Master of Public Health in the Field of Humanitarian Health

Co-Program Directors R. Asgary and R. Waldman


The master of public health in the field of humanitarian health program is designed to train students to be public health practitioners and leaders in design, implementation, and evaluation of humanitarian programs and policies to prepare a well-versed corps of global health professionals to address health and related issues in humanitarian settings. This program will equip students with necessary knowledge, attitudes and self-efficacy/skill-sets to assess needs, design and implement programs, and contribute to better decision-making, performance efficiency, and sound policy making within aid system and in humanitarian settings.


  • Understand and assess the fundamental causes of humanitarian situations and their public health challenges.
  • Understand and analyze the interdependence of health science, sociopolitical science, economics, and global governance in humanitarian situations.
  • Identify and apply common healthcare and sociopolitical tools and policies to assess and address the burden of a wide range of health and social conditions in humanitarian situations.
  • Produce data and evidence with scientific rigor and assess the efficacy and effectiveness of wide range of social and health care interventions in humanitarian settings.
  • Generate and use best local and global level evidence for sound healthcare and sociopolitical policy formulation and program management, and to translate recommendations into actions that support on- the-ground humanitarian programs.
  • Develop strong cultural sensitivity and cross- and inter-cultural competencies within diverse health and political systems in humanitarian aid.
  • Develop understanding of and assume leadership positions in humanitarian aid industry and related disciplines.
  • Work with methodological rigor in and contribute to international-level priority setting, program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Communicate effectively the results of research and practice to a diverse group of stakeholders in humanitarian settings.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 20 credits in program-specific courses, 6 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Core courses
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 6015Culminating Experience
Program-specific courses
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6461Ethics and Accountability in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6462Nutrition and Food in Large Humanitarian Emergencies
PUBH 6463Communication Strategies and Planning in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6464Mental Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6465Reproductive Health and Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6469Humanitarian Aid Seminar Series
PUBH 6492Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Chronic Diseases
PUBH 6132Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
6 credits in courses selected from the following:
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6445Quantitative Methods for Impact Evaluation
PUBH 6450Global Health Diplomacy
PUBH 6455Global Vaccinology
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6484Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases
PUBH 6486Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases
PUBH 6487Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and Global Food Production
PUBH 6489Evaluation of Food and Nutrition Programs and Policies
PUBH 6491Public Health Leadership Seminar
PUBH 6493Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management in Developing Countries
PUBH 6494Population, Public Health Practice, and Sustainable Development
PUBH 6495Field Trial Methods and Application
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis

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.