Master of Science in Global Health

The Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) 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 
  • 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 theDuke Global Health Institute website.

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.


MSc-GH students learn from and work with faculty from across Duke University. The following list represents many of the faculty directly connected to students in the program by teaching core and elective courses, supervising research assistant positions and mentoring students through field-based research projects, and serving as thesis committee members. In addition to faculty listed below, you will have the opportunity to interact with visiting faculty and scholars from all over the world through seminars, networking events, and symposia hosted by DGHI each semester.