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Global Health

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The MPH in Global Health is offered by the Department of Health Promotion Sciences. All students in the GH concentration will take a set of courses that include a foci on international nutrition, maternal and child health issues, international and government policies, and epidemiology applied to global contexts. Each student, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, will develop an individualized plan of study for his or her specialized area of interest. In addition, in consultation with a faculty mentor, each student will select elective courses that align with his or her specific area of interest.

The GH concentration encourages a variety of health care professionals to apply to this program, including health educators, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and physicians. Students with backgrounds in a variety of social sciences who have public health experience outside of GH are also encouraged to apply.


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Required Core Courses (16 units)

  • EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • HPS 580 Integrated Public Health Learning Experience (1)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop (required; non-credit)
  • Interprofessional Education Activities (documentation required; non-credit)

Required Global Health Courses (23 units)

  • HPS 533 Global Health (3)
  • HPS 560 International Nutrition  (3)
  • EHS 525 Global to Local: Environmental Change and Human Health (3)
  • HPS 529 Project Planning and Evaluation in Global Health and Development (3)
  • HPS 635 Applied Field Methods in Global Health Nutrition (3)
    • OR HPS 559 Management of Global Public Health Emergencies (3)
  •  EPID 606 Changing Health Policy: Cultural Understanding & Epi Analysis  (4)
  • HPS 909 Master's Report "Internship" (4)

Electives (minimum 3 units)

Total MPH Minimum Credit Requirements

Global Health Track= 42 units

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Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  January 5

Secondary:  April 1

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college algebra or calculus
  • Two letters of recommendation (up to five letters can be submitted)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE or MCAT scores are waived for Fall 2022 admissions
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

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Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.07

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Attend fall and spring semester MPH Internship Conference
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Mentor
  • Second year is devoted to coursework and Internship project
  • 3rd semester, determine internship project, form Internship Committee and complete all planning items
  • Complete two interprofessional education (IPE) activities before graduation
  • Fourth semester, successfully complete and present internship project at Internship Conference, and submit final internship and graduation items.

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