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 Professor Sarah Sullivan

Global Health Concentration Chair, Professor Sarah Sullivan


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:

Zachary Hathaway (MSPAS/MPH ’13) conducted a study to assess the knowledge and perceptions of research ethics among medicine and public health students in Bolivia. He designed a cross sectional study enrolling over 200 medical and public health students. Read more...

Kimberly Dauz (MPH ’13) conducted a project that aimed to identify simple, low-cost strategies for improving neonatal health in Cambodia. Kim partnered with the Reproductive and Child Health Association (RACHA) for her project.  She used participant observation methods and observed antenatal care, delivery and postpartum visits.  Read more...

Katrina Chapman, DO, MPH (Class of 2011)worked with local researcher at the University of Debre Markos to examine childhood nutritional status its association with age and gender in that region of Ethiopia. She conducted a cross-sectional study of 239 children, 0 to 5 years of age, who were seen as outpatients in the Debra Markos hospital and the Debre Markos health center. Read more...


The study of global health involves taking the view that health problems must be considered from a truly international perspective and implicit in that is the understanding that the health situation of one population affects other populations as well. Hence, without a healthy global community there is no healthy local or regional community.

The Touro University Public Health Program Global Health Concentration prepares students to be effective leaders and advocates for global health. Our curriculum reflects the current realities of health around the world and reinforces the links between countries at different stages of economic development. Through practical work in complex international settings, students gain more understanding of global health including the challenges, the complexity of solutions, and the role of global health professionals as agents of change. 

 Track Overview

The main objectives of the Global Health Concentration are to:

  • 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.

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The Global Health Concentration 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 Concentration requires 42 units. In addition to the 10 units of concentration 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. 

Global Health Concentration degree requirements and MPH Academic Planning Forms:


Culminating Experience

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 Concentration 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.

Job Settings:

  • 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

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Plan international health programs;

  • Design intervention strategies for disease prevention;

  • Supervise health intervention;

  • Design evaluation strategies;

  • Provide consultative services;

  • Guide strategic planning