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Penn's Global Health Track offers a curriculum designed specifically for applicants to the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program who are interested in both the theory and practice of global public health. Recognizing that global health is an emerging area in the field,  Penn's global health curriculum delivers core public health skills within a global context.

The fourteen course units (14 cu) required for the MPH in Global Health track are described below. Students must take a minimum of 11 cu under the PUBH prefix.

Core MPH Requirements (9.0 cu)

  • PUBH 501 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • PUBH 502 Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • PUBH 503 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PUBH 504 Behavioral and Social Sciences in Public Health
  • PUBH 505 Public Health Policy and Administration
  • PUBH 506 Methods for Public Health Practice
  • PUBH 507 Ethics, Law and Public Policy
  • PUBH 508 Capstone (2 cu)
  • Required Fieldwork Experience 125 hours: Students within the Global Health Track will identify (with assistance from MPH program staff and faculty) a practical fieldwork experience that addresses their key global public health interests either outside of the US with an appropriate organization/program or in the Philadelphia area with an organization that focuses on global health or immigrant issues.

Additional competencies specific to specialized knowledge in Global Health are acquired through 3 required global public health courses to be chosen from among the following:

Global Health Foundation (1.0 cu)

Global Health Track students must choose one of the following additional courses:

  • PUBH 519 Issues in Global Health
  • PUBH 525 Developing Effective Public Health Programs Using a Human Rights Based Approach
  • PUBH 551 Global Health Policy and Delivery

Global Health Electives (2.0 cu)

Global Health Track students will choose two additional electives with global health content from across the University's offerings. Please note:

  • Not all courses listed below are offered each year; please see individual departmental websites and the registrar's course listing for current offerings.
  • Foundation courses listed above can also count as Global Health electives if not taken as the foundation course.
  • At least 2 of the 5 courses taken in addition to the Core MPH requirements listed above must have a PUBH prefix.

The courses listed below are approved Global Health Track electives, but should be considered just a starting point in building your Global Health Track curriculum. We encourage students to propose additional courses that meet their learning goals and global health competencies for approval as a Global Health Track elective (please contact Moriah Hall with questions).

  • ANTH 441 Cross-Cultural Approaches to Health and Illness
  • BIOE 565 Rationing; Rationing and Resource Allocation
  • BIOE 571 Global Health Policy: Justice, Governance and Reform
  • COMM 623 Health Psychology Seminar
  • COMM 637 Public Health Communication
  • COMM 703 International Communication: Power and Flow
  • CPLN 621 Food Systems
  • CPLN Metropolitan Food Systems
  • DEMG 607/SOCI 607 Introduction to Demography
  • EDUC 514 Education in Developing Countries ENVS 637 Global Water Issues ENVS 638 Global Water Policy and Governance EPID 516 Disease Ecology
  • EPID 646 Reproductive Epidemiology
  • EPID 656 Research Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • HCMG 859 Comparative Health Care Systems
  • HCMG 868 Private Sector Role in Global Health
  • HPR 610 Achieving Evidence-Based Health Policy
  • HPR 611 Implementation Science in Health and Health Care
  • LAW 606 Refugee Law
  • LAW 660 Public International Law
  • LAW 759 International Human Rights
  • LGST 524 Human Rights and Globalization
  • LGST 83p Social Impact and Responsibility: Foundations
  • MED 588 Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health
  • NURS 516 International Nutrition: World Hunger
  • NURS 644 Health Care in an Aging Society
  • PUBH 517 / EPI 518 Epidemiologic Study of Geography and Health
  • PUBH 519 Issues in Global Health
  • PUBH 521 Program Evaluation in Public Health
  • PUBH 525 Developing Effective Public Health Programs Using a Human Rights Based Approach
  • PUBH 529 Public Health Perspectives on Family Planning
  • PUBH 545 Contemporary Issues in Maternal-Child Health
  • PUBH 551 Global Health Policy and Delivery
  • PUBH 598 Immersion Experience in Global Public Health
  • SWRK 798/ AFST 798 International Social Work: Practice in the Global South
  • SWRK 736 Building Community Capacity SWRK 798 Social Impact Strategy, Analysis, and Leadership (A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective)
  • VCSN 631 Ecological Epidemiology
  • VMED 607 Veterinary Public Health
  • VPTH 633 Ecotoxicology

Other Electives (2.0 cu)

Students in the Global Health Track will choose 2 additional cu to make up the full complement of 14 cu for the MPH degree. Note: At least 2 of the 5 courses taken in addition to the Core MPH requirements must have a PUBH prefix.

Capstone Culminating Experience

The Capstone is a culminating experience required for graduation in the Master of Public Health Program. Read more about capstone. Students within the Global Health Track will identify and carry out a Capstone project that addresses their key global public health interests and learning goals.

Funding your Global Capstone

Student Group Opportunities

The Global Health Society