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Global Health Program

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The Master of Science in Global Health is comprised of 32 credit hours made up of 11 individual courses.  Given the specialized nature of this discipline, the curriculum is prescriptive in order to provide the student with adequate preparation to enter either a governmental, non-profit or academic career setting.


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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the chronic, emerging and re-emerging global health issues and examines possible measures to address them.
  • Study and distinguish among the roles and interaction of intergovernmental and governmental agencies and NGOs involved in global health.
  • Comprehend the differences in global health care systems using a historical and socio-political context making extensive use of country case studies.
  • Develop a realistic approach to addressing emerging global infectious diseases, emphasizing global health implications in the areas of prevention, surveillance, and control.
  • Examine environmental health concerns in the context of public health, and the social, economic and other factors that mitigate the effects of environmental hazards or otherwise influence the population.
  • Address important thematic areas such as types, phases and effects of disasters on health, public health and medical responses of infectious diseases and pandemics.
  • Understand specific global demographic patterns that determine health status and outcomes.
  • Comprehend specific research methodologies for the purposes of undertaking global health research as well as evaluating existing research in the discipline.
  • Development of research models for addressing global health issues.


 Global Health Core Courses
Number Credits Course Name
HCA 5103 3 Introduction to Global Health
HCA 5143 3 Relief and Development in Global Health
HCA 5153 3 International Health Systems
HCA 5173  3 Emerging Global Infectious Diseases
 Elective Courses
Number Credits Course Name
HCA 5183 3 Global Environment and Occupational Health
HCA 5193 3 Health Aspects of Disasters
HCA 5273 3 Understanding Global Burden of Disease
HCA 5020  3 Seminar in Global Health
HCA 5030 3 Problems and Issues in Global Health
HCA 5123 3 Research and Evaluation in Health Care
HCA 5052 2 Directed Readings in Healthcare Administration

Thesis Option

A research thesis is required for students pursuing a thesis option M.S. degree. Students pursuing this option will conduct original research, culminating in a written thesis that is presented as a seminar and publicly defended.


Creative Component

If the thesis option isn’t chosen, the creative component option must be chosen. The creative component option is fulfilled by enrolling in HCA 5052 Directed Readings. This class is 2 credit hours.


Transfer Credit Hours Eligibility

  • Up to nine credit hours of transfer coursework may be considered after admission into the program and at the time of Plan of Study development with an advisor.
  • Transfer coursework is considered only if it is graduate level, assigned a letter grade of B or better, and will be less than 10 years old at the time of graduation with the M.S. in HCA.
  • For more details on transfer credits, review policy 5.0 in the Graduate College Catalog.


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