Master of Management of Applied Science in Global Health Systems

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Global Health Systems (GHS) is an inter-faculty professional Master of Management of Applied Science (MMASc).

It is a 12-month program consisting of 8 months of course work followed by a capstone two-week field school and 300-hour unpaid practicum placement, which typically takes place from May to July.

Students will experience a cutting-edge curriculum focused on international health, particularly in marginalized populations, while providing the practical skills related to grant preparation, budget and grant management, business development and leadership. Infectious diseases, mental health and lifestyle-related diseases of poverty are emphasized in the curriculum, while teaching the key components of health systems, public health and associated cultural practices and research ethics.

A key distinguishing feature of the Program is that it leverages the resources, knowledge and experience of diverse societies to address health challenges throughout the world, encompassing more complex transactions between societies and a bilateral flow of information exchange.

Key features include:

  • An 8-month intensive case, project and team-based curriculum
  • Experiential/ Community Engaged Learning
  • A diverse array of courses in health sciences and business communication and management
  • Fosters innovative thinking
  • A modest cohort size (maximum 35-40 students)
  • Work/Learn in a team-based environment emulates most health workplaces.
  • Enhanced student experience

Students interested in this program must have successfully completed the first two years of MD Program and agreed to enroll before Year 3 or prior to Year 4 studies. Students may choose to enroll after matriculation from Year 4 prior to residency education.

Students interested in learning more about the Master of Management of Applied Science in Global Health Systems should visit the Program website.

How to apply

All interested students applying must, regardless of past degrees or present program, meet GHS program approved admission criteria of:

  • Possessing a four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum average of at least 75% in the past two years of full-time undergraduate study
  • Demonstrating an awareness and interest in the Global Health profession’s role in identifying and solving complex global health problems (through work, volunteering, curriculum, etc.);
  • NOTE: For MD Students: successfully completed the first two (2) years of MD Program and agreed to enroll before Year 3 or prior to Year 4 studies. Students may choose to enroll after matriculation from Year 4 prior to residency education.
  • Agree to complete GHS MMASc Spoke Program before returning to the MD Program studies
  • Fulfill all requirements for admissions to the Western Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

All students applying must meet MD Program criteria and follow the process of application for formal approval to enter the GHS MMASc Program while enrolled in MD studies.

This is a two-stage process that must be completed prior to applying to the GHS MMASc Spoke.

  • Student applicant must be in good academic standing in the MD Program.
  • Student cannot presently be undergoing remediation or a professionalism process that would prevent enrolment in the GHS MMASc Spoke.
  • Student must have completed all other past Master degrees.

Applicants must submit requests to the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education who will consult with the MD Program Competence Committee for approval in the second semester of Year 1 or Year 3 studies. Students interested in applying must be reviewed and approved for parallel Master studies at Western University.

For more information, visit the Global Health Systems website.

Approval Process

MD Program Competence Committee

  1. An application to the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education and Chair of the MD Program Competence Committee must initially be filed by the MD student to request a one-year Academic Leave of Absence.
  2. The MD Program Competence Committee will review the application to reach a decision.
  3. The student application must include:
    1. Personal Letter of Intent to apply for enrollment in the MD GHS MMASc Program
    2. Professional Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter of support from Learner Experience Decanal Lead
  4. The MD Program Competency Committee will make a recommendation to the Vice Dean Undergraduate Medical Education for endorsement of a one year Academic Leave of Absence.


Vice Dean Undergraduate Medical Education Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
All Academic Leaves must be approved by the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.

  • The Chair of MD Program Competence Committee will notify the VD UME of the documents of intent from applicant and the decision of the Competence Committee
  • The Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education will review all information and may request to meet with the student
  • The Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education will reach a decision to support or deny the requested Academic Leave.
  • A decision of support or denial will be communicated to the student in a letter signed by the Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.
  • All documents will be filed with the MD Program student file.

