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Global Health

Making a difference in the health of people around the world
Zika's impact on the world's largest sporting event

This Month in GH: What Does the Zika Virus Mean for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?

The continued spread of the Zika virus has raised concerns about the upcoming August Olympic Games in Brazil, where cases of the virus have been reported. Anytime an outbreak like this hits, global health experts, like Professor Ron Waldman, are the first to step up and provide guidance to the public and help on the ground. Dr. Waldman recently discussed the Zika virus on CCTV America—the link between Zika and birth defects, how it’s spread and how to contain that spread.

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What is Global Health?

Global health focuses on improving the health and health equity of all people worldwide by collaborating across country boundaries to research and implement multi-sector policies and programs. Combining courses in DC with international practice, our students leave with the knowledge and experience needed to respond to the changing health and disease environment of the 21st century. Our department works closely with worldwide partners to improve the rigor of educational global health programs, expand research and policy collaborations, and address national and international public health challenges.

Program Offerings

MPH and DrPH Programs

Whether you are interested in Global Health Policy, Program Design or Communications, we have the graduate program for you.

Our Global Health Department offers several different master's programs including Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Global Health Policy, Global Environmental Health and Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control. Additionally, there are joint MA/MPH and DrPH programs available to interested prospective students.

Graduate Programs

Doctorate Program

Student Opportunities

Opportunities Abroad

Each semester, faculty, staff and students from the Department of Global Health can be found around the world practicing what they teach and learn in the classrooms of GW.

Global Health Overseas
In Our Own Community

Located in the heart of the nation's capital, the Department of Global Health offers a front row seat on the city – and the world.

Global Health in DC
Here On Campus

GW is home to a wide range of global health research and practice activities both within the Department of Global Health and across the University.

Global Health at GW

Explore Global Health


GWSPH students have opportunities to impact health here in our own community at GW, in DC and also in different countries abroad.

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Practice Experience

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.

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Meet Our Faculty

Ronald Waldman, MD, PhD


Ron Waldman, MD began his career as a volunteer in the World Health Organization's Smallpox Eradication Program and has coordinated efforts for the likes of the WHO, USAID, and the United Nations. In his spotlight, Dr. Waldman discusses his journey into public health, the importance of humanitarian work and why he chooses Washington, DC over New York City.

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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources

Department News

Dean Goldman Awarded the Walsh McDermott Medal at the National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting

The Walsh McDermott Medal is awarded to a NAM member for distinguished service to the Academies over an extended period of time.

Five Reasons to Attend the GWSPH Open House on November 17, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to visit the school for the last on-campus visit day this fall!

GW Public Health Students and Faculty Attend PAHO/WHO Directing Council

Milken Institute School of Public Health Global Health Policy student Hulliams Tamah Kamlem provides an account of his experience at the September 2016 events.