Global Health, MS

Students are required to complete 12 courses to earn the degree. The curriculum covers nine core courses, including the practicum course, and three elective courses. Review curriculum details and elective choices while you consider applying to this program. Current student should refer to curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program. All students in the MSGH program are required to engage in at least four weeks (excluding travel time) of non-clinical work in a health delivery setting, which may include rotations abroad, working remotely on projects abroad, or working in your own community on “glocal” projects. Practical fieldwork experience is considered a valuable complement to the program curriculum, earning students academic credit in the practicum course, which is overseen by MSGH faculty. Additional details about fieldwork experiences are found on the MSGH Practicum web page.


Course Title
Core Courses (9 units)
Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Research Methods
Global Health Systems
Global Bioethics
Global Health, Globalization, and Public Policy
Grant Writing, Development, and Fundraising
Global Health Leadership 1
Practicum Course
Electives (3 units)
Sustainability of Global Health Initiatives
Global Nutrition: Science, Policy, and Perspectives
Global Health Management & Strategy
Access to Health and Medicines
Global Health and Technology
MSGH 460-DLPlanetary Health: Health in the Anthropocene (Course launching WI23)
Research Methods
Special Topics in Public Policy 2

MSGH 480-DL Global Health Leadership replaces LEADERS 481-DL Foundations of Leadership as a core requirement in the MSGH program. Students may not take both LEADERS 481-DL and MSGH 480-DL.


Please note, only the MPPA 490-DL Special Topics in Public Policy course - Demography, Global Health and Policy will count toward the MSGH degree.

About the Practicum

The MSGH Practicum is the culminating experience for the MSGH program. Students should apply the competencies acquired throughout their MSGH training into a real world setting. This can include partner rotations abroad, collaborating with global projects virtually, or working on “glocal” (global/local) projects in a local community. Fieldwork is constructed so that students are not simply observers, but able to add value to our global partners work via the skills gained through the MSGH. All fieldwork experiences must be at least four weeks in duration excluding travel time.

Students determined to complete the program as quickly as possible (regardless of financial aid status) are encouraged to register for their MSGH 580-DL Practicum Course at the earliest opportunity upon meeting prerequisite requirements. Students relying on financial aid are encouraged to register after completion of ten of their curriculum courses. Please note that tuition is billed during the first term of the four quarter Practicum. Delay of registration for the practicum course until all other coursework is completed may extend the length of time needed to complete the degree. While students may want to fast track through the program, it is not recommended that coursework be taken at the same time as their field experience due to both time and wireless connectivity constraints.

The MSGH practicum course spans four academic terms. Students may choose one of the two MSGH practicum courses offered within the academic year. If you enroll in the practicum course that begins in summer term, all travel and assignments must be completed two weeks before the end of the following spring term. If you enroll in the practicum course that begins in winter term, all travel and assignments must be completed two weeks before the end of the following fall term. Total effort from each term listed below is divided into week designations to model a standard ten-week course. These week designations may not reflect actual time commitment for completion of each part of the course. Please be mindful of the four-term timeframe of the MSGH practicum course. You will need to complete all course work and fieldwork within the four-term timeframe as described above.