Master of Public Health in the Field of Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control

Program Director J. Tielsch


The mission of the Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control Program is to prepare global health professionals to develop and rigorously appraise programs for the control of infectious and chronic diseases as well as injuries. Students acquire the skills needed to improve program performance, thereby helping to ensure optimum investment of scarce resources in low and middle income countries and in underserved communities around the world.


The goals of the Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control Program are to prepare students to be applied epidemiologists in public health program implementation and evaluation to:

  • Use common epidemiological tools to generate evidence on interventions targeted to infectious and chronic disease control.
  • Work within real-world settings to strengthen methodological rigor of program priority setting and evaluation.
  • Generate and use data for assessing burden of disease, determining efficacy and effectiveness of interventions for infectious and chronic diseases.
  • Translate evidence to support program and health systems improvements and policy recommendations.
  • Communicate the results of research to a broad set of constituents.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 16 credits in program-specific courses, 10 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
10 credits from the following*:
PUBH 6132Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6240Pediatric HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6243Topics in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6255Organizational Responses to the Local, National, and Global HIV/AIDS Epidemics
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6269Reproductive Epidemiology
PUBH 6270HIV/AIDS Surveillance
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6487Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and Global Food Production
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Example- Field Trial Methods and Applications)
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

 *Alternate elective courses may be selected with the advisor's approval.    

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6022.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE):  Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B average) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any 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 minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A grade of B or above is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.