Master of Science in Global Health



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The Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) degree is offered by the Duke University Graduate School in partnership with the Duke Global Health Institute.

This degree prepares residents and fellows in the Global Health Pathway to engage in clinical, epidemiological, socio-behavioral, and policy-oriented research to design, implement, and manage health programs which target the reduction of health disparities.


Guiding Principles

The master's degree program is built on the recognition that a multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach to health is essential, as health is influenced by a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to: individual behaviors; family and childhood dynamics, community characteristics, economic status, gender, genetics, country laws and politics, the environment, and the availability, accessibility, and quality of education, health care, nutrition, water, housing, and other basic needs.


Curriculum and Requirements

The 38-credit curriculum includes six core courses, electives, a field experience to apply learned research methods, and a research-based scholarly thesis.

Core Courses:

  • Global Health Challenges 

  • Global Health Research: Design and Practice

  • Global Health Research: Intro to Epidemiologic Methods

  • Bioethics

  • Health Systems in Developing Countries

  • Beginning in Spring 2014, a sixth course on quantitative methods for global health research will be added to the core curriculum.

The Master of Science in Global Health is administered by the Duke Global Health Institute and involves the participation of many other institutes, departments, and schools. Read more information about the Master of Science in Global Health on the Duke Global Health Institute website.