MBA/MPH in Global Health and Management

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health in Global Health dual degree program is offered by the Health Sector Management Program in the School of Management and the International 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 \ 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 Global Health candidates will take MBA core courses. This includes the basic MBA skill set of accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, operations, organizational behavior, and strategy.

During the summer after the first year, students will complete a required internship through the School of Management. In the second year, students will take additional courses at the School of Management for a total of 46 credits across the two years.

The following Graduate School of Management courses are approved for elective credit at the School of Public Health; MBA/MPH students must complete these courses while completing School of Management coursework. MBA/MPH GH students may count a maximum of 15 credits of these courses toward their MPH degree.

  • HM 710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr)
  • HM 817 Health Information Technology (3 cr)
  • HM 833 Health Sector Marketing (3 cr)
  • HM 840 Health Sector Consulting (3 cr)
  • IM 852 Global Social Enterprise Field Seminar Brazil (3 cr)
  • IM 853 Indian Field Seminar (3 cr)
  • AC 840 Nonprofit Financial Management (3 cr)

MPH Core Courses

MBA/MPH GH candidates will be required to successfully complete (B- or better) the following MPH core courses in 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 IH 720 Social and Behavioral Science for International Public Health (4 cr)

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

International Health Concentration and Culminating Experience

MBA/MPH GH candidates will be required to complete 22 approved credits in the IH-Global Health track, including:

  • SPH IH 704, which provides an introduction to health systems and medical care delivery in developing countries.
  • At least 16 credits from approved elective course options.  In discussions with their IH faculty advisor, students will be encouraged to choose an area of focus within global health and complete their credits in this area of focus.
  • A culminating experience (CE) during the second year spring semester that synthesizes learning from prior courses and practicum. The experience includes an industry analysis, documentation of networking opportunities, career plans, and an explanation of experiences that the student brings to potential employers. This culminating experience may be taken for credit.

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 School of Management 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, 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 School of Management. Separate application to both schools is required.