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Master, Policy Stream: Global Health

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Description and objectives of the Global Health Policy Stream

Health system building, strengthening and resilience, health financing and regulation, technological innovation, people-centred health care, availability of sufficient human resources for health, health crisis management: here are some of the challenges health systems are facing today. The Global Health Policy Stream  of the School of Public Affairs’ Masters offers a multidisciplinary approach to understand, tackle and find innovative solutions to public health policy issues.

Combining theoretical and practical approaches and based on courses offered by both members of the permanent faculty of Sciences Po and practitioners from the health sector, the programme aims to equip students with a range of coursework, tools and skills needed to implement integrative problem solving for global and domestic health issues and to operate at the national, european and international level in a sector marked by its constantly changing nature.

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Curriculum of the Global Health Policy Stream

First year of master

Students follow courses presenting the actors, processes and challenges health systems are facing (semester 1) as well as the normative and economic tools for understanding these issues (semester 2): Global Health Governance and Challenges, Global Health Policy, Global Health Law and Regulation, Global Health Economics.

In order to complement this toolset, a biostatistics workshop is offered during the inter semester.

Second year of master

The second year allows students to develop professional skills depending on the sector they want to evolve in, whether in the public, private, research, voluntary or non-governmental sector. Courses in the third semester cover Evidence-based health policy-making, the role of Non-state actors in Global Health, Understanding research on health determinants and Digital Innovation in the healthcare industry.

During their final semester (semester 4), students have the opportunity to apply these professional skills through an internship or to further develop an area of expertise by writing a Master's thesis or by undertaking an academic exchange at a partner university.

This curriculum is completed by common academic core courses, core courses specific to the chosen Master's degree, elective courses, language courses and optional courses. 

In addition, throughout their curriculum, students have access to topical conferences on major health issues, professional meetings with stakeholders in the sector and to the Policy Lab, which offers teaching modules on specific health issues: challenges from the Public Policy Incubator, case studies and simulations.

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Specific features of the Global Health Policy Stream

  • Global Health Governance and Challenges
  • Global Health Policies
  • Global Health Law and Regulation
  • Global Health Economics
  • Evidence-based policy making in health: theory and practice(s)
  • Non-state actors in Global Health
  • Understanding research on Health Determinants
  • Digital Innovation and Solutions in Healthcare Industry
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Who are our students?

We welcome around 20 students in this Policy Stream each year.

Our students come from Sciences Po Collège universitaire, from social sciences and humanities curriculum at the University but also from scientific, medical or public health curricula.

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Programme of the Global Health Stream

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Career opportunities after the Global Health Stream

At the end of the programme, students will be equipped with the following professional skills:

  • Analyse & Evaluate public policy in health;
  • Connect research & policy; 
  • Advocate for a cause;
  • Be able to develop health strategies at the local, national or international level;
  • Manage a health project;
  • Monitor & evaluate a health programme.

Our graduates pursue careers in:

  • Government, for example at the Ministry of Health or in Health agencies;
  • Hospitals, both public and private;
  • Consulting firms in strategy, transformations, communication;
  • Industries, like pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology firms or food industries;
  • European institutions or European health agencies;
  • International Organizations.
  • Operational & advocacy non-governmental organizations.
  • Foundations;

Find out more about career opportunities.

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Scientific advisor of the global health stream

Daniel Benamouzig - Director of research at the CNRS, Head of the Chaire Santé (Sciences Po)

His research ranges from public health and economic policy to institutional governance. He studied the history of health economics and transformations in the regulation of the sector. He continues to conduct research in the field of economic sociology and political sociology of healthcare and he is particularly interested in institutional changes and the mobilization of knowledge in this field.

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