Global Development Policy Tracks

The three tracks within the Global Development Policy MA are detailed below. Prerequisites are noted in parenthesis after course titles.  Most classes are taught once per year, but some may be taught less frequently. Courses without credits denoted are worth four credits.

Governance & Political Economy

Methods Course

  • CAS MA 614 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences


Required Track Courses

Students choose two of the following three classes

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


Optional Track Courses

Students select sufficient coursework from the list below to bring their credit count for their track to at least 20. 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 & Public Purpose in Asia
  • CAS IR 527 (PO 527) Political Economy of China
  • CAS IR 575 (PO 553) Political Economy of Mexico & 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 & International Institutions
  • CAS IR 594 (GE 594) Global Environmental Negotiation & Policy
  • CAS IR 597 (GE 597) Development & Environment in Latin America
  • CAS IR 599 (GE 599) Science, Politics, & Climate Change
  • GRS IR 621 Global Governance, Economic Development, & Human Rights (Geneva Only)
  • GRS IR 645 Internship in International Organizations (Geneva Only)
  • GRS IR 711 (AN 711) Civil Society & the State
  • GRS IR 758 Comparative Political Economy of China & India
  • GRS IR 759 International Institutions for Finance, Development, & Trade
  • GRS IR 789 Globalization, Governance, & Development (IR 704)
  • GRS IR 825 Women & 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 PL 870 (3 credits) Government, Society & Sustainable Development
  • LAW BK 935 (2 credits) Microfinance & 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.)

Environment & Development

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, & the Environment
  • CAS GE 540 Ecosystem Services
  • CAS GE 550 Modeling Environmental & Social Systems
  • CAS GE/IR 594 Global Environmental Policy & Decision Making
  • CAS GE/IR 597 Development & Environment in Latin America
  • CAS GE/IR 599 Science, Politics, & 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

International Public Health

Methods Course

  • SPH BS 704 (3 credits) Introduction to Biostatistics


Required Track Courses

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


Optional Track Courses

Students select sufficient coursework from the list below to bring their credit count for their track to at least 20.

  • SPH EH 806 Development & the Environment
  • SPH IH 703 (2 credits) Global Public Health: History, Approaches, & Practices
  • SPH IH 704 The Organization, Delivery, & Financing of Medical Care Services
  • SPH IH 707 (6 credits) Kenya Field Practicum in Public Health & Environment (Kenya Only)
  • SPH IH 720 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 Financial Management for International Health
  • SPH IH 795 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 & Eradication of Infectious Diseases (BS 704, EP 713)
  • SPH IH 808 Health Systems Research for Developing Countries (BS 704, EP 713)
  • SPH IH 811 Applied Research Methods in International Health (BS 704, EP 713)
  • SPH IH 820 Global Issues in Pharmaceutical Policy & Programming
  • SPH IH 885 (2 credits) Global Trade, Intellectual Property, & Public Health*
  • SPH PH 709 The Biology of Public Health

*Requires permission of the instructor.