The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all 16 UW schools and colleges. The department is the second largest at the UW in terms of funding for research and training programs. Departmental efforts include 31 centers, programs, initiatives, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
The mission is to close the gap between the world’s one billion people who experience relatively good health and the five billion who experience much lower levels of health, through teaching (education, training, and mentoring), research, and service programs.
The department offers an undergraduate minor, a Master of Public Health, and two PhD options: global health, and pathobiology. Four graduate certificate offerings are available for graduate students, as well as a global health pathway for UW medical students. Current and emerging focus areas include health metrics and evaluation, infectious diseases, workforce development, health system strengthening and implementation science, climate change, global trauma and violence, global medicines safety, and a strong cross-cutting focus on social justice and equity.
The Department of Global Health offers the following program:
Minor Requirements (30 credits):
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Master of Public Health
The Global Health MPH program emphasizes a social justice approach to global health with a focus on the social, economic, and political determinants of health, and the history and context of global responses to health problems. The core curriculum develops competencies in the basic tools of public health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, global health systems, environmental health, and social behavioral sciences. Courses in research methods and management are also required. A practicum provides hand-on experience with local or international agencies engaged in global health activities, and academic coursework culminates with independent scholarship leading to a research or practice thesis. The curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, with faculty and courses from across campus including natural and social sciences and the humanities. Case studies and applied learning are common approaches, and contributions by students provide a major component of the learning environment.
For current listings of MPH program options and their requirements, visit the program website.
Applicants must have completed at least a baccalaureate degree by the time of matriculation, and some tracks require at least two years of relevant post-college work or volunteer experience prior to matriculation as well. Each MPH track has its own admission requirements.
63 credits, for all MPH tracks
At least 30 credits must be from graduate-level, in-classroom courses, and at least 18 of these must be from global health in-classroom courses.
All tracks require a foundation course, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, research methods, a practicum, and a thesis. Beyond these shared requirements, each track also has its own set of requirements. See program website for track-specific requirements.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Department of Global Health, in collaboration with the Institute for Health metrics and Evaluation and Health Alliance International, has developed a unique PhD program, building on faculty expertise in the areas of metrics and implementation science. The program provides students the most innovative tools to advance global health solutions, and includes two emphasis areas:
Metrics: Students translate evidence into useful knowledge by learning and applying advanced quantitative methods, impact evaluation techniques, and analytic tools. Students design and develop new, innovative ways to tackle critical global health measurement challenges.
Implementation Science: Students identify and address barriers to effective implementation and scale-up of evidence-based interventions by developing and applying cutting-edge methodologies and analytical approaches.
For comprehensive information, see the PhD program website.
The department recruits students who wish to pursue a long-term career in global health, whether in academic institutions, ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, or the private sector. All indicators of future success, including past work, service, and research experience; level of enthusiasm and detail in letters of recommendation; previous academic records and performance on standardized tests; applicant’s written statement of purpose; and an ability to discuss research or practice work and future goals are considered. The department reviews all variables without a preset formula.
Minimum 96 credits