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 College of Public Health Admissions website.
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.
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.
Total credits: 42
Global Health Core
|GCH 500||Foundations of Public Health||3|
|GCH 543||Global Health||3|
|GCH 626||Migrant Health||3|
|GCH 640||Global Infectious Diseases||3|
|GCH 645||U.S. and Global Public Health Systems||3|
|GCH 650||Global Non-Communicable Diseases||3|
|GCH 604||Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics||3|
|GCH 651||Behavioral Research Methods||3|
|GCH 804||Biostatistics for Public Health I||3|
|GCH 805||Biostatistics for Public Health II||3|
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.
|Students must take six credits of Thesis Research||6|
|In consultation with advisor, select 6 credits from the following list:||6|
|Global Health Security Policy|
|Intercultural Health and Risk Communication|
|Human Dimensions of Climate Change|
|HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions|
|Health Promotion Methods|
|Health Behavior Theory|
|Introduction to Epidemiology|
|Advanced Methods in Epidemiology I|
|Comparative International Health Systems|
|Food and Culture|
|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