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Global Health and Development aims to serve those interested in learning about global health and social development, as well as those working in the field.
In our education, research and advocacy, we focus on inequities in health and wellbeing and their social determinants, such as socioeconomic status, gender, and ethnicity. Increasingly, globalization and global social and health policies have impacts in them both in the global South and the global North. Global governance and global political, economic and environmental processes profoundly change our lives.
We believe that knowledge, critical analysis and action are essential tools for improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities at all levels.
Our multidisciplinary team works closely with academics and research groups in social and political science, development economics, education and ethics within and beyond the University of Tampere. We understand public health and medicine, but see wellbeing as a larger phenomenon. We collaborate extensively with a range of national and international institutions, organisations and NGOs.
Master's Degree Programme on Public and Global Health is presently one of our flagship activities. We facilitate the education and learning process of 25 students, the majority from outside Europe. The two-year-programme gives competences closely linked to working life. The intake is every other year.
Our courses, such as Gender and Wellbeing, and Migration and Health are open to all students at the university. Additionally, we organize special courses for medical students and students of nursing science on various topics of global health, such as antimicrobial resistance, the impact of austerity policies on health, and the commercialization of health.
We research the major development and health problems affecting low and middle income countries around the world. Principally, our transdisciplinary research inquires how social and health systems fit the needs of the people who they are meant to serve. Our scope ranges from small to grand: we are keen on learning how local social and environmental determinants shape health and wellbeing, as well as the impact of the global governance structures. Under the broad umbrella of Global Wellbeing, our goal is to provide innovative solutions and pioneering case studies.
Please feel free to contact us with your ideas, comments, and questions. We strongly believe in innovation and co-operation.