Public Policy and Administration, MA Global Health Specialization

Government agencies and major foundations are investing billions to combat largely treatable chronic diseases that claim far too many lives in low- and middle-income countries. This specialization is designed to enable students, such as nonprofit administrators, policy analysts, social entrepreneurs and others, to make a meaningful difference in healthcare access and outcomes. Students will navigate the legal and regulatory aspects of health-related industries around the world and evaluate cultural and ethical considerations inherent in global health contexts.


Core Courses (10 units)

Course Title
MPPA 401-DL/401-0Research Methods
MPPA 402-DL/402-0Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting
MPPA 403-DL/403-0Fundamentals of Public Administration
MPPA 404-DL/404-0Microeconomics for Public Policy Administration
MPPA 405-DL/405-0Statistics for Research
MPPA 406-DL/406-0Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
MPPA 407-DL/407-0Scope and Theory of Public Policy
MPPA 408-DL/408-0Public Organization Theory & Management
MPPA 418-DL/418-0Ethics and Leadership
MPPA 498-DL/498-0The Capstone Project
or MPPA 590-DL Thesis Research

Specialization Courses (3 units)

Course Title
Any three courses
Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease
Global Health Systems
Global Health, Globalization, and Public Policy
Grant Writing, Development, and Fundraising
Sustainability of Global Health Initiatives
Special Topics in Public Policy (Demography, Global Health and Policy)

About the Final Project

Students may pursue their capstone experience independently or as part of a team. As their final course, students take either the individual research project in an independent study format or the classroom final project class in which students integrate the knowledge they have gained in the core curriculum in work assigned by the instructor. In both cases students are guided by faculty in exploring the body of knowledge on public policy and administration while contributing research of practical value to the field. The capstone 590 thesis project and 498 capstone class count as one unit of credit.
Course Title
Choose one
The Capstone Project
Thesis Research