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 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 Health Policy and Management (HPM) candidates will take foundational MBA courses in the Graduate School of Management (GSM). 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 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 GSM.

MBA Core Courses – Required:

  • GSM AC710 Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 cr)
  • GSM ES721 Teaming (0 cr)
  • GSM ES722 Executive Communication (0 cr)
  • GSM ES723 Career Management (0 cr)
  • GSM ES724 Professional Skills (1 cr)
  • GSM FE721 Finance 1 (3 cr)
  • GSM IS710 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MG700 Ethical and Global Foundations (1 cr)
  • GSM MG790 Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 cr)
  • GSM MK723 Marketing Management (3 cr)
  • GSM OB713 Managing Organizations and People (3 cr)
  • GSM OM725 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 cr)
  • GSM PL700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • GSM PL727 Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 cr)
  • GSM QM716 Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 cr)
  • GSM SI750 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 cr)
  • One (1) general MBA elective of your choice (3 cr)

Health Sector Management Courses – Required:

  • GSM HM703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • GSM HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr)
  • One (1) Health Sector Management elective course (3 cr)

The following Graduate School of Management courses are approved for elective credit at the School of Public Health; MBA/MPH students must complete at least 15 credits (5 courses) from this list of courses while completing School of Management coursework:

  • HM710 Health Service Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr)
  • HM817 Health Information Technology (3 cr)
  • HM833 Health Sector Marketing (3 cr)
  • HM840 Health Sector Consulting (3 cr)
  • IM852 Global Social Enterprise Field Seminar Brazil (3 cr)
  • IM853 Indian Field Seminar (3 cr)
  • AC840 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 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 IH 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 School of Management coursework.

Global Health Concentration and Culminating Experience

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

  • SPH IH 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 during the second year 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. 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 up to two credits. If the CE is taken for credit, it 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 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.