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 skils in areas such as: 

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Survey Research Design
  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Program Management
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Transforming Communities
  • Scientific Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Global Health Ethics 
  • 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* must be completed, which may take the form of a research thesis/systematic review of the literature or a special studies project and topics should be relevant to global public health. The Applied Practice Experience (APE), which is designed to complement academic training with practical, hands-on experience, is also required of all students.

RSPH Core Requirements (14 Credits)

GH Department Requirements (7 Credits)

Methods Requirements (9 Credits Minimum)

Students are required to select at least one course from the list below and additional courses listed on the GH Approved Methods Course Guide , that together total a minimum of 9 credits.

Concentration Requirements (5-9 Credits)

All students enrolled in the traditional MPH program will choose a concentration. Please click the buttons below to learn more about each one of our four concentrations: Infectious Disease (ID), Community Health Development (CHD), Public Health Nutrition (PHN), and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Populational Studies (SRP). 

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

An Applied Practice Experience (APE)

An APE is a unique opportunity for our students to integrate and apply skills and knowledge gained through coursework and prior experiences in a professional public health work environment. Public health work environments include not-for-profit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms. Most Global Health students prefer to complete their APE in a low-resource country setting. Some examples of APE done by students in the past:
  • Completed qualitative research data collection on how young women in Cape Town negotiate barriers to female condom use
  • Worked with the ministry of health (MOH) in Saudi Arabia in exploring, assessing, researching and making recommendations for T.B status and control in Saudi Arabia
  • Assisted the development of country-specific comprehensive plans of action and guidelines related to hepatitis treatment.

For APE funding opportunities please check the following links: GFE, GEMMA, EGHI.

Accelerated MPH in Global

The traditional format requires four semesters in residence. We also offer the Accelerated MPH in Global Health, three-semester format (Fall, Spring  & Summer)

Admission Requirements

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

We do not have specific GPA or GRE score requirements. Test scores submitted may not be more than five years old. Waivers may be granted for applicants who have prior doctoral-level degrees from United States institutions. Applicants who have recently taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may submit these scores as alternatives to the GRE. PLEASE NOTE: The submission of GRE scores are optional for all candidates applying to MPH and MSPH programs for fall 2022 admission. 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.