Global Health Communication - MPH

Program Contacts

Program Directors

Khadidiatou Ndiaye 

Practicum Director
Shaneka Thurman

Advisor & Advising Info

Mission

THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS

The mission of the MPH in Global Health Communication is to train the next generation of public health professionals engaged in tackling global health issues with direct ties to human behavior. Human behavior is at the core of many of the world’s most pressing public health challenges (ie HIV/AIDS, obesity). This MPH program will train professionals to approach the development and evaluation of behavior change communication programs that address the individual- and community-level factors relevant to the particular population and setting. 

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Goals

Understanding why people do what they do and being able to develop effective ways to get people to change their behavior requires a toolbox filled with a diverse set of skill sets. As a result, the goals of the MPH in Global Health Communication are to teach students the following:

  • Recognition of the complexity of behavior change, especially the multiple levels of influence on human behavior
  • Ability to apply behavior change and communication theories in the development and evaluation of health communication programs and activities
  • Appreciation for the challenges that may arise in addressing behavior change in global settings
  • Critical thinking skills necessary to interpret and apply public health literature related to health communication and behavior change in global health settings
  • Skills for developing and evaluating health communication interventions in resource-limited settings or for vulnerable populations
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods relevant to health communication
  • Knowledge of the various types of stakeholders, including governments, international donors, and local players, that may shape health communication interventions in global settings
  • Cultural competency skills necessary to develop programs and work in diverse cultural settings
  • Awareness of the benefits and challenges to collaborating with organizations that serve disenfranchised/vulnerable communities 

Program Requirements

Program Guide for a MPH in Global Health Communications 2016-2017

Program Requirements

All Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) MPH students who select the Global Health Communication program enroll in Core Courses (15 credits), Department Courses (10 credits), Program-Specific Courses (8 credits), and Electives (8 credits).  The total 45 credit degree program also includes a Practicum (2 credits) and a Culminating Experience (2 credits) where students apply their didactic education in a real world setting.

Required Core Courses (15 credits):  
PUBH 6001 Biological Concepts in Public Health  
PUBH 6002 Biostatistical Applications for Public Health  
PUBH 6003 Principles & Practice in Epidemiology  
PUBH 6004 Environmental & Occupational Health in a Sustainable World  
PUBH 6006 Management & Policy Approaches to Public Health  
PUBH 6007 Social & Behavioral Approaches Public Health  
Required Global Health Departmental Courses (10 credits):  
PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks  
PUBH 6410 Global Health Study Design  
PUBH 6411 Global Health Qualitative Research Methods  
PUBH 6412 Global Health Quantitative Research Methods  
PUBH 6416 Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs  
Required Communication Program Courses (8 credits):  
PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions  
PUBH 6431 Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills  
PUBH 6571 Social Marketing: Theory & Practice  
Elective Concentration courses (8 credits):  
At least one of the following:  
PUBH 6249 Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management & Data Analysis  
PUBH 6262 Intro to Geographic Information Systems  
PUBH 6572 Marketing Research for Public Health  
ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology  
PUBH 6502 Practical Data Analysis: PCH  
PUBH 6533 Design of Comm Health Surveys  
ANTH 6301 The Anthropology of Development  
PUBH 6534 Community-Based Participatory Research  
At least one of the following:  
PUBH 6499 Topics in Global Health: Essentials for Success in GH Communication  
PUBH 6435 Global Health Program Development and Implementation  
or PUBH 6500 Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501 Evaluation of Health Promotion Disease Prevtion Programs  
PUBH 6570 Advanced Public Health Communication: Theory & Practice  
PUBH 6575 Communication Skills for Public Health Professionals  
PUBH 6531 Health Promotion in Health Care Settings  
PUBH 6515 High Risk & Special Populations  
SMPA 6205 Media, Development, and Globalization  
PUBH 6574 Public Health Branding Theory & Practice  
PUBH 6573 Media Advocacy for Public Health  
or PUBH 6532 Community Organization, Devlopment & Advocacy
SMPA 6201 Strategic Communications Skills  
IAFF 6502
  & IAFF 6503
Professional Skills I
   and Professional Skills II
 
Other Electives- SPH or GWU course(s) with advisor's approval via petition  
Practical and Culminating Experience (4 credits):  
PUBH 6014 Practicum  
PUBH 6015 Culminating Experience  

Culminating Experiences

Sample Culminating Experience topics include:

  • Emergency Contraceptives and Twitter: A Content Analysis
  • Social Networking Sites and Disasters: The organizational use of Twitter around the Haiti earthquake
  • Visualizing pathways out of poverty: Reframing reproductive health programs and the role of collective efficacy in economic opportunity using Photovoice methodology with Mayan women in the highlands of Guatemala
  • What role can journalists play in preventing and responding to gender-based violence in developing nations?

