MBA/MPH in Global Health Management

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health in Global Health Management dual degree program is offered by the Health Sector Management Program in the Questrom School of Business and the Global Health Department in the School of Public Health.

The MBA/MPH is an accelerated, full-time program leading to the award of both the MBA and the MPH degrees in two years, including the summers preceding and following the second full academic year.

The goal of the MBA/MPH full-time program is to provide students with a solid foundation in both management and public health in an integrated, structured curriculum that focuses on international health systems and global health issues. Students will have the opportunity to apply management skills to practical challenges in their field of programmatic interest.

The dual degree requires the completion of a minimum of 80 credits between the schools.

MBA Core Programs

During the first year, MBA/MPH in Global Health Management candidates will take foundational MBA courses in the Questrom School of Business. During the summer after the first year, students will complete a required internship through the Questrom School of Business. In the second year, students will take additional MBA coursework for a total of 46 credits across the two years. Students must maintain a 2.70 GPA (B–) to be considered in good academic standing at Questrom.

MBA Core Courses—Required

  • GSM AC 710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
  • GSM ES 721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • GSM ES 722 Executive Communication (0 cr)
  • GSM ES 723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • GSM ES 724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
  • GSM FE 721 Finance 1 (3 cr)
  • GSM IS 710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MG 700 Ethical and Global Foundations (1 cr)
  • GSM MG 790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MK 723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • GSM OB 713 Managing Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • GSM OM 725 Creating Value through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • GSM PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • GSM PL 727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • GSM QM 716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 cr)
  • GSM SI 750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
  • One (1) general MBA elective of your choice (3 cr)

Health Sector Management Courses—Required

  • GSM HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • GSM HM 710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr)
  • One (1) Health Sector Management elective course (3 cr)

MPH Core Courses

MBA/MPH GHM candidates will be required to successfully complete (B– or better) MPH core courses in the School of Public Health and must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the School of Public Health.

  • SPH EP 713 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr)
  • SPH EH 717 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 cr)
  • SPH LW 751 Public Health Law (4 cr) or SPH LW 719 Essentials of Public Health Law (3 cr)
  • SPH GH 720 Social and Behavioral Science for Global Public Health (4 cr)

Due to overlapping coursework, two MPH core course requirements for the MPH degree (the biostatistics core course and the health policy and management core course) are satisfied through Questrom School of Business coursework.

Global Health Concentration and Culminating Experience

MBA/MPH in Global Health Management candidates will be required to complete a minimum of 20 approved credits in the Global Health track, including:

  • SPH GH 704, a 4-credit class taken during the first year’s Spring Semester, which provides an introduction to organizing and financing health systems and medical care delivery in low- and middle-income countries.
  • At least 16 credits from approved elective course options taken during the second year. MBA/MPH students will be encouraged to work with their faculty advisor to choose an area of focus within global health and complete their credits in this area of focus.
  • A culminating experience (CE) project (1 credit) during the second year’s Spring Semester that synthesizes learning from prior courses and internship. The faculty advisor will assist students in identifying possible projects and client organizations. The student will develop a scope of work to address a practical problem facing a country or an individual organization in the global health field. Once the scope of work is approved, the student will undertake the project including background research, applying business models and analytical skills, and presenting findings in a written report. This culminating experience counts toward the 16 credits of elective courses.

MBA/MPH students must take all courses that they wish to count toward the MPH at the School of Public Health. No courses taken outside of the School of Public Health will count toward the MPH, including courses taken at other Boston University schools and colleges.

Summer Internship/Practice Requirement

Students will fulfill the Master of Public Health practicum requirement through the Questrom School of Business summer internship program after the first year. This summer internship requirement includes 400 hours of on-site work, which is greater than the requirement for SPH student practice placement on-site work. Students will be strongly encouraged to work overseas with a global health nongovernmental organization, private company engaging in a public-private partnership or other global health-related initiative, multilateral or bilateral donor agency, or international financial institution. To allow adequate time for an overseas internship, no other coursework is scheduled for the summer after the first year.


Applicants must apply simultaneously to the School of Public Health and the Questrom School of Business. Separate application to both schools is required.