Global Health Systems in Africa

Collaborative Specialization

The Collaborative Specialization will augment the training received in the student’s home department by providing specialized training in scholarship related to Global Health Systems in Africa. 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.

Please note that the Global Health Systems in Africa collaborative specialization is not currently accepting applications.

Program Length

  • variable

Program Design

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

Funding Information

  • The Collaborative Specialization does not provide additional funding beyond what the student receives through their home department.
  • Collaborative specialization scholarship and travel awards are available 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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee schedules (per term) are posted on the Office of the Registrar's website at

Admission Requirements

  • Current enrollment in a participating graduate program at Western University.
  • Student must be in good academic standing in their home department.
  • Student must be within the first year of study in the home department program.
  • Permission of home department supervisor to participate in the Collaborative Specialization.

Additional Requirements

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

Application Deadline

  • Ongoing