MSUToday
Published: July 16, 2019

MSU to launch online master’s degree in global health

Contact(s): Laura Probyn College of Osteopathic Medicine office: (517) 884-3755 laura.probyn@hc.msu.edu

Individuals with interest in global health and development, health policy and related areas can prepare for numerous experiences by enrolling in Michigan State University’s new Master of Science, or M.S., degree and certificate program. It is currently accepting students to begin courses in January 2020.

The online M.S. in Global Health is a multidisciplinary program that is offered through the MSU Institute for Global Health.

Students complete 42 credits over two years, including core courses focusing on competencies in management, ethics, evidence-based practice, globalization of health and health care, strategic analysis, capacity strengthening, collaboration and communications.

The graduate certificate program is comprised of three courses and credits are transferrable to the M.S. program.

“MSU is home to such an incredible depth of experience in research, teaching and service in both health and international development,” said Rebecca Malouin, an MSU associate professor and the program director. “We intend to draw on this wealth of knowledge to provide students with a strong base of applied, multidisciplinary knowledge that they can use in many professional settings.”

Students can participate in a global course in one of nine countries and/or an independent elective at the location of their choosing. Masters students will also complete a capstone project to demonstrate how their learning could be applied to address a global health challenge.

“There is an immense need for professionals who understand that human health issues are inextricably connected with the environment, animal health and food and water security,” said William Cunningham, director of the MSU Institute for Global Health and an associate dean at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Our goal in establishing the MSU Master’s in Global Health and the graduate certificate program is to prepare students who will have a broad understanding of these connections and who have tools that can be used in addressing them,” Cunningham said.

To learn more about the programs, including prerequisites and application information, visit the MSU Institute for Global Health website or contact the institute via email.