The Department of International Health seeks to improve the health and well-being of under-served populations in low and middle-income countries through the education and training of our students, as well as through research, technical assistance, and service. The department strives to:
- Cultivate an active, practice-based learning community to develop leaders capable of creating positive change in public health; and to
- Empower citizens, governments, and organizations to improve lives and mitigate the effects of poverty using evidence-based policies, programs, and advocacy.
Members of the faculty are drawn from public health, clinical, and social/behavioral sciences, providing a multidisciplinary faculty equipped to address the complex issues of health and development, and meet the needs of a diverse student body.
The department has a strong emphasis on issues related to infectious diseases; monitoring, evaluation, and research methods; sex, sexuality, gender, and health; health program management; and managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies.
Through the Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD), faculty members are involved in major research projects designed to identify and resolve economic, clinical, and behavioral issues affecting health in more than 24 countries. The majority of these research activities are located in Africa and Asia. There are specific research programs on child survival, orphans and vulnerable children, and the social and economic impacts of HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, and malaria. CGHD is the host institution of the BUSPH/Harvard Medical School WHO Collaborating Center for Pharmaceutical Policy. CGHD research initiatives can be found throughout the IH curriculum, where faculty draw upon their own scientific activities to enrich the classroom experience with examples of current, relevant, and applied research in global health.
The Department of International Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in international health and is an active participant in the School’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program.