Program Overview

Online Master's in Global Health

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.

With the expansion of international aid, the term "global health" has become more common. But, what do we mean by "global health," as opposed to "public health" or "international health"? Learn more here.

The Master’s in Global Health is offered in partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health. The center draws from the University’s renowned medical specialists and researchers to address global health issues through innovative teaching, pioneering research and advanced clinical care. Students benefit from access to a top-ranked academic medical center and dedicated center of expertise. Because the degree can be completed part time and entirely online, students anywhere in the world can access a program of this caliber while maintaining their personal and professional commitments.

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

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
  • Business

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.

The MSGH curriculum — including course names, numbers and requirements — is currently in development and is subject to change.

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
  • MSGH 450-DL Global Health Initiatives
  • MSGH 452-DL Global Nutrition
  • MSGH 456-DL Access to Health and Medicines
  • MSGH 458-DL Global Health and Technology