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Global Health Concentration

 

The Global Health concentration trains you to engage in collaborative capacity-building with local and international organizations, designing and implementing effective, efficient, equitable and appropriate global health programs, projects, and policies. You’ll learn to work effectively within varied cultural settings and across different social and political environments, applying strategic principles of ethical reasoning and professional practice to advance health equity and social justice around the world.

“My GPH experience helped me transition my previous work as a biologist into something more at the macro level, enabling me to understand how to improve the health of entire populations.”
- Andrea Muraca (Italy), MPA 2016, Global Health Concentration

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Global Health concentration, you’ll be prepared to take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Describe the major players in global health governance and institutions that conduct health/public health policy research and analysis
  2. Perform strategic assessment and evaluation to analyze factors shaping individual and institutional behaviors and measure their impact
  3. Identify relevant sources for quantitative and qualitative data to analyze the global burden of disease
  4. Analyze causes, risk factors, interventions, and bottlenecks for the global burden of disease in different contexts
  5. Identify cost-effective interventions, strategies, and platforms to accelerate context specific progress towards the health related SDGs
  6. Advocate for cost-effective policies and strategies to accelerate progress towards the health related SDGs
  7. Develop investment cases for maximum health returns on investment of intervention policies, implementation and financing strategies.

 

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills to prepare you for successful careers in global public health. Learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

Public Health Core (18 Credits)


All students in the Global Health concentration take the following core courses (18 credits) as part of the MPH degree requirements:
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social and Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
 

Concentration Course (9 Credits)

All students in the Global Health concentration take the following courses (9 credits):
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3)
GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision Making in Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)*
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

* please note that students who matriculated prior to Fall 2017 are still required to take GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods and are not required to take GPH-GU 5380 or GPH-GU 5220. See the bottom of this course list for degree requirements for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2017.

Elective Course (15 Credits)

All students in the Global Health concentration select 15 credits from the following set of courses:

GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral and Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)
GPH-GU 2265 Climate Change and Environmental Policy (3)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3
GPH-GU 2440 Emerging Diseases and Bioterrorism (3)
GPH-GU 2015 Genomics and Global Public Health (4)
GPH-GU 2410 Global Burden of Infectious Disease (3)
GPH-GU 2334 Global Health Governance and Management (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity & Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2230 Global Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control (3)
GPH-GU 2285 Global Women's Health Programs - Analyzing the Evidence to Improve Women's Lives (3)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications: Changing Social Norms in Theory & Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2250 Health & Human Rights
GPH-GU 2343 HIV/AIDS Public Health Promotion (3)
GPH-GU 5120 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2520 Issues in Global Pediatric Oral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2357 LGBTQ Health Disparities (3)
GPH-GU 2346 Migrant Health in the Mediterranean (3)
GPH-GU 2210 Migration & Health (3)
GPH-GU 5420 Monitoring and Management of Public Health Programs for Equity (3)
GPH-GU 2240 Perspectives of Global Mental Health (3)
GPH-GU 5288 Perspectives on Migrant Health & Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 2371 Program Analysis and Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency & Preparedness: A Global Response (3)
GPH0GU 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (3)
GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2370 Stigma, Health, and Discrimination (3)
GPH-GU 2319 Writing Grants and Funding Proposals for Health-Related Programs (3)
 

Applied Practice Experience (2 Credits)

Students in the Global Health concentration are required to complete 180 hours of supervised, relevant public health practice in the form of an internship. The qualifying practice experience may be related to students' current employment, but students may not use their job for this requirement.

GPH-GU 2359  Internship I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2 credits)

Integrated Practice Experience (2 Credits)
The final course in the Global Health concentration is designed to ensure that the student has acquired all of the competencies promised by the program. Evidenc of mastery can take the form of exercises, exams, papers, and reports.

GPH-GU 2360  Internship II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2 credits)

NOTE: Please be advised that students who matriculated prior to Fall 2017 will complete Capstone I & II as their culminating experience. Students who matriculate in Fall 2017 have the option of completing Capstone I & II as their culminating experience or completing the Applied Practice Experience as outlined above.

Please click here to see the degree requirements for the Global Health concentration for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2017.

Year 1:

Fall Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global  Health (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop 0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring Semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health 3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
 

Year 2:

Fall Semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision Making in Global Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2359 Internship I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)

Spring Semester (11 credits)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
GPH-GU 2360 Internship II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)

Global Health Course Checklist

The Global Health checklist outlines the requirements for the concentration, as well as which core and concentration courses have pre-requisites. Use this tool as you move along in the program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next. (Please note that there are different requirements for existing students who matriculated in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015.)

 

Want to Learn More about Global Health?

To find out even more about the Global Health concentration, including the skills you’ll gain, the courses you’ll take, and the hands-on Applied-Practice Capstone, take a look at our fact sheet (pdf).

Are you ready to reinvent the global public health paradigm and become a leader that helps populations around the world? Apply for the Master of Public Health now!

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