Global Health Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation - MPH


Global Health Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation - MPH





The mission of the GW Master of Public Health (MPH) Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation program is to train the next generation of global health professionals to design, evaluate, and implement health programs and initiatives. Graduates will contribute to the improved efficacy of health programs around the world. They will use research and evidence to inform decisions and policies that affect diverse populations. In addition, the MPH in Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation degree coursework helps professionals to evaluate the best use of investments and resources in underserved communities around the world.

At the George Washington University, we are proud to educate students who are committed to improving public health on a global scale and engaging in and promoting public service. We emphasize these qualities in the MPH Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation program because they are essential for future health professionals and public health practitioners. In addition, we’re certain that Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation graduates can:

  • Utilize the full range of evaluation design options to generate the best evidence on how well a program is working, what is influencing its development, and what factors are contributing to its success or failure.
  • Work within real-world confines to strengthen the methodological rigor of evaluation and program implementation.
  • Use theory to ground program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Generate and use data for management decision-making.
  • Translate evidence into implementation improvements and policy recommendations.

Flexible Programming

To help students fit graduate school into their daily life, Milken Institute SPH provides flexible course offerings, which allows Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation students to take up to 15 credits online.

Program Prerequisites

This program is a good fit for students with an interest in working to improve the effectiveness of programs aimed at improving human health.  Students who are interested in working with diverse populations and those who wish to study broad categories of health programs are great candidates for this MPH in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation.


Students should remember to follow the curriculum associated with the Academic Year in which they matriculated. All Program Guides are linked in the following Curriculum Tab.

Students in the GW Master of Public Health (MPH) Global Health Policy Program must complete three main academic requirements; the MPH core, program specific-requirements, and electives. There are 16 credits of core MPH requirements, including the practicum and culminating experience that must be successfully completed. And, there are an additional 24 program-specific credits plus 5 elective credits that are also required. 
MPH Core Requirements

PUBH 6000 | MPH Applied Practice Experience (0 credits)
PUBH 6002 | Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (3 credits)
PUBH 6003 | Principles and Practice of Epidemiology (3 credits)
PUBH 6007 | Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (2 credits)
PUBH 6011 | Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
PUBH 6012 | Fundamentals of Health Policy: Public Health and Healthcare (2 credits)
PUBH 6021 | Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I: Leading Self and Teams in Public Health (1 credit)
PUBH 6022 | Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II: Managing Organizations and Influencing Systems in Public Health (1 credit)
PUBH 6023 | Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE) (0 credits) 
PUBH 6418 | GH Culminating Experience I: Proposal Development (1 credit)
PUBH 6419 | GH Culminating Experience II (1 credit)



Required Program Specific Courses

PUBH 6400 | Global Health Frameworks ​ (2 credits)
PUBH 6410 | Global Health Study Design​ (1 credits)
PUBH 6412 | Global Health Quantitative Research Methods ​(3 credits)
PUBH 6416 | Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research & Programs ​(1 credit)
PUBH 6423 | Ethics in Public Health Practice and Policy ((1 credit)
PUBH 6435 | Global Health Program Design and Implementation ​(2 credits)
PUBH 6501 | Program Evaluation (3 credits)
PUBH 6047 | Systematic Reviews to Synthesize Evidence in Public Health Practice (1 credit)



Program Selective Courses

A minimum of 6 credits must be taken from approved list below (or others with Advisor’s advanced approval)

PUBH 6411 | Global Health Qualitative Research Methods (2 credits)
PUBH 6436 | Global Health Program Management and Leadership  (2 credits)
PUBH 6440 | Global Health Economics (2 credits)
PUBH 6445 | Quantitative Methods for Impact Evaluation (3 credits)
PUBH 6466 | Health Financing in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (2 credits)
PUBH 6493 | Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management in Developing Countries (2 credits)
PUBH 6058 | Research Violence Against Women and Girls (2 credits)
PUBH 6495 | Field Trial Methods and Application (2 credits)
PUBH 6451 | Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual Reproductive Health Programs in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (2 credits)


Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Elective Courses

9 credits - any PUBH graduate level course. Other courses may be selected with advanced advisor approval. 

See program guide for a sample list of electives.


Please reference the program guide and our SPH Course Descriptions.

Non-Academic Requirements

Professional Enhancement

Students in degree programs must participate in eight hours of Professional Enhancement. These activities may be Public Health-related lectures, seminars, or symposia related to your field of study.

Professional Enhancement activities supplement the rigorous academic curriculum of the SPH degree programs and help prepare students to participate actively in the professional community. You can learn more about opportunities for Professional Enhancement via the Milken Institute School of Public Health Listserv, through departmental communications, or by speaking with your advisor.

Students must submit a completed Professional Enhancement Form to the student records department [email protected].

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training

All students are required to complete the Basic CITI training module in Social and Behavioral Research prior to beginning the practicum.  This online training module for Social and Behavioral Researchers will help new students demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects - key for any public health research.

