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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

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Research


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

Professor

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


Performance Measurement and Management Strategies Put in Place Without Sufficient Evidence on Effectiveness, New Study Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 16, 2019) – In 2015, the United Nations created a set of Sustainable Development Goals, including one to achieve good health and ...

Using a Combination Vaccine to Stamp Out Malaria

Nirbhay Kumar, PhD, professor of global health, is conducting a study of malarial vaccines with support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Research Day 2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to all GWSPH students who participated in GW's 2019 Research Day! This year's GWSPH award winners include: Judges Choice Marvin Center Poster Award (For...