Program Overview

Master's in Global Health

Northwestern's online Master’s in Global Health, offered in partnership with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health, is preparing the next generation of leaders for emerging global issues. Learn from renowned medical specialists and researchers who address global health issues through innovative teaching, pioneering research, and advanced clinical care as you complete your degree entirely online.

The program is ideal for clinicians, researchers, epidemiologists, nonprofit administrators, policy analysts, social entrepreneurs, and others who make a meaningful difference in healthcare access and outcomes in the places where it’s needed most. Through multidisciplinary online courses that emphasize both theory and practical application, you'll learn how to improve healthcare outcomes and systems, work effectively in challenging healthcare settings, navigate global regulatory issues, evaluate results, and more.

Global Health addresses some of the most important and novel issues in 21st-century health. Government agencies and major foundations are investing billions to combat largely treatable chronic diseases that claim far too many lives in low- and middle-income countries. Combined with continued strong job growth in the broader healthcare industry — and dynamic changes in population growth and the global economy — there could not be a better time to consider graduate study in global health.

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    Robert L. Murphy, MD, Director of Northwestern's Center for Global Health provides an overview of Northwestern's MS in Global Health program.

Program Goals

An interdisciplinary professional program, MSGH graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and aptitude to:

  • Work effectively in a health-related industry within highly resource-limited settings
  • Navigate the business and legal / regulatory aspects of health-related industries around the world
  • Contribute to the improvement of health outcomes and systems within low and middle-income countries
  • Evaluate and measure health outcomes
  • Secure grants to fund global health initiatives
  • Evaluate and navigate the cultural and ethical considerations inherent in global health contexts

Areas of Focus

Global health is a broad discipline, and includes coursework in: 

    • Medicine and public health
    • Epidemiology
    • Medical anthropology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Social science
    • Public policy

"My education at SPS gave me more confidence because I now have a solid academic background reinforcing my personal field experiences."

— Heidi Sampang, MD (MSGH '16), program manager for Remote Area Medical Philippines

Curriculum Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 courses to earn the degree. The curriculum covers eight core courses, three elective courses, and a practicum course. Review curriculum details and elective choices while you consider applying to this program. Current student should refer to curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.


Practicum Course

Students in the MSGH program are required to engage in global health in a meaningful way as part of their coursework. Global health opportunities teach students invaluable lessons related to health equity, cultural competency, health systems, burden of disease, etc.

For more information regarding the Practicum component of the MSGH curriculum, please visit our Practicum page.

Core Courses:

  • LEADERS 481-DL Leadership
  • MSGH 405-DL Foundations of Global Health
  • MSGH 408-DL Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • MSGH 410-DL Research Methods
  • MSGH 417-DL Global Health Systems
  • MSGH 419-DL Global Bioethics
  • MSGH 421-DL Globalization & Public Policy
  • MSGH 427-DL Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • MSGH 580-DL Practicum Course

Elective Courses:

  • MPPA 401-DL Research Methods
  • MPPA 490-DL Special Topic:Demography, Global Health and Policy
  • MSGH 450-DL Global Health Initiatives
  • MSGH 452-DL Global Nutrition
  • MSGH 454-DL Global Health Management & Strategy
  • MSGH 456-DL Access to Health and Medicines
  • MSGH 458-DL Global Health and Technology