Approval is necessary from each of the following:

  1. Academic Leave Of Absence by the Vice Dean Undergraduate Medical Education (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education) or replacement
  2. Western Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  3. Admissions Committee for SSMD & FHS MMASc Global Health Systems Program


Once MD Applicants have received the aforementioned approvals (1), they must prepare application packages for consideration by the Admissions Committee for SSMD & FHS MMASc Global Health Systems Spoke to get further approvals (2-3).

  • Biographical information
  • Contact information
  • Academic background
  • Scanned copy of transcripts for any postsecondary institutions previously attended or currently attending
  • Current resume or CV: briefly describing your employment history, any other related academic or professional development, and any relevant work or community service
  • A Personal Statement (500-word maximum) - Please address the following points:
    • Briefly describe your short-term (one year out) and long-term (five to ten years out) career goals
    • Why is an MMASc a critical next step towards you achieving your professional objectives?
    • Make references to specific aspects of the program that will contribute to your success
  • Scanned copy of all degrees obtained (undergraduate, MA, PhD, MD, etc.)
  • For Permanent Residents, a scanned copy of your PR Card is needed (please ensure that both the back and the front of it are copied) or any other documentation indicating your immigration status
  • Two references, including at least one from an academic source, the second may be from an employer or volunteer experience supervisor (the system will send electronic requests for your reference letters)
  • Application fee of $115 Canadian

Application to the GHS MMASc Program opens October 1,and must be completed and submitted by January. Students may initiate interest in applying in mid-second semester of Year 1 MD Program.


The process of application is outlined in this table to communicate firm timelines.



Fall Semester 1

Introductory session hosted for interested Year 1, 2, 3 students

Fall and Winter

Students may shadow present student in GHS MMASc Spoke

March 1 Semester 2

MD Program Competence Committee accepting applications for Academic Leave to enrol in GHS MMASc Spoke

October 1

Applications open for GHS MMASc and Graduate Studies application

November 1

Applications from students to MD Program Competency Committee for Academic LOA closed

November 30

Final decisions to applicant students from MD Program Competence Committee

January 10

Applications close for GHS MMASc Spoke (specific deadline for UME Applicants)

January 30

Decisions of GHS MMASc Spoke Admissions Committee communicated to MD GHS MMASc applicants for enrollment in following academic year

September 1

GHS MMASc curriculum is launched

Financial Support

There is no financial support offered for this Program.


What will be my degrees at convocation?
You will graduate with an MD and MMASc – like those in the MD/PhD Program.

Can I audit a class or day with a present GHS student to better understand the GHS MMASc Spoke?
Yes, the GHS MMASc – spoke can arrange this in advance. Students who are interested are encouraged to undertake this to better understand the curriculum and learning processes.

What will my tuition be?
While in the GHS MMASc Program, you will pay the standard MMASc tuition and any additional costs associated with the summer term abroad.

When I return, what will my status be?
Unless otherwise requested, you will re-enroll in MD Program studies in the September of the academic year immediately following the end-August completion date of the GHS MMASc Program.

How do I handle my present bursaries or loans?
The Learner Experience Office and Western Student support services can assist with this issue.

Will I still have access to Learner Experience?
You will remain a student in good standing in the MD Program and will have full access to the support of the Learner Experience Office.

Can I do OCLO’s while in the GHS MMASc Program?
No. You will be on a one year LOA similar to MD/PhD students.

If I am in the Windsor Campus, can I complete this degree from Windsor?
You will be required to participate as full time GHS MMASc student in learning teams on site in London. Therefore, you must relocate to London for the year. When you return to the MD Program, you will return to the Windsor Campus.

Can I continue in MD Program student clubs and social processes?
Yes. This is encouraged to retain contact with your MD peers.

Do other Canadian medical schools offer MD MMASc Programs?
Several Canadian Medical Schools offer specializations in Global Health; however, the Global Health System MMASc from Western is a unique inter-faculty program, which offers core courses in business and communication augmenting the skillsets of future healthcare practitioners.