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  • Online Master of Science in Global Health

    MS in Global Health

    Drexel University’s online Master’s in Global Health prepares you to make a difference on a global scale. Interdisciplinary in nature and taught by the highly respected faculty at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health, this program is designed to help you gain a broad understanding of global health. With a focus on issues like urban and environmental health, maternal and child health, and human rights, social justice, and ethics, you’ll learn to act ethically and think creatively to find solutions to global health issues, all while analyzing national and international health systems and finding the best ways to engage with vulnerable communities. Drexel Dornsife’s global health master’s program is deeply rooted in the idea that health is a human right, and the curriculum will prepare you to fight for underserved communities both abroad and at home.

    Master's Degree in Global Health Program Features

    • 100% online program
    • Can be completed in 12 months (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
    • No residency component required
    • Drexel Dornsife is proud to be the first school of public health in Philadelphia to earn CEPH accreditation
    • Credits earned in the Online Global Health Certificate can be applied toward this degree
    • Program is taught by faculty with global health industry experience
    • U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health #1 in Philadelphia and #19 in the nation for public health graduate schools
    • No GRE required

    What is a Master’s in Global Health Program?

    Drexel Dornsife’s global health master’s program is designed for clinicians, researchers, program managers, policy analysts, social entrepreneurs, and others who want to study both the theory and practice of global health.

    As an MS student in Global Health, you will learn how to:

    • Analyze the diverse factors that influence the health of global populations and think critically and creatively about how to develop effective and sustainable solutions
    • Engage with communities and key stakeholders to understand the challenges of partnership and importance of country ownership
    • Analyze global and national health systems, while examining and assessing the equitable distribution of resources and the prioritization of healthcare across populations
    • Act ethically, promoting the right to health, and integrating scientific knowledge and global evidence to advance health policies and interventions that address social determinants of health, with an emphasis on underserved and marginalized populations

    What Can I Do with an MS in Global Health?

    Graduates with an MS in Global Health will be prepared for careers in research, policy, program management, and evaluation. You will be qualified to work in several industries both globally and domestically. Some go on to work for international NGOs such as CARE or Save the Children, while others turn to domestic non-profits, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or Catholic Charities. Universities, including Drexel University, hire global health experts in their research programs. Still others go on to be employed by governmental agencies like the Department of Veteran Affairs or private sector companies like GlaxoSmithKline.

    What is the difference between an MS in Global Health and an MPH in Global Health?

    There are some key differences between Drexel Dornsife’s online MS in Global Health and the online MPH in Global Health. In general, the MS in Global Health is better suited for those who are interested in conducting research, rather than becoming public health practitioners. The MS in Global Health can also be completed in a shorter amount of time, as it has no practice component.

    What is CEPH Accreditation?

    Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health is the first school of public health in Philadelphia, PA to earn the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation. This is an important distinction because CEPH accreditation means that the program has been proven, through a rigorous accreditation process, to meet a high standard of curriculum quality.

    What are the Requirements for an MS in Global Health?

    A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution, is required. A GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred, but applicants with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply. Please be prepared to highlight relevant work experience, professional certification, and/or continuing education in your personal statement. Graduates of any major are invited to apply. However, a previous course in statistics is highly recommended. The GRE is not required.

    What Does it Mean to be a Global Health Professional and How Can I Make a Difference?

    As a global health professional, you’ll work with some of the most vulnerable populations on the planet. Whether working directly in the field or supporting health organizations in other capacities, global health professionals help promote health-related awareness on a world-wide scale. This can mean studying diseases as an epidemiologist, working with governments and health organizations as a policy analyst, or caring for at-risk and marginalized communities, among other roles. The work you do has a direct impact on the health and safety of some of the most underserved members of society both domestically and around the globe.

    Salary Expectations for MS in Global Health Graduates

    While salaries will vary depending on your exact title and location, here are some common job titles and salaries for global health professionals:

    Job Title

    Career Median Salary*

    Health Communications Manager

    $64,271

    Global Health Educator

    $45,090

    Maternal and Child Health Advisor

    $54,000

    Medical and Health Services Manager

    $99,730

    Epidemiologist

    $50,980

    Overseas Global Health Program Country Director

    $76,000

    Research Associate

    $57,000

    Global Health Program Manager

    $62,000

    Policy Analyst

    $58,127

    Source: Payscale.com and BLS.gov

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    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.

    Required Courses  
    BST 571 Introduction to Biostatistics 3.0
    CHP 607 Public Health Ethics 3.0
    CHP 660 Global Health Ethics 1.5
    CHP 661 Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy 1.5
    CHP 673 Process Monitoring and Outcomes Evaluation for Community Health Programs 3.0
    EOH 560 Overview of Issues in Global Health 3.0
    EPI 570 Introduction to Epidemiology 3.5
    HMP 603 Health Systems Policy Analysis 3.0
    Capstone Courses  
    CHP 752 Integrated Learning Experience Global Health I 1.5
    CHP 753 Integrated Learning Experience Global Health II 1.5
    Elective Courses (Choose 7) 21.0
    BST 555 Introduction to SAS  
    CHP 517 Overview of Maternal and Child Health  
    CHP 518 Global Issues in Maternal and Child Health  
    CHP 681 Research with Rare, Stigmatized, and Hidden Populations  
    CHP 682 LGBT Health Disparities  
    CHP 683 Intersectional Perspectives  
    CHP 691 Public Health Practice in and with Latino Communities  
    EPI 556 Perinatal Epidemiology  
    EPI 572 Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies  
    EPI 611 Research Project Development  
    HMP 505 Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis  
    HMP 555 Violence, Trauma, and Adversity in Public Health 3.0
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent international institution
    • GPA of at least 3.0 preferred
      • Those with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply, and should highlight the following in their personal statement: relevant work experience, professional certifications, and/or continuing education that demonstrates academic excellence
    • Standardized Test Scores are NOT required
      • However, you may choose to submit scores to strengthen your application

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Resume
    • Essay of approximately 500 words discussing your interest in public health, current career goals, and why you are interested in Drexel University.
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    The software used in many of our courses requires you to have access to a PC. Apple doesn’t currently support the software needed to complete this coursework. Please visit Drexel’s computer buying guide for more information.

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $935 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1246 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year

    Term

    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2020

    September 21, 2020

    December 5, 2020

    December 7, 2020

    December 12, 2020

    Winter 2021

    January 4, 2021

    March 13, 2021

    March 15, 2021

    March 20, 2021

    Spring 2021

    March 29, 2021

    June 5, 2021

    June 7, 2021

    June 12, 2021

    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

    August 28, 2021

    August 30, 2021

    September 4, 2021

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