Master of Public Health in the Field of Global Health Policy

Program Director C. Santos-Burgoa

Mission

The mission of the master of public health in the field of global health policy degree program is to prepare global health professionals in the disciplines and perspectives necessary to contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies at the local, national, regional, and international levels that will improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low and middle income settings abroad and within the United States.

Goals

The goals of the Global Health Policy program are to prepare students to:

  • Assess the burden and determinants of health problems in an underserved low or middle income population.
  • Assess and evaluate the relevant policy issues appropriate to addressing these health problems using a multidisciplinary approach.
  • Assume leadership roles in the policy development process with the goal of maximizing the performance and financial integrity of the health system.

By the end of their MPH, Global Health Policy 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
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative tools and concepts to develop global health policy analyses for different audiences.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6315Intro-Health Policy Analysis
  • Analyze major multi-institutional and multi-sectoral initiatives in global health and make recommendations from an organizational and financial perspective on how they might be strengthened. ·       
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
  • Describe how health system performance is affected by various approaches to health system organization, financing and workforce development.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
  • Assess the historical and ongoing development of international health regulations and intellectual property rights and how they could be addressed through national and international policies.  Understand the role they play in controlling a major epidemic or health emergency.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
  • Assess the relationship between the protection, promotion, and progressive realization of human rights and global health outcomes.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
  • Describe the economic challenges faced by low and middle-income countries regarding health status of their populations and health care delivery options and how different policy approaches can be used to address these challenges.
Relevant courses:
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 21 credits in program-specific courses, 5 credits in elective courses, a 2-credit practicum, and a 2-credit culminating experience. 

Program Requirements

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
Program-specific
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6315Intro-Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6488Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Public Health and Healthcare
Electives
5 elective credits, including 3 credits from the following courses and 2 credits in courses selected in consultation with the advisor.
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6320Advanced Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6437Case Study Methods for Global Health Evaluation
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6575CommunSkills for PubHProfsnls
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6062Community Development Policy and Management
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies
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.