GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK
Greetings to new and prospective students,
Over the last two years, 89 public health, medical, pharmacy and physician assistant students have traveled abroad to conduct their public health field studies. Students traveled to Bolivia, Ethiopia and Cambodia and worked with universities, hospitals, clinics, and community organizations. They studied topics ranging from child malnutrition and neonatal care to health literacy, medication inventory management and research ethics. Below, are several examples of the types of projects in which our students are engaged:
Dr. Carinne Brody, DrPH, MPH
Global Health Track Chair & Assistant Professor
Build capacity by ensuring that students who graduate from the global health concentration have the understanding, knowledge and ability to work on global health issues;
Enable students to produce high quality collaborative research with partners in middle and low income countries to identify possible solutions to health problems in these settings;
Study the international community, local government and civil society contribution to global health solutions and to raise awareness and promote global health perspectives.
The Global Health Track is comprised of the following courses (Total: 10 units):
- Essentials of Global Health (3 units)
- Emerging Health Threats or Global Reproductive Health (3 units)
- Program Evaluation and Needs Assessment (3 units)
- Research Methodology (1 unit)
The Global Health Track requires 42 units. In addition to the 10 units of track courses listed above, students must complete 15 units of core public health courses (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health, and Behavioral and Social Aspects of Public Health), 10 units of elective courses, and 7 units of coursework that comprise the Culminating Experience. C. Please find below links to the Global Health Track degree requirements and MPH Academic Planning Forms.
After completing 10 units of elective courses, MPH students proceed to their culminating
experience, comprised of the Public Health Field Study (400 hours/4 units) and the
Capstone Course (3 units). Students in the Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistant
Studies/Master of Public Health (MSPAS/MPH) program and dual degree programs (DO/MPH
and PharmD/MPH) will be granted waivers for the elective courses that reduce the number
of required field training hours from 400 to 200.
The purpose of the Public Health Field Study is for students to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge they acquired during their graduate didactic coursework, translating that experience to programs, policy development, educational campaigns, and research that benefit communities abroad.
Global Health Track students conduct their field studies at sites in Bolivia, Cambodia or Ethiopia under the guidance of site preceptors and course coordinators at public health institutions, universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and United Nations agencies.
Global Health Career Opportunities
Industrialization, global trade, urbanization, migration, and environmental modifications have ecological impacts which are changing our planet profoundly. As a result, global disease trends are changing rapidly in many countries and new opportunities in national and international health agencies will be created to respond to these profound changes.
- International health agencies: World Health Organization, United Nations Refugee Agency, Pan American Health Organization;
- Federal agencies: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Agency for International Development;
- Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs);
- State agencies;
- Immigrant and migrant health services;
- Philanthropic organizations;
- Research & academic institutions
- Plan international health programs;
- Design intervention strategies for disease prevention;
- Supervise health intervention;
- Design evaluation strategies;
- Provide consultative services;
- Guide strategic planning
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