Program Overview

Advances in science and technology are resulting in globalization or the interconnectedness and interdependence of peoples worldwide. As a result, populations have experienced significant changes in patterns of infectious and chronic disease, as well as an increase in antimicrobial resistance. The emerging field of global health is dedicated to improving health and achieving equity in health for all people, worldwide, and encompasses an approach and unique toolset to work collaboratively across cultures and disciplines.

The Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) is a flexible, online graduate program designed to empower graduates with the tools and skills to address global health challenges. Students complete 30 credits over one-year period if full-time or up to five years if part-time, including nine core courses (27 credits) focusing on core competencies in management, ethics, evidence-based practice, globalization of health and healthcare, strategic analysis, capacity strengthening, collaboration and communication. 

Students are invited to participate in an existing global health education abroad course in one of several countries, an independent elective at a location of their choice, or an online MSU course or independent study. Prior to completing the degree, students will develop a capstone project as a synthesis and application of the knowledge, tools, and skills acquired throughout the program. Students will have unique opportunities to learn from experienced global health practitioners and researchers in many countries around the world.

Program Outcomes

Students will achieve competencies recommended by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health within the following domains: global burden of disease, globalization of health and healthcare, social and environmental determinants of health, capacity strengthening, collaboration, partnering and communication, ethics, professional practice, health equity and social justice, program management, sociocultural and political awareness and strategic analysis. Students will also have the option to participate in a diverse international field experiences in applied global health.

Career Impact

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the 21st century as global societies face emerging complex and challenging health and environment issues. Students of the MSGH program come from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Those with rigorous training and education in the field will find professional opportunities in many areas domestically and internationally. Potential opportunities in global health may include working in multi-national organizations, universities, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, global consulting companies, health organization, and government at city, state, and federal levels.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    A bachelor's degree, professional degree, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience


  4. A written personal statement

    A personal statement addressing interest in global health, experience relevant to global health, and career goals following the Master of Science in Global Health.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 4225)
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Key Dates

Summer 2020

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Fall 2020

Application Deadline

June 15, 2020

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

October 19, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

June 15, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $26,700
  • Total


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