Competencies

By the end of their MPH program, students should be able to:

  • Apply multi-disciplinary perspectives to identify, analyze and address global health challenges.
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks  
PUBH 6410 Global Health Study Design  
PUBH 6411 Global Health Qualitative Research Methods  
PubH 6412 Global Health Quantitative Research Methods  
PUBH 6416 Ethical & Cultural Issues in Global Health Research & Programs  
  • Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative methods and select the appropriate method depending on the specific research or programmatic need.
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6411 Global Health Qualitative Research Methods  
PUBH 6412 Global Health Quantitative Research Methods  
  • Interpret and critique research and best practices to inform the development of evidence-based solutions for global health challenges.·        
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks  
PUBH 6410 Global Health Study Design
   
PUBH 6412 Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
   
  • Communicate public health evidence on global health topics to a variety of audiences, such as technical experts, policymakers, lay audiences, and other relevant stakeholders.
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6412 Global Health Quantitative Research Methods  
  • Identify and address the ethical issues of global health programs, policies and research.
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6416 Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs  
  • Engage with diverse individuals, organizations, and communities with respect for different values, beliefs and practices.· 
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6416 Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs  
  • Explain multilevel determinants of problems in Global Health and the basis for strategies and interventions.
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks  
  • Describe the governance and institutional landscape of global health.
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks  
  • Demonstrate professionalism in practice, research and in communication activities. ·    
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6410 Global Health Study Design  
PUBH 6411 Global Health Qualitative Research Methods  
  • Explain the ways in which behavior change and communication theories can inform the development and evaluation of health communication interventions.·     
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions  
PUBH 6431 Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills  
  • Develop logic and conceptual models to design, monitor, and evaluate context-specific health communication interventions. 
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions  
PUBH 6431 Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills  
PUBH 6571 Social Mktg: Theory & Practice  
  • Identify and describe essential components of health communication interventions and strategies, linking theory with practice.
Relevant courses  
PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions  
PUBH 6431 Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills  
PUBH 6571 Social Mktg: Theory & Practice  
  • Evaluate health communication activities and interventions.·      
Relevant courses:  
PUBH 6430 Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions  
PUBH 6431 Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills  

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits are required.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of the core courses and the program-specific courses are required.
  3. Grade point requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average is required.
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.
  6. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). To fulfill this requirement, you must complete the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Course in The Protection of Human Research Subjects.  
  7. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in 8 hours per degree program of advisor pre-approved Public Health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to your field of study.
  8. Integrity Quiz & Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the quiz within their first semester of study. The Code of Integrity and step-by-step instructions can be found here:  http://publichealth.gwu.edu/integrity  

Advising Tips

Always see your advisor for course scheduling and sequencing strategies, but remember that proper course selection, fulfilling requirements, and on-time graduation are your responsibilities.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) curriculum consists of four types of courses: 

  • Required Core Courses (PubH 6001, 6002, 6003, 6004, 6006, and 6007)
  • Required Program-Specific Courses
  • Electives
  • Required Practicum and Culminating Experience

INFORMATION ABOUT CORE COURSES

The MPH core courses are designed to provide students with a broad public health context as well as a critical foundation for subsequent coursework.  Early completion of these core courses ensures that students will have the base of knowledge to successfully complete the program specific courses and to get as much as possible out of them.  As such, entering students are expected to enroll in MPH core courses in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • We expect MPH students to complete the MPH core courses in their first year following their admission into the program (fall/spring/summer). 
  • Students may take core courses in any order. 

Part-time students (who generally take 5 to 7 credits per semester) will typically concentrate on taking just core courses in their first year, and then take program-specific courses in their second and third years. 

In order to help assure that all students complete core courses in the first year of study, SPH will offer all core courses during all three semesters (fall, spring, and summer). This will allow students who wish to complete their MPH degree within two years to do so, and will allow every student to make steady progress toward completing the MPH degree. Most of the MPH Health Policy program specific courses are offered three times in each academic year (fall, spring and summer semesters).

NOTE: We recognize that there may be exceptional circumstances that make it difficult for a student to complete the Milken Institute School core courses in the first year as outlined above. If applicable, students should discuss this situation with his or her academic advisor. If the advisor and student agree that an exception is needed, the student should complete a Graduate Petition Form explaining the circumstances, obtain the academic advisor’s signature, and submit the Petition to the Milken Institute SPH Office of Student Records.

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 
 
Past Guides (PDF includes information on ALL Global Health MPH programs/tracks and Certificate requirements):
 
Guides that are not available online can be accquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.