Global Health Concentration

The mission of the Global Health Concentration is to develop public health professionals who are experts in issues related to global health. Global health research and training focus on health inequalities within communities and populations and across populations throughout the world. Global health thus focuses on domestic and international health inequalities, and is not about crossing borders but bridging health inequalities with scientific evidence of etiology and prevention.

Global Health Concentration Specific Competencies

  • Evaluate the population health measures of a specific global health a) infectious disease, or closely related disease, and b) a non-communicable disease (NCD) in a specific low and middle-income country (LMIC), or region, or in a resource poor defined population.          
  • Analyze common research approaches used in global health, e.g., selection of study population, definition of study sample and sampling strategies, cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal studies, mixed methods approaches, and randomized trials. Evaluate best practices in resource-constrained environments. 
  • Define global health project and/or research approaches in relation to a health equity framework.  
  • Examine best practices for establishing collaborative global research collaborations including, recognition of historical socio-political factors, need for capacity building, active engagement, and community and stakeholder participation.
  • Analyze strategies for implementing rigorous ethical approaches to research with vulnerable populations and conduct of global research.
  • Develop an inventory of multi-disciplinary programs, initiatives, organizations, and policies that contain key interventions to address global health inequalities 
  • Develop a global health research proposal 
  • Develop a health brief reporting research findings from global health research

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Students in the Global Health Concentration should complete the following course for the Interventions core requirement:

  •  PHP2720, Implementing Public Health Programs and Interventions in the Global South

Global Health Concentration Courses

Complete all of the following concentration courses:

  • PHP2710, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Disability and Death in the Global South
  • PHP2730, Including the Excluded: Global Health Ethics
  • PHP2740, Learning Global Health by Doing GH
  • PHP2760, Critical Perspectives in Global Health

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PHP1100, Comparative Health Systems
  • PHP1854, Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PHP1920, Social Determinants of Health
  • PHP2040, Survey Research Methods
  • PHP2060, Qualitative Research Methods
  • PHP2220H, HIV Epidemiology
  • PHP2030, Clinical Trials Methodology
  • PHP2220C, Perinatal Epidemiology
  • PHP2220D, Reproductive Epidemiology
  • PHP2300, Behavioral Research Methods
  • PHP2340, Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion
  • PHP2355, Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
  • PHP2365, Public Health Issues in LGBT Populations
  • PHP1964, Cancer Epidemiology
  • PHP2108, Epidemiology of Cardio-Metabolic Health


Global Health Concentration Lead

Stephen McGarvey, PhD
[email protected]