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. 


Develop skills in areas like program management, research, and communication while specializing in one of four concentrations. 


MPH graduates in the traditional track have gone on to find jobs in a range of settings including federal and local health departments, the Peace Corps, non-government organizations, nonprofits, research settings, and more.

Click the pie chart to see careers of alumni, by sector.

Global health MPH students choose from four concentration areas:

The infectious disease concentration is designed to prepare students to assume appropriate, responsible, challenging positions to address significant global infectious disease problems. Students will acquire the necessary skills to provide leadership, research, and service and to work as members of teams committed to the prevention and control of infectious diseases throughout the world.

In addition to the department requirements outlined here, this concentration requires:

Two infectious disease courses (5 total credits) + concentration electives


The community health development concentration prepares professionals to work at community, district, and national levels to strengthen indigenous capacity to address their priorities, improve health, and move toward well-being.

Graduates of this concentration will have the capacity to work with grassroots organizations, private voluntary groups, governmental agencies, and other sector providers to design, implement, manage, and evaluate community-based public health initiatives. Emphasis will be given to the development of public health skills, the acquisition of knowledge about working within local communities in different cultural settings and development contexts, and promoting social and behavioral change for healthier communities.

In addition to the department requirements outlined here, this concentration requires:

Three community health and development courses + concentration electives


The public health nutrition concentration takes a broad perspective with respect to both content and methodological approaches to equip students for careers in public health nutrition. Graduates can use these skills to serve government agencies, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, applied research institutions, and universities in the U.S. and globally.

In addition to the department requirements outlined here, this concentration requires:

Three public nutrition courses + concentration electives

The concentration in sexual and reproductive health and population studies addresses current domestic and global issues in these domains using anthropological, demographic, epidemiological, ethnographic, and applied behavioral methods.

The concentration prepares students for programmatic or research work in the fields of reproductive health, sexual health, and population studies, according to their personal career objectives. 

In addition to the department requirements outlined here, this concentration requires:

Three sexual and reproductive health and population studies courses + concentration electives

The traditional format requires four semesters in residence. We also offer the MPH in an accelerated, three-semester format.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the SOPHAS application, all applicants will need to submit the following materials when applying to Rollins:

  • College transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume (optional)

Cohort Size: 90

Average GPA: 3.5 

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

We do not have specific GPA or GRE score requirements. However, due to the strength of our applicant pool, admission is very unlikely if the score on any of the three portions of the GRE is below the 60th percentile.

Department Requirements

Preference is given to students who have advanced training and applied experience in the global arena. This might include working with underserved populations, volunteer or mission experience, or Peace Corps or AmeriCorps service. 

Degree Requirements

42  credit hours: Includes a  thesis  and a  practicum

Methods Requirements (6+ credits)

Students are required to complete six credits in approved skill-based methods courses that will teach them how to plan, implement, monitor, evaluate, present, or analyze data. Current students can access the complete list of approved methods courses in Blackboard. Students can receive guidance on which methods courses to take from Faculty and Academic Advisors. Our departmental Associate Directors of Academic Programs can also help answer course-related questions.

Traditional Sample Schedules

Culminating Experiences 


All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour practicum. This practical experience is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.

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Examples of past thesis titles include:

Electronic Theses and Dissertations