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This degree incorporates epidemiology and biostatistics, region-based nutrition, cross-cultural perspectives on health issues, global health systems and organizations, and international health research. The research capstone experience allows students to explore current dilemmas, demands, and health services with a global focus and perspective.

Graduates of this program will have the knowledge base and skills to work and conduct research within the global health environment. Through coursework, students will be prepared to work in the diverse cultural and multidisciplinary environments inherent in global health. Students will learn about the fundamentals of global public health, including epidemiology, environmental health, global health policies, and sociocultural influences on health and behavior. Students will also be trained in how to collaborate among nonprofit, governmental, and business sectors. Graduates will be prepared to work in international health organizations such as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governmental organizations, and multilateral organizations, or may choose to pursue a research pathway and continue toward a terminal degree.



Admission to the program is competitive, and a variety of criteria are evaluated in the admission process, including:

  • GRE scores
  • undergraduate academic performance
  • recent post-baccalaureate coursework
  • work experience
  • professional goals
  • recommendations

Previous undergraduate coursework in statistics, anthropology, sociology, and natural sciences is helpful. Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in the Admissions section of the catalog and apply using the online Schools of Public Health Application System (SOPHAS). Applications are considered for the fall semester only. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, please refer to the CHHS Admissions website.


Transfer of Credit

Transfer credit is governed by the AP.6.5.3 Graduate Transfer of Credit policy and the AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees policy, and transfer credit must be approved by the program director and the dean. Students who enroll initially through non-degree studies should seek academic advising through the department prior to taking a course and plan to submit their application to the MS program in their first semester of study.

Banner Code: HH-MS-GLOH

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 42

A graduate course in which a grade of C or below is earned may be repeated only once. Graduate students may repeat no more than two courses. Students must achieve a 3.00 GPA to graduate from the master’s program.

Global Health Core

GCH 543Global Health3
GCH 626Migrant Health3
GCH 640Global Infectious Diseases3
GCH 645U.S. and Global Public Health Systems3
GCH 650Global Non-Communicable Diseases3
Total Credits15

Research Core

GCH 601Introduction to Biostatistics3
GCH 651Behavioral Research Methods3
GCH 712Introduction to Epidemiology3
GCH 804Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis for Health Care Research I3
Select one from the following:3
Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis for Health Care Research II
Health Geography
Geospatial Science Fundamentals
Total Credits15

Capstone Experience

GCH 794Global Health Research Capstone3
Total Credits3


In consultation with advisor, select 9 credits from the following list:9
Environmental Health
HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions
Health Promotion Methods
Health Behavior Theory
Environmental Epidemiology
Social Epidemiology
Medical Anthropology
Global Health Security Policy
Intercultural Health and Risk Communication
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Health Geography
Global Competencies
Comparative International Health Systems
Food and Culture
Global Nutrition
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
The NGO: Policy and Management
Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Or advisor-approved elective course
Total Credits9