Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Global Health Systems in Africa

Collaborative Program



Program Websites


Program Contact

Jennifer Dungavell (jdungave@uwo.ca)
Professional Program Coordinator

Western University Western Science Centre, Rm 168 London, Ontario N6A 5B7


t. 519-661-3617
f. 519-661-3703

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. 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.

Times to Completion

  • variable

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 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.

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 Program.

Additional Requirements

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

Application Deadline(s)

  • Ongoing

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