Duke Master of Science in Global Health

Duke Master of Science in Global Health

Course overview

The Duke Master of Science in Global Health (MS-GH) is offered jointly by the Graduate School and the Duke Global Health Institute, an interdisciplinary unit that leverages outstanding faculty from across Duke to take on the most complex health challenges facing the world today.

Our unique approach to global health offers:

  • A small cohort of diverse students from around the world
  • Individual attention from dedicated faculty and staff through small classes and one-on-one mentoring
  • A strong culture of innovation and collaboration
  • Duke’s commitment to knowledge in service of society
  • Exceptional student services and resources
  • A beautiful campus in a thriving city

As a student in the MS-GH, you will learn:

  • How to identify and assess current and emerging global health challenges
  • The influence of environmental, economic, social and political factors on health
  • Culturally and ethically informed research methods and technologies that can aid health interventions
  • The role of health policy and systems at local, national and international levels

MS-GH coursework is guided by the principle that complex global health challenges require a multidisciplinary, multisector approach that leverages diverse perspectives. Our faculty include experts in medicine, engineering, the environment, public policy, law, business, social sciences and the humanities. 

Our global health faculty are innovative thinkers and problem solvers. But most of all, they are invested in your learning and professional development. You'll receive one-on-one mentoring from a faculty advisor, as well as opportunities to learn alongside experts from a range of disciplines. 

Experience in the Field

Hands-on learning is a hallmark of our global health education. In the MS-GH program, you'll work closely with a faculty mentor to develop an original research project that includes at least 10 weeks of field experience. Field research typically occurs between the first and second years of the program. 

MS-GH students have done fieldwork in more than 30 countries. Your field experience will be funded, including travel and research expenses. We'll also help you prepare, with workshops on ethical engagement and respect for local cultures and practices.

Careers with Impact 

By the end of our two-year program, you will have a unique combination of skills, knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to make an impact in improving the health and well-being of people around the world.  In addition to coursework, mentorship and field research, you will interact with visiting global health professionals and receive career advising, skills-based workshops and professional development support.

Our alumni have become researchers and leaders in NGOs, academia and private industry. Many pursue further education at top-rated institutions while others forge successful careers in healthcare. Among our graudates who have pursued careers, 82% are working in global health.