Academic Integrity Quiz

All Milken Institute School of Public Health students are required to review the University’s Code of Academic Integrity and complete the GW Academic Integrity Activity.  This activity must be completed within 2 weeks of matriculation. Information on GWSPH Academic Integrity requirements can be found here.

Past Program Guides

Program Guides from prior Academic Years

Students in the MPH in GH Policy program should refer to the guide from the year in which they matriculated into the program. For the current program guide, click the "PROGRAM GUIDE" button on the right-hand side of the page.


Students in the GW MPH programs gain practical skills and knowledge through their practice experiences. It is important for MPH Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation graduates to feel confident in their skills and gain real-world experience during their studies. Students in the Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation MPH program complete both an Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) and a Culminating Experience to practice their knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

Your Applied Practice Experience (Practicum)

In the Department of Global Health, the Practicum is designed to engage students in a Practice Activity—a planned, supervised, and evaluated experience in a public health organization. The Practice Activity can be related to either primary research or public health practice. It might include activities such as conducting literature reviews, writing proposals, designing ad campaigns, or collecting and analyzing data.

The Practice Activity for the MPH Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation degree may not be directly related to the student's day-to-day work. This is to ensure that students learn and apply new skills in the context of public health. If the student does conduct the Practice Activity at his/her place of employment, it must be work for which the student is not remunerated.

In recent years students in the Department of Global Health have worked with over 200 organizations in more than 50 countries.  The following organizations regularly host our practicum students:

  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Peace Corps
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • Save the Children
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Your Culminating Experience

The Culminating Experience (CE) integrates the knowledge and skills students acquire through their academic work and the Practice Activity. The CE requires students to identify and define a specific public health issue and formulate hypotheses to address that issue. Students work with data obtained through either primary research or from an existing dataset. The process of proposal development, data analysis, interpretation, and extrapolation of the results culminates in a written report or manuscript and an oral presentation.

Some previous CE research topics in the MPH Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation program include:

  • Establishing a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Institute of Medicine's Consensus Study Process
  • Creation, Distribution, and Retention of Midlevel Health Workers; and Implications for Routine Immunization: A Case Study of Ghana
  • The Impacts of Cash Transfers on Health Seeking Behaviors Among Young Women in Zomba, Malawi
  • Evidence-Based Indicators for Defining a Nutrition Response in Emergencies: Working Towards a Global Paradigm Shift"
  • Reducing Gender-based Violence and Harmful Traditional Practices: A Quantitative Analysis of the “Through Our Eyes” project
There are numerous opportunities for Global Health Policy degree program graduates as new global health initiatives are developed and tested. MPH Global Health Policy graduates are in high demand at state and local governmental organizations, private health agencies and foundations, non-profit research centers, and educational institutions. Graduates with an MPH Global Health Policy degree find careers in teaching, research, and consulting.
Jobs For Which You WIll Be Prepared For
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Officer
  • Strategic Information and Evaluation (SI&E) Officer
  • Program Officer
  • Program Manager
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Program Coordinator
  • Country Officer
  • Research Assistant
Organizations You Are Prepared to Help

US Government Agencies

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • Peace Corps
  • United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • US Department of State


  • Private Sector – For Profit
    • Abt Associates
    • Camris International
    • Chemonics International Inc.
    • DAI
    • Deloitte Consulting LLP
    • ICF International
    • The Palladium Group
    • University Research Co., LLC. (URC)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
    • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Care International
    • Catholic Relief Services
    • Doctors of the World
    • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
    • Engender Health
    • FHI 360
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • IMA World Health
    • International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
    • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
    • International Food Policy Research Institution (IFPRI)
    • International Justice Mission (IJM)
    • International Medical Corps (IMC)
    • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
    • JSI
    • Management Services for Health (MSH)
    • MEASURE Evaluation
    • Pact
    • PATH
    • Pathfinder International
    • Plan International
    • Population Council
    • Population Services International (PSI)
    • Relief International
    • Results for Development (R4D)
    • Save the Children
    • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
    • Women for Women International
    • World Vision
  • Multilateral Organizations
    • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
    • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
    • United Nations Foundation
    • United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
    • United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
    • WHO - Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
    • World Bank
    • World Health Organization (WHO)


Students pursuing an MPH in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation have access to a world-class faculty with relevant expertise and diverse experience in research, governmental, clinical, and multinational foundation settings. The many areas of interest and research experience for professors and lecturers in the Program Global Health Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Master of Public Health program include program planning, program design and evaluation, research methods, design theory, and policy advocacy.

We’re pleased to introduce you to these MPH Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation faculty members:

Dr. Jennifer Seager, Program Director

Sarah Baird

Uriyoan Colon-Ramos

Dr. Mary Ellsberg

Dr. Gene Migliaccio

Dr. John Sandberg