Master of Public Health in the Field of Global Health Communication

Program Director K. Ndiaye 

Mission

The mission of the master of public health (M.P.H.) in global health communication degree program is to train the next generation of public health professionals engaged in addressing global health issues that are directly related to human behavior. Human behavior is at the core of many of the world’s most pressing public health challenges, including HIV/AIDS and obesity. The program is designed to train professionals to approach the development and evaluation of behavior-change communication programs that address individual- and community-level factors relevant to particular populations and settings. 

Goals

Understanding human behavior and developing ways to affect change requires a diverse set of skill. The goals of the M.P.H. in global health communication are to teach students the following:

  • How to recognize the complexity of behavior change, especially the multiple levels of influence on human behavior.
  • How to apply behavior change and communication theories in the development and evaluation of health communication programs and activities.
  • Appreciation for the challenges that may arise in addressing behavior change in global settings.
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to interpret and apply public health literature related to health communication and behavior change in global health settings.
  • Skills for developing and evaluating health communication interventions in resource-limited settings or for vulnerable populations.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods relevant to health communication.
  • Knowledge of the various types of stakeholders, including governments, international donors, and local players, that may shape health communication interventions in global settings.
  • Cultural competency skills necessary to develop programs and work in diverse cultural settings.
  • Awareness of the benefits and challenges to collaborating with organizations that serve disenfranchised/vulnerable communities.

By the end of their MPH program, students should be able to:

  • Apply multi-disciplinary perspectives to identify, analyze and address global health challenges.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
  • Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative methods and select the appropriate method depending on the specific research or programmatic need.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
  • Interpret and critique research and best practices to inform the development of evidence-based solutions for global health challenges.·        
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
  • Communicate public health evidence on global health topics to a variety of audiences, such as technical experts, policymakers, lay audiences, and other relevant stakeholders.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
  • Identify and address the ethical issues of global health programs, policies and research.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
  • Engage with diverse individuals, organizations, and communities with respect for different values, beliefs and practices.· 
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
  • Explain multilevel determinants of problems in Global Health and the basis for strategies and interventions.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
  • Describe the governance and institutional landscape of global health.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
  • Demonstrate professionalism in practice, research and in communication activities. ·    
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
  • Explain the ways in which behavior change and communication theories can inform the development and evaluation of health communication interventions.·     
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
  • Develop logic and conceptual models to design, monitor, and evaluate context-specific health communication interventions. 
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
  • Identify and describe essential components of health communication interventions and strategies, linking theory with practice.
Relevant courses
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
  • Evaluate health communication activities and interventions.·      
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 10 credits in global health departmental courses, 8 credits in communication program courses, 8 credits in electives, a 2-credit practicum, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Core
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Global Health departmental
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
Communication program
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
Electives (for a total of 8 credits)
One from the following:
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6502Practical Data Analysis: PCH
PUBH 6533Design of Comm Health Surveys
PUBH 6534Comm-Based Participatory Res
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
One from the following:
IAFF 6502
IAFF 6503
Professional Skills I
and Professional Skills II
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
or PUBH 6500 Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6515High Risk&Special Populations
PUBH 6531HlthPromotion/HlthCareSettings
PUBH 6570AdvPublHlthComm: Theory & Prac
PUBH 6574Pub Hlth Branding Theory&Pract
PUBH 6573Media Advocacy for Public Hlth
or PUBH 6532 Commnty Org,Devlpmnt&Advocacy
PUBH 6575CommunSkills for PubHProfsnls
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills
SMPA 6205Media, Development, and Globalization
Any SPH or other GW course(s) with advisor's approval via petition
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses
  3. Grade point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.