Global Health

In the 21st century, continued improvements in the health and development of the world’s societies will depend on our response to the challenges of poverty, disease, and inequity. Emerging and reemerging killers like HIV/AIDS, malaria, or multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, as well as the more subtle pandemics of gender-based violence, traffic accidents, and mental illness challenge global public health in profound ways.

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in the practice of global health, both in overseas settings and in US-based global health organizations. Students have the flexibility to combine coursework in economics, financial management, policy analysis, and infectious and chronic disease with comparative studies addressing the social and cultural issues that impact health internationally. Outside of the classroom, students build professional skills through departmental research opportunities and global field practicums. Graduates are equipped to assume careers in relief, development, consulting, research, and government both domestically and abroad, or to pursue further study.


In addition to the program competencies that all MPH graduates master, upon completing the requirements for the MPH in Global Health, graduates are able to:

  • demonstrate skills in program and budget management that can be used to design and implement health programs in low- and middle-income country settings
  • apply a multidisciplinary approach to analyze health systems and institutions involved in financing and providing preventative and curative health services at the multilateral, bilateral, national, and community levels in low- and middle-income countries
  • integrate information and apply models from epidemiologic, economic, behavioral, and cultural perspectives to promote social changes required to improve the health of populations

For detailed course listings, visit the Global Health Concentrator’s Guide or the BU online bulletin.