Collaborative Graduate Program in Global Health Systems

Lake Naivasha

The Collaborative Graduate Program will augment the training received in the student’s home department by providing specialized training in scholarship related to Global Health Systems in Africa. Learning outcomes for the GHS-A program are supplemental to those of the students' home or disciplinary program.  Consequently, students will be expected to meet the learning outcomes of the GHS-A program as well as those of their home program, providing them with an enriched learning experience.

The objective is to provide students with a transdisciplinary, knowledge-to-action, systems approach learning experience (in both research-based and professional programs) in order to become global leaders with an understanding of one of the most challenging, complex areas of the world. Students will explore thematic areas inspired by the 2015-2030 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals where Western University has established strengths such as in poverty reduction; maternal and newborn child health; HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; environment and sustainability; and food and nutrition.

Completion Time


Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-Based/Course-Based/Project-Based as determined by the home program

Funding Details

The Collaborative Program does not provide additional funding beyond what the student receives through their home department.

Collaborative Program Scholarship and Travel Awards

Available to students participating in either or both of:

  • GHS9030-001 - African Field School
  • GHS9040-001 - Practicum, or Research Project done in Africa, minimum 90 day stay

Admission Requirements

  • Current enrollment in a participating graduate program at Western University
  • Student must be in good academic standing in their home department
  • Permission of home department supervisor to participate in the Collaborative Program

Additional Requirements

  • Students' chosen area of research must have relevance to the 2015-2030 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals

Participating Programs

    • Anatomy and Cell Biology
    • Anthropology
    • Applied Math
    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • Statistics

Note:If your current home department is not listed above, please contact Nassisse Solomon.

Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the Collaborative Global Health Systems in Africa Program are expected to fulfill all course and thesis requirements in their home department.

All students

GHS 9010A Foundations of Global Health in Africa (0.5 FCE)

Doctoral Students

An additional 1.0 FCE of Global Health Systems in Africa courses (can be negotiated with the home department to substitute a home degree course requirement)

Options include:

  • GHS 9030 African Field School (1.0 FCE)
  • GHS 9011A Global Health Systems Assessment (0.5 FCE)
  • GHS 9012B Incubators and Accelerators of Innovation (0.5 FCE)
  • GHS 9020B Bridging Research to Policy and Practice to Improve Global Health (0.25 FCE)
  • GHS 9015B Infectious Diseases: Poverty and Global Health (0.5 FCE)

Milestones (non-course degree requirements)

Present their work during a formal, public Western/African Collaboration Day where all GHS-A students will participate.This event is typically held during Western's International Week.

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Application Information



Application Information

For further information on the application process, please contact Nassisse Solomon.