4-Semester: 20-month MPH in Global Health

The master of public health (MPH) degree in global health provides students with applied public health training in a global context.  


Students will develop skills in areas such as: 

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Program Design
  • Program Management
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Advocacy
  • Scientific Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Global Health Ethics and Social Justice
  • Applied Laboratory Skills


Graduates of our program find employment abroad with international and bilateral agencies, government departments, nongovernmental organizations, and research and academic institutions. Many also work with U.S.-based organizations concerned with global issues. In addition, many graduates find opportunities in the domestic sector in a variety of settings, demonstrating that the knowledge and skills learned in the department are widely applicable. Some graduates go into clinical fields and others go on to pursue a doctoral degree.

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MPH Curriculum & Degree Requirements

Completion of the MPH in Global Health requires forty-two semester hours of coursework. Full-time students complete these requirements in two years. Students are required to take RSPH/GH core courses as shown below. In addition, a four credit hour thesis project Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) must be completed. The ILE Capstone provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate skills acquired in prior coursework through the capstone through the submission of an individually created deliverable in response to a global health challenge or opportunity.

RSPH Core Requirements (14 Credits)

The HDGH Core Curriculum: Core (22 Credits)

GH 501 Health Systems, Social Justice & Equity  3
GH 502 Evidence Based Global Health Policy, Programs, & Research 3
GH 511 Program Cycle I: Planning & Managing Global Health Programs   3
GH 512 Program Cycle II: Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Public Health Programs 3
GH 521 Qualitative Methods I: Data Collection 3

GH 531

Quantitative Methods I: Data Collection 3
GH 595 Applied Practice Experience 0

GH 598/599R

Integrative Learning Experience 4

The HDGH Core Curriculum: Data Analysis (3 Credits)

Note: Students can choose one or both data analysis course from the options below:

GH 522 Qualitative Methods I: Data Analysis 3
GH 532 Quantitative Methods II: Data Analysis 3

Electives Courses (3-7 plus credits)

GH students will have the flexibility to take elective courses at Rollins or in some cases, courses from other graduate programs within Emory University or other Atlanta Universities such as such as GSU, UGA, GA TECH, etc, to personalize and strengthen their training.

For more information about the registration process for courses outside of Emory please check the link: Cross-Registration for Emory Students

Culminating Experiences

3-Semester: 15-month or 12-month MPH in Global

The MPH in Global Health can also be taken in a 3-Semester format, either 15-months (Fall, Spring, & Fall) or 12-months (Fall, Spring, & Summer).

Admission Requirements

Detailed information about each of these admission requirements can be found in admissions.

As of Fall 2022, the submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to MPH and MSPH programs. We do not have specific GPA or GRE requirements for admission. If you choose to submit test scores, they cannot be more than five years old. Please Note: International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must meet the RSPH standards for English language competency.

In addition, we seek students who are passionate about global health and wish to improve the health of their local and global communities. Our students have demonstrated this commitment through careers, service, or training in advancing global health. This might include working with underserved communities or within a local state or regional public health entity (either domestically or internationally), volunteer or mission experience, or service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.