1. Master of Public Health
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Global Health Track

The Global Health track in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed for students interested in bringing practical solutions to the health problems of underserved and neglected populations in resource poor settings worldwide. Through didactic and practical experience, you learn to work in a wide variety of settings with diverse populations, both domestically and abroad. We encourage students to pursue locations and topics that are of particular interest to them.

Courses in this track address a wide variety of topics such as equitable distribution of life-saving drugs, the health impact of asylum seekers, global communicable diseases, global trade, humanitarian aid, and the public health impact of military intervention. You can also take advantage of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, which offers programs in New York and around the globe.

Learn More About This Track

To determine if the Global Health track is right for you, explore the additional resources and get a preview of the competencies and courses.

Students in this specialty track will develop skills and competencies to be successful in public health including:

  • Explaining the global context in which public health problems occur, including the social, political, and economic forces that shape these problems and their potential solutions.
  • Applying social justice and human rights principles in the development of public health programs, interventions, and policies.
  • Applying scientific evidence in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs and interventions.
  • Describing the roles and relationships of the organizations and entities that influence global health.
  • Identifying the leadership and management skills needed to effectively lead local, national, and global public health systems and affect public health policies.
  • Describing multi-agency policymaking in response to complex health emergencies.
  • Designing a community health needs assessment and plan an evidence-based intervention that meets an established health target.

The MPH degree requires the completion of a total of 45 credits, an applied practice experience, and a culminating experience. In addition to the general course requirements, students will take both track-specific courses and electives:

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • Zoonoses: An Emerging Public Health Issue
  • Program Planning
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Global Mental Health
  • Humanitarian Aid in Complex Emergencies
  • Racism and Public Health in the United States
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Health and Human Rights: Human Rights Abuses, Torture and Its Consequences
  • Global Reproductive and Maternal Health

Remaining credits are accrued through electives, seminars and independent study. The track advisor should be consulted early to plan ahead for the completion of the MPH degree requirements. Refer to the Global Health Checklist for a full list of courses.

Culminating Experience

Students in this track complete a master’s thesis as their culminating experience. Recent projects include:

  • Working to improve the health of villagers in India through child health nutrition programs and community education.
  • Examining the role of alternative and complementary medicine in villagers in rural outpatient settings in India.
  • Designing and teaching a basic public health curriculum in a local college in the Spirit Lake Nation of the Native American Dakota Tribe.
  • Performing targeted needs assessments in rural Kenya through collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, which serves refugees affected by violent conflict.

Meet Your Track Advisor

Student Quotes

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Sakshi Sawarkar, MPH

“When I started the program, I was interested in a variety of global public health aspects but wasn't sure how to pursue a career in the field. I was able to participate in global health fieldwork through the program, which strengthened my passion for research and allowed me to get an immersive cultural experience."

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Sakshi Sawarkar, MPH

“When I started the program, I was interested in a variety of global public health aspects but wasn't sure how to pursue a career in the field. I was able to participate in global health fieldwork through the program, which strengthened my passion for research and allowed me to get an immersive cultural experience."

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Justine Marcinek

“Environmental and occupational public health classes enabled me to cultivate connections in the field and develop my interests into my culminating experience. Integrating what I learned about public health research, statistics, computer programming, and health policy, I wrote a first-author manuscript.”

Sakshi Sawarkar headshot

Sakshi Sawarkar, MPH

“When I started the program, I was interested in a variety of global public health aspects but wasn't sure how to pursue a career in the field. I was able to participate in global health fieldwork through the program, which strengthened my passion for research and allowed me to get an immersive cultural experience."

Justine Marcinek headshot

Justine Marcinek

“Environmental and occupational public health classes enabled me to cultivate connections in the field and develop my interests into my culminating experience. Integrating what I learned about public health research, statistics, computer programming, and health policy, I wrote a first-author manuscript.”