Graduates of this program will have the knowledge base and skills to work and conduct research within the global health environment. This degree incorporates epidemiology, biostatistics, sociocultural influences on health and behavior, global health systems, communicable and non-communicable diseases of global importance, and migrant health to prepare students to conduct global health-related research. Through coursework and thesis research, students will be prepared to work in the diverse cultural and multidisciplinary environments inherent in global health. 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:

  • undergraduate academic performance and recent post-baccalaureate coursework (transcripts)
  • professional and volunteer experience
  • statement of goals and objectives
  • letters of recommendation

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

Students must achieve a 3.00 GPA to graduate from the master’s program. 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. The required thesis provides students an opportunity to work closely with a GCH faculty member to systematically investigate a problem or issue with global health implications.

Global Health Core

GCH 500Foundations of Public Health3
GCH 543Global Health3
GCH 626Migrant Health3
GCH 640Global Infectious Diseases3
GCH 645U.S. and Global Public Health Systems3
GCH 650Global Non-Communicable Diseases3
Total Credits18

Research Core

GCH 604Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
GCH 651Behavioral Research Methods3
GCH 804Biostatistics for Public Health I3
GCH 805Biostatistics for Public Health II3
Total Credits12


Students must take six credits of Thesis Research6
Thesis Research
Total Credits6


In consultation with advisor, select 6 credits from the following list:6
Medical Anthropology
Global Health Security Policy
Intercultural Health and Risk Communication
Human Dimensions of Climate Change
Environmental Health
HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions
Health Promotion Methods
Health Behavior Theory
Introduction to Epidemiology
Advanced Methods in Epidemiology I
Environmental Epidemiology
Social Epidemiology
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 Credits6