Centre for MACH - MultidisciplinAry ResearCh in Health Science

Master Course in Global Health

The new Master in Global Health (MGH) is an online second-level, professional and specialty master of 1-year duration offered by the University of Milan through its MACH in close collaboration with experts and teachers from different faculties of the University of Milan, other important universities and organizations from Italy, and major academic institutions from abroad. The MGH aims to deepen knowledge and study contemporary global health issues from an interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial perspective. It is a “blended” course merging distance learning and short residential activities..

This is what your MGH will look like

  • The first 2 weeks will combine online teaching via webinar as well as pre-recorded lectures. See the "Induction weeks program" box
  • The MGH is composed of 16 modules (8 modules each semester) that include pre-recorded lectures, exercises and stages
  • In principle, all lectures are pre-recorded. The exercises may include assignments, workshops, webinars, forum or quiz sessions
  • The lessons and the exercises will all be available on a "Moodle" platform
  • The webinars are ONLINE, “live” and therefore not available on the platform. Mandatory presence at webinars is required

Who can access
The MGH, in English language, is open to post-graduate students from Italy and abroad coming from a variety of different backgrounds: from health and biomedical sciences to economics, social sciences, anthropology, international relations, law, ecology, agronomy, diplomacy, political sciences, communication, management etc.


To provide students the toolbox to understand and analyse health issues with focus on determinants that are interlinked and on solutions that transcend borders and sectors of activity.

Job Opportunities for MGH graduates

Where and When
The online Master of Global Health is a “blended” course merging distance learning and short residential activities. The first two weeks that were scheduled at Palazzo Feltrinelli, in Gargnano on Lake Garda, due to the Covid emergency, will take place entirely online.


(Academic Year 2020-2021)
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(The calendar will be available in September)

(The calendar will be available in September)

The on-line master is composed of 16 modules, 8 for each semester. The modules cover the following macro-areas: Global Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Surveillance & Monitoring, Research, Sustainable Development, Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Noncommunicable Diseases, Development Cooperation, Digital Health, Human-Animal Ecosystem Interface, Agronomy, Economics, International Cooperation, Social Science, Communication. The master enjoys both theoretical lessons and interactive sessions.

Practical sessions include:

  • Stage in laboratories such as San Raffaele Hospital and the ASST Grande Ospedale Niguarda in Milan or equivalent facilities in other countries to familiarize with modern technologies and their use in the response to global health threats
  • Simulations of country visits and role-playing sessions conducted by the WHO Collaborating Centre on Training in Infectious Disease Management in Countries (in collaboration with the Public Health Consulting Group), during the first two weeks at Palazzo Feltrinelli
  • 1-month internship in low- and middle–income settings, in collaboration with different agencies such as Université de Genève (Cameroon), Fondazione Ivo de Carneri (Pemba, Tanzania) and MSC rural missions (eSwatini and Ethiopia)

Composed by professors and experts from Italian and international Institutions.
From Italy: Università di Milano; SDA Bocconi School of Management; Università di Sassari; Università di Brescia; Università di Pavia; Università del Piemonte Orientale; Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Padova; Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan; Ospedale Niguarda, Milan.
From other countries: University of Geneva Institute of Global Health, Geneva (Switzerland); Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (Sweden); Columbia University New York, (USA); Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel (Switzerland); World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva (Switzerland); Graduate Institute, Geneva (Switzerland); UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health, London (UK); Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, (USA); European Respiratory Society, Lausanne (Switzerland).

About the University of Milan

The University of Milan is a public teaching and research university, which - with 8 faculties and 2 schools and a teaching staff of more than 2000 professors - is distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields.
A leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity, the University of Milan is the largest university in the region, with approximately 64,000 students; it is also an important resource for the socio-economic context of which it is a part.
Milan is the capital of Lombardy, one of the most dynamic and international regions in the European Union, a leader in the national economy that stands at the Italian forefront of research and development investments and commitment to technological innovation.
The University of Milan also possesses a remarkable artistic and cultural heritage that includes important historic buildings, inherited and acquired collections, archives, botanical gardens and the old Brera Observatory commissioned by Maria Teresa of Austria.
The University’s departments are housed in important historic buildings in the city centre and in other modern buildings in the area known as Città Studi. Among the historic buildings housing the University’s facilities are the old Ca' Granda – a monumental complex from the 15th-century in the heart of the historical city centre - the 18th-century Palazzo Greppi designed by Giuseppe Piermarini – who built the Scala Theatre in Milan – and the 17th-century Sant’Alessandro College commissioned by the Arcimboldi family.
The book collection, which is one of the richest in the region, is preserved in 47 libraries, while the APICE Centre collects rare and valuable book stocks and archives.
The University also has a Choir and its own Orchestra, which actively contribute to the cultural life of the city and receive international acknowledgements on an increasingly frequent basis.


Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia Medico Chirurgica e dei Trapianti
via Francesco Sforza n. 35, 20122 Milano

Teachers list

Stefano Aliberti, Associate Professor of Respiratory Diseases, University of Milan, Unit of Pneumology, Policlinico of Milan, University of Milan, Italy

Claudia Alteri, PhD, Assistant Professor in Microbiology And Clinical Microbiology, Department of Oncology and Hemato-Oncology, University of Milano

Carlo Agostoni, Full Professor of Pediatrics, University of Milan, Unit of Pediatrics, Policlinico of Milan, Italy

Andrea Atzori, Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Head of International Relations, Padova, Italy

Alberto Battezzati, Full Professor of Phisiology, University of Milan, Italy

Stefano Bocchi, Full Professor of Agronomy, University of Milan, Italy

Bettina Borisch, Professor, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Eric Brenner, Medical Epidemiologist, Teacher at University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA, and Former Teacher, University of Geneva

Francesco Castelli, Full Professor of Infectious Diseases, Director of UNESCO 2014-2018: “Training and Empowering Human Resources For Health Development in Resource-limited Countries”, University of Brescia, Italy

Matteo Cesari, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Milan, Unit of Geriatrics, Policlinico of Milan, Italy

Daniela Cirillo, MD, PhD, Head of Emerging Bacterial Pathogen Unit, IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, Vita-Salute University, Milan, Italy

Marilisa D’Amico, Professor of Constitutional Law, Vice Rector for Legality, Transparency and Equality of Rights, University of Milan, Italy

Rafael Ruiz De Castañeda, Researcher and Lecturer, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Dennis Falzon, Medical Officer, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Antoine Flahault, MD, PhD, Director, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Silvana Galassi, Ex Full Professor of Ecology at University of Milan

Haileyesus Getahun, Director of Global Coordination and Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Philippe Glaziou, MD, Senior Epidemiologist, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Giorgia Gon, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Andrea Gori, Full Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Milan, Unit of Infectious Diseases, Policlinico of Milan, Italy

Vittorio Ingegnoli, Visiting Professor of Landscape Bionomics and Planetary Health, University of Milan, Italy

Bogomil Kholbrenner, Scientific Collaborator, Social Anthropologist, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Ramesh Krishnamurthy, PhD, MPH, PHIF, Senior Advisor, Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery, World Health Organization

Caterina La Porta, Associate Professor Patologia Generale Dipartimento di Scienze e Politiche Ambientali, Centro per La Complessità e Biosistemi, University of Milan, Italy Yejin Lee, Data Management Consultant at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Federico Lega, Full Professor of Business Economics and Administration, University of Milan, Italy

Christian Lienhardt, MD, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France

Antonio E. Longo, Associate Professor of Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani (DASTU), Director MSc in Landscape Architecture Land Landscape Heritage at the School AUIC, Politecnico of Milan, Italy

Knut Lönnroth, Full Professor of Social Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Daniela Lucini, Full Professor of Physical Training and Sports Sciences, Director of postgraduate School of Exercise and sport Medicine, the University of Milan

Viviana Mangiaterra, Associate Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy

Alberto Matteelli, Specialist in Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases at the University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Tuberculosis/HIV and TB Elimination

Maurizio Maugeri, Full Professor Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, Italy

Ali Merzouk, E-learning Coordinator, European Respiratory Society, Lausanne, Switzerland

Giovanni Battista Migliori, Director WHO Collaborating Centre for TB and Lung Diseases, Maugeri Care and Research Institute, Tradate, Italy

Eduardo Missoni, Adjunct Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan, Italy

Maria Cristina Monti, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, unit of Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pavia

Davide Mosca, Realizing Health SDGs for Migrants, Displaced and Communities, Nairobi, Kenya

Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center New York, N.Y., USA

Paola Muti, Professor, Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, University of Milan

Claudia Nannini, Legal Officer, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Laura Piazza, PhD in Food Biotechnology, is associate professor in Food Technology at Department of Environmental Science and Policy of University of Milan, Italy

Luciano Pilotti, Full Professor of Innovation Management and Business Strategies at the ESP - Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, Italy

Giovanni Piumatti, PhD, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Genève, Switzerland

Giovanni Putoto, Head of Planning and Operational Research, Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Padova, Italy

Luca Ragazzoni, Scientific Coordinator of Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine, University of Piemonte Orientale (UNIUPO), Novara, Italy

Mario Carlo Raviglione, Full Professor of Global Health, University of Milan, Italy

Francesco Rio, Consultant in Global Health, Geneva, Switzerland

Giuliano Rizzardini, MD, Director, Infectious Diseases, IRCCS Luigi Sacco Hospital, Milan, Italy

Holger Schünemann, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Medicine, McMaster University , Hamilton, ON, Canada

Richard Skolnik, Former Lecturer, Health policy and Management Department, Yale School of Public Health and Lecturer in the Practice of Management, Yale School of Management, New Haven, USA

Giovanni Sotgiu, Full Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Sassari, Italy

Beat Stoll, Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Master of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Al Story, Associate Professor of Inclusion Health and Co-Director of the UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health, London

Fabrizio Tediosi, Dr. PD, Associate Professor, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland

Zelalem Temesgen, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Pedro Villarreal, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany

Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Secretary-General, International Catholic Migration Commission, Geneva, Switzerland

The ultimate “global health goal” of MACH - that offers the Online Vocational Master in Global Health - is to contribute to the development and implementation across disciplines, in full alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), of sound health policies and practices that ensure universal access to care and prevention for the most vulnerable people. To achieve this, multidisciplinary education targeting young generations of students that will become future leaders and decision-makers is essential.




tel.: +39 02 5503 4762 / 4763
fax: +39 02 5503 4779
email: mgh@unimi.it