International Health

The world needs new approaches to its three overriding health problems: poverty, disease, and inequity. We can prepare you to find them. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low- and middle-income countries. We do so through education, research, technical assistance, and service—efforts aimed not only at developing leaders but also empowering citizens, governments, and organizations.

Integrated disciplines, research, service, and academics

Learn from a multidisciplinary faculty deeply committed to research and service as well as teaching. In the classroom, they’ll draw upon their wide-ranging experience and challenge you to grapple with global questions. Outside of class, you’ll gain critical skills by assisting in their research. Students from widely varied national and cultural backgrounds—both entering the field and in mid-career—will further broaden your perspective.

The department places strong emphasis on infectious diseases, management and finance, reproductive health, maternal health, child survival, policy analysis, and research and evaluation methods. Many of our faculty members work on research projects through BU’s interdisciplinary Center for Global Health & Development, addressing health and social development problems in more than 24 countries.

International practicum opportunities

In the MPH program, you can acquire valuable international experience by fulfilling your practicum requirement abroad. Popular options include a five-week field study in Kenya, a semester-long program in the Philippines, and the Master’s International Program with the US Peace Corps.

Degree Programs

The Department of International Health offers three graduate degree programs:

To learn about application requirements, please see our Admissions section.