Global Development Policy Tracks

The three tracks within the Global Development Policy MA are detailed below. Click on the title of the track to jump to the appropriate description.

Prerequisites are noted in parenthesis after course titles.

Governance & Political Economy

Environment & Development

International Public Health

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Governance & Political Economy

Statistics/Methods Course

  • CAS MA 614 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences

Required Track Courses

Choose two of the following three:

  • GRS IR 621 Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights (Geneva Only)
  • GRS IR 759 International Institutions for Finance, Development, and Trade
  • GRS IR 789 Globalization, Governance, and Development (IR 704)

Optional Track Courses

Students choose two of the following courses. Although not required, it is recommended that students either do the summer economic development program in Geneva or take IR 592.

Classes included both in the list below and in the Required Track Courses list, above, cannot be used to fulfill both categories; students must choose which category to apply each class to.

CAS IR 520 (PO 562) The State and Public Purpose in Asia
CAS IR 527 (PO 527)Political Economy of China
CAS IR 575 (PO 553) Political Economy of Mexico and NAFTA
CAS IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East
CAS IR 590 (PO 550) Political Economy of Latin America
CAS IR 592 Economic Development and International Institutions
CAS IR 594 (GE 594) Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy
CAS IR 597 (GE 597) Development & Environment in Latin America
CAS IR 599 (GE 599) Science, Politics, and Climate Change
GRS IR 621 Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights (Geneva Only)
GRS IR 645 Internship in International Organizations (Geneva Only)
GRS IR 711 (AN 711) Civil Society and the State
GRS IR 758 Comparative Political Economy of China and India
GRS IR 759 International Institutions for Finance, Development, and Trade
GRS IR 789 Globalization, Governance, and Development (IR 704)
GRS IR 825 Graduate Study in Women and Social Change in the Developing World

GRS HI 751 Environmental History of Africa

CAS PO 526 Global Justice

GRS SO 839 State Building & Failure in the Developing World

GSM SI 870 (3 credits) Government, Society and Sustainable Development

LAW BK (2 credits) 935 Microfinance and Development
LAW BK 971 (2 credits) Lessons from the Financial Crisis
(To register for the above two Law classes, please contact Lorrain Kaplan, lekaplan@bu.edu.)

SPH IH 757 (2 credits) Fighting Corruption Through Accountability & Transparency
SPH IH 885 (2 credits) Global Trade, Intellectual Property and Public Health
(Requires permission of instructor.)

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Environment & Development

Statistics/Methods Course

  • CAS GE 516 Multivariate Analysis or
  • GRS GE 700 Research Methods in Human-Environment Interactions

Required Track Courses

  • CAS GE 510 Physical Principles of the Environment
  • GRS GE 660 Resource Economics

Optional Track Courses

Students choose two of the following courses.

CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems
CAS GE 512 Global Climate Change
CAS GE 519 Energy, Society, and the Environment
CAS GE 540 Ecosystem Services
CAS GE 550 Modeling Environmental and Social Systems
CAS GE/IR 594 Global Environmental Policy and Decision Making
CAS GE/IR 597 Development and Environment in Latin America
CAS GE/IR 599 Science, Politics, and Climate Change
GRS GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling
GRS GE/IR 794 Current Issues in Environmental Affairs
GRS GE 805 Spatial Analysis Using GIS

GRS IR 794 Current Issues in Environmental Affairs

CAS AN 538 Human Ecology of Modern Africa

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International Public Health

Many Public Health courses have prerequisites. Students should plan their course schedule carefully from the time they enter the GDP program.

Students choosing this track can find a lot of helpful information on the SPH Studentinsider website. In particular, SPH does not put the room numbers for many courses up on the studentlink; instead, they post an announcement on the Studentinsider site here shortly before classes begin.

Statistics/Methods Course

  • SPH BS 704 (3 credits) Biostatistics

Required Track Courses

  • SPH EP 713 (3 credits) Introduction to Epidemiology
  • SPH IH 745 (4 credits) Monitoring & Evaluation of International Health Programs (BS 704, EP 713)

Optional Track Courses

Students choose at least one of the following courses.

SPH EH 806 (4 credits) Development and the Environment

SPH IH 703 (2 credits) Global Public Health: History, Approaches, and Practices
SPH IH 704 (4 credits) The Organization, Delivery, and Financing of Medical Care Services
SPH IH 707 (6 credits) Kenya Field Practicum in Public Health and Environment (Kenya Only)
SPH IH 720 (4 credits) Social & Behavioral Sciences in International Public Health
SPH IH 737 (2 credits) Organizational Behavior: Developing Global Leadership Skills
SPH IH 757 (2 credits) Preventing Corruption in Health Programs
SPH IH 758 (2 credits) Mental Health in Disaster Settings (EP 713)
SPH IH 773 (4 credits) Financial Management for International Health
SPH IH 795 (4 credits) Global AIDS Epidemic: Social & Economic Determinants, Impact, & Responses (IH 720)
SPH IH 800 (2 credits) Clinical Development of a New Medicinal (BS 704, EP 713)
SPH IH 805 (2 credits) Controversies in Global Control and Eradication of Infectious Diseases (BS 704, EP 713)
SPH IH 808 (4 credits) Health Systems Research for Developing Countries (BS 704, EP 713)
SPH IH 811 (4 credits) Applied Research Methods in International Health (BS 704, EP 713)
SPH IH 820 (4 credits) Global Issues in Pharmaceutical Policy and Programming
SPH IH 885 (2 credits) Global Trade, Intellectual Property, & Public Health
(Requires permission of instructor.)

SPH PH 709 (4 credits) The Biology of Public Health