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Global Health

Making a difference in the health of people around the world

From Ghana to Greece: Global Health Student Gains Invaluable Fieldwork Experience

This past summer, passionate and hardworking second-year global health student Tara Pokras was looking to gain more real-world experience outside of the classroom. She was fortunate to land two incredible opportunities that helped expand her exposure to fieldwork as well as her experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation.

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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

James M. Tielsch, PhD, MHSc

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.

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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources

Department News

mRNA Vaccines Offer One-Two Punch to Combat Malaria

WASHINGTON (Dec. 1, 2022) — Malaria is found in more than 90 countries around the world, causing 241 million cases and an estimated 627,000 deaths every year. Vaccines...

Tools and Education Can Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption For Low-Income Latino Families

Providing families with a water filter and educational intervention changed their water drinking behaviors, according to new research by the George Washington University.

Experts Available to Discuss Monkeypox Cases & Vaccination Campaign

WASHINGTON (June 29, 2022)— On June 28, the US Department of Health and Human Services launched a monkeypox vaccination campaign to combat rising cases of the viral...