Global Health Master Thesis


Course Objective

The student learns to:
- Independently design and carry out interdisciplinary or
transdisciplinary research (under supervision)
- Recognise and address ethical implications of research results
and their interpretation
- Hold scientific discussions in interdisciplinary teams
- Expand their personal, specialised network
- Deal with uncertainties in interdisciplinary- and
transdisciplinary research
- Critically reflect on their own research and work experiences
- Orally present and defend the research in front of both a
scientific and non-scientific audience

The student practices the following skills
- Independently designing a research project based on the research
proposal written in the ‘Writing research grant proposal’ course (under
- Independently collecting, processing and analysing data (under
- Communicating with different stakeholders involved in the
- Independently and responsibly working in a research organisation
- Monitoring the research quality
- Independently integrating theory and research data, which will
lead to the production of a scientific article (under supervision)

Course Content

In this second research internship, a concrete interdisciplinary- or
transdisciplinary problem is formulated, based on descriptive and
analytical questions on different levels of aggregation (individual,
group, society, system). The complexity of the health problem, combined
with the transdisciplinary research methods makes this internship more
multifaceted compared to the first research internship.
The student starts with a literature scan to place the specific
interdisciplinary- or transdisciplinary research problem in context and
compare it with similar problems, and interpret it using an existing
global health system model. This analysis provides the basis for the
main research question as well as relevant sub-questions, and they will
determine the research methodology. Quantitative and qualitative
research methods are encouraged to gather data (observation,
questionnaires, interviews, focus group discussions and/or dialogue
The research project culminates in a research portfolio and a scientific
article written in English.
The 5-month research project is supervised by a scientific staff member
from one of the three collaborating partner institutes (VU, UvA, AMC).

Teaching Methods

Individual supervision, meetings with the research team and progress

Method of Assessment

Article and oral presentation. All parts need to be passed (6.0).

Entry Requirements

Students need to have passed the exams of 24 EC of the compulsory
courses of year 1 and the courses Addressing the Burden of Disease and
Advanced Methodology ILA in Global Health of year 2 (12 EC) before they
can start the Global Health Master thesis.

Target Audience

Second-year students of the research master in Global Health

Additional Information

Obligatory component for Global Health students.

General Information

Course Code AM_1116
Credits 30 EC
Period P4+5+6
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E.V. Syurina MSc
Examiner prof. dr. J.E.W. Broerse
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.