Global Health
Global Health

Global Health



Making a difference in the health of people around the world.





Race. Gender. Socioeconomic status. Nationality. None of those identifiers should impact a person’s access to good health. Through a unique combination of coursework in D.C. and international practice, students in the Department of Global Health research and implement multisector health initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing of people everywhere.




MPH and PhD Programs


Global Health department; student studying on the 4th floor

Whether you are interested in Global Health policy or program design, 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, Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control, and Humanitarian Health. Additionally, we have a PhD program available to interested prospective students. 



Meet Our Department Chair


Dr. James Tielsch

James M. Tielsch, PhD, MHSc

Department Chair and Professor

James M. Tielsch is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Tielsch also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A graduate of the University of Washington and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Professor Tielsch has been engaged in epidemiologic research and service in a number of areas both domestically and internationally.

James Tielsch's Bio

Our Department's Faculty



Student Opportunities


Global Health Overseas

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 in DC

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 at GW

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.



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.

Practice Experience

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

Careers and Alumni

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



New In Global Health


Samira Traore

Former Peace Corps Volunteer Puts Her MPH to Work

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, Samira Traore ’22 had to learn to shift on the fly. So when COVID-19 cut her assignment in the Southeastern African country from 27 months to 10 months, she pivoted to The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health for an MPH in Global Health. “I went to Mozambique as a community health service promoter. I wanted to lean into that more and understand the role that public health professionals can play in the global community,” she says.

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Department News


Lead Exposure in Early Life Linked to Higher Risk of Criminal Behavior in Adulthood

New analysis from George Washington University spotlights need for policies to prevent future health and social problems from lead exposure
August 1, 2023

New analysis from George Washington University spotlights need for policies to prevent future health and social problems from lead exposure

Public Health Experts Available to Discuss Rising Death Toll in Turkey and Syria

Experts can discuss the rising death toll, emergency response and lax building codes in Turkey and Syria as well as what to expect in the coming months.
February 13, 2023

COVID-19 During Pregnancy Ramps up Serious Health Risks

“This study provides the most comprehensive evidence to date suggesting that COVID-19 is a threat during pregnancy." - Professor Emily Smith
January 16, 2023