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MPH in Global Health

The Global Health MPH program emphasizes a social justice approach to global health with a focus on the social, economic, and political determinants of health, and the history and context of global responses to health problems. The core curriculum develops competencies in the basic tools of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, global health systems, environmental health, and social behavioral sciences. Courses in research methods and management are also required. A practicum provides hands-on experience with local or international agencies engaged in global health activities, and academic coursework culminates with independent scholarship leading to a research or practice thesis. The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, with faculty and courses from across campus including natural and social sciences and the humanities. Case studies and applied learning are common approaches, and contributions by students provide a major component of the learning environment.

Likely Careers

The General Track is designed for students who envision careers requiring an array of competencies to work among multiple agencies involved in global health, including ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Global Health


We admit students from across all disciplines. Applicants should demonstrate some background and interest in global public health and social justice via their work/volunteer experience.


Concurrent Option:   MPH/MD, MPH/MAIS, MPH/MN, MPH/MPA, MPH/MSW, MPH/JD, MPH/PhD with Anthropology

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry

More information

Program Website

Global Health Program Assistant
206-685-1292
ghprog@uw.edu


Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Global Health, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Describe the most common causes of morbidity and mortality globally, both communicable and non-communicable, among newborns, children, adolescents, women, and men and apply this knowledge in the design, implementation, or evaluation of health services or programs;
  • Describe the major components of health information systems (e.g., surveillance, national registries, surveys, administrative data) and some of the uses, challenges and limitations of gathering and using health statistics;
  • Analyze the role of leading factors, institutions and policy frameworks in shaping the organization and governance of international health since the mid-20th century;
  • Analyze how historical, political, and economic factors have and are shaping, maintaining and reforming health and health care systems; and
  • Apply scientific methods to plan, scale up and/or evaluate interventions to improve determinants of health and health systems.