg.

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The Master of Science in Global Urban Health will teach you


  • To develop analytical and management skills to meet the challenges of urban health;
  • To identify and quantify biological-psychological-social threats to health and risk factors in urban areas
  • To develop knowledge and skills in the field of prevention,  control,  program development, monitoring and evaluation for improving urban health;
  • To design and conduct research projects in the field of urban health;
  • To make proactive evidence-based decisions and to gain leadership qualities and effective working skills according to the professional background
  • To enhance independent and reflective thinking and inspire an interest for lifelong learning.


Our Master is also a part of The German Association of Postgraduate Programmes with special Relevance to Developing Countries (AGEP). AGEP standards guarantee that its members maintain a high scientific level and apply modern methods of teaching and research.

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