Master of Public Health in the Field of Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

Program Director S. Baird


The mission of the Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DME) degree program is to prepare the next generation of global health professionals to implement and evaluate global health programs and initiatives. This program aims to train professionals who use evidence to improve performance of and investments in global health programs that will improve the health and well-being of populations in low and middle income settings abroad and within the United States.


The goals of the Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation program are to prepare students to be skilled evaluators and practitioners who know how to:

  • Utilize the full range of evaluation design options to generate the best evidence on how well a program is working, how it is working, and why;
  • Work within real-world confines to strengthen methodological rigor of evaluation and program implementation;
  • Use theory to ground program design, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Generate and use data for management decision-making; and
  • Translate evidence into implementation improvements and policy recommendations.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 32 credits in required courses, 9 credits in elective courses, and 4 credits in practicum and culminating experience.

Required core (15 credits)
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
Required departmental (10 credits)
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
Required program-specific (7 credits)
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
4 credits from the following:
PUBH 6437Global Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
PUBH 6340Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6352Basics of Economics for Health Policy
5 credits from the following:
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6132Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Any School of Public Health or other GW course(s) with the advisor's approval.
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. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a grade of 3.0 (B) or above. SPH graduate certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements—up to 18 credits—to the MPH degree. